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I was just telling a publicist for a decent sized label that I won’t review anything that’s been out for awhile as I’m trying to focus on new music that people may not have heard yet. Well, today I’m going to break that rule with a record by Chris Pureka called Dryland that came out in October of 2006.
Chris Pureka is a 27 year old singer songwriter from Northampton, Ma (a folk music hotbed located near a half dozen colleges and universities). She has some dates opening up for Dar Williams which is certainly a good sign that someone else besdies just me holds her music in high esteem. With her husky, low voice and tomboy appearance, Chris Pureka’s music comes across a little like how the music of Josh Rouse and Ron Sexsmith can at times seem androgynous or at least gender neutral. “31 And Falling” doesn’t kick in for earnest `til about the halfway point but when it does it’s a pretty cathartic moment. Buy Dryland here.