EP Hall Mommy Crow

(photo credit: Ryan Monroe)

EP Hall was kind enough to send me a copy of her first full length album, entitled 'Mommy Crow'. I knew I would love it, because I was already a fan, after being introduced to her music sometime in 2006, and seeing her play at a very small house show in Bloomington, IN in early 2009. There is something really special in this music. Something which I have trouble describing in words, but nonetheless hits me right in the place it matters. There are things in her songs that leave me breathless and feeling that I've somehow stumbled into a place where time is forgotten, and the only thing that matters is the power of a whisper and the punch of a well delivered lyric line.
The album starts with the driving 'Emperors Note', which is the standout track of this recording. While the remainder of the album never quite reaches the emotional height delivered in that song, it nonetheless leads the listener through many twisting alleyways, through joy and pain and suffering, and all things in between. This is best listened to in it's entirety, as a complete piece.
'Would you rather carve your name in pavement or be the lonely ampersand curled up into a ball and reaching out before you fall out of the sentence.' This is a good example of the interesting nature of language used here. It seems familiar, but altogether new at the same time. That line is from the song 'Churchyard', which is my personal favorite track. EP is one of the strongest lyricists I have ever heard, and that just becomes more and more apparent with time.
This album is a gem, and should be heard by all. The copy I recieved was hand silk screened, and beautiful. If all albums were this well done, with as much thought put into the music, lyrics, and overall presentation, I believe that the album as a form of music would not be dying at such a rapid pace. But at the same time, it's albums like that this that give people the faith to keep listening.

One could find a copy of 'Mommy Crow' here
Find out more at www.ephall.com and www.myspace.com/ephallmusic

1. The Emperor's Note

2. Mommy Crow

3. Gone are the Thoughts of Sparrows

4. The Shade

5. Churchyard

6. (Go the Sun Down)

7. Water Tower

8. The White Bird, In Springtime, Will Find You

9. The Secrets Change, They Melt and Freeze

10. (Chase Scene Through the Silent Forest)

11. Ladders and Mirrors

12. Analysis of Variance

EP Hall is currently on tour, supporting the album. Listed below are the remainder of her US dates:

May 26 2010 8:30P
Historical Monument 157 Los Angeles, CA
May 27 2010 7:30P
Mike Barn
Isla Vista, CA
May 27 2010 10:00P
Live Radio Set on Santa Barbara’s infamous 5432...fun Santa Barbara, CA

May 28 2010 8:00P

May 29 2010 9:00P
San Francisco, CA

Jun 2 2010 8:00P
Portland, OR
Jun 4 2010 8:00P
Olympia, WA
Jun 5 2010 8:00P
Seattle, WA

Jun 6 2010 8:30P
Jun 7 2010 8:00P
Provo, Utah

Jun 8 2010 8:00P
Panthernaut Productions Grand Junction,CO

Jun 9 2010 8:00P

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