New Pornographer Kathryn Calder released her solo debut album, Are You My Mother?, nearly a year ago, but she's just now getting around to touring in support of it. It's understandable--Calder's been through some emotionally trying times of late. She wrote the album as a tribute to her terminally ill mother, Lynn (the songs were recorded in Lynn's living room), who passed away shortly thereafter. Are You My Mother? is a fragile wisp of record, composed mainly of Calder's pristine voice floating atop simple, sparse piano melodies. Songs like "Arrow" and "Slip Away" are delicate, sometimes even timid, but in such a setting, those qualities seem fitting. The album is a lovely and undeniably touching portrait of love and grief; hopefully presenting the music to an audience will provide solace and catharsis for Calder.
Calder had a couple of adorable music videos made, including the animated "Arrow," above, and, after the jump, "Slip Away," which features cute fuzzy bunnies in space.
Calder also spoke with Chris Kornelis in this week's music lead about patriotism in her home country of Canada. Check that out here.
Kathryn Calder's show is tonight at the Rendezvous. Karl Blau, Himalayan Bear, and Mal de Mer will open. The show starts at 10 p.m. and is $10 at the door.