Dawn Landes

Decades: 2000s


Louisville, Kentucky, USA. This indie folk singer-songwriter learned to play the piano as a youngster but also showed an early interest in compiling ‘found sounds’. Landes attended New York University in the late 90s and quickly became affiliated with the city’s long-established ‘fast folk’ scene, where her creative urge found her experimenting with a range of instruments on stage. She also began working part-time as a sound engineer on albums by artists such as Ryan Adams, Joseph Arthur, and Hem, also taking to the road to tour with the latter band. It was during this period that Landes recorded the material that would comprise her 2002 debut. Dawn Landes offered a telling glimpse of the artist’s eclectic musical talent with its blend of acoustic and electric styles and the employment of a diverse range of instruments, including accordion, guitar, glockenspiel and piano.

Increasingly dividing her time between...

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