by Kristen York
Questionable haircut, awesome voice. But thats beside the point. Atlanta native Laura Chandler moved to San Francisco, where she saved up her pennies to put out Mapping Territories on her very on label, and she done good! Mapping is one of those rare Adult records which doesnt bore: The piano and percussion keep the songs fresh, the vocals keep the mood soulful. Although shes been compared, vocally, to Joan Osborne, Everything But The Girls Tracey Thorn, and other mellow, folky types, she sounds more like Deborah Harry than anyone else. But thats beside the point.
Laura Chandler takes Andrews Sisters harmonies and throws them in with Peter Gabriel-ish atmospheric production and sews it all together with Hammond organ, acoustic guitar, piano, and God knows what else. I guess thats all. Oh yeah, she writes really good songs too!
Chandler performs at Horizon Records Wednesday, August 7 at 5:30 pm and at the Handlebar in Greenville Thursday, August 8.