Becca Richardson, Lapel
Thursday, Jan 18th, 2017 Brick & Mortar Music San Francisco, CA $8 ADV / $10 DOS / Age 18 And Up Becca Richardson https://www.facebook.com/beccarichardsonmusic/ BECCA RICHARDSON HAS ALWAYS NAVIGATED UNCERTAIN SPACES. As a mixed-race daughter in middle America, someone always feeling "just left of inside," the questions surrounding what it means to belong and connect have long been on her mind. From her childhood bedroom in small-town Ohio, Richardson found a first spark of connection through her love of music. Her earliest musical memories are of her mother dancing in the kitchen to artists like Fleetwood Mac and Cat Stevens, and her father spinning records from the likes of Coltrane and Phoebe Snow after work. After learning to sing and play the piano and guitar, she discovered a deep passion for songwriting -- something that still serves as a powerful tool for discovering herself and carving out a space in the world. As an adult, Richardson headed west, honing her style in Northern California. That sunny, jangly influence makes an appearance in her songs, combined with her electronic sensuality and a bluesy sensibility. Richardson provides examinations into womanhood, otherness and the concept of autonomy. After a few years working her way through the San Francisco music scene, Richardson made the move to the musical mecca of Nashville, TN where she quickly began work on her debut album with producers Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Adia Victoria) and Courtney Little. Her LP, We Are Gathered Here, was self-released Oct 2017 and has garnered national attention from publications like Paste Magazine and Brightest Young Things, as well as local play on Nashville's Lightning 100 radio. Lapel In 1977, during an interview with People Magazine, Canadian mental health activist Margaret Trudeau was asked about her marriage to the former Prime Minister of Canada. She wasn't having it. "I want to be more than a rose in my husband's lapel," Trudeau replied. An elegant declaration of independence and identity, the sentence has been stuck in Debbie Neigher's head ever since, like a song that's familiar but impossible to place. Lapel, the new solo project from the San Francisco singer-songwriter and musician, delivers a similar statement -- a fresh debut from a Bay Area music scene veteran. After years as a backing vocalist and keyboardist sitting in with bands like Ezra Furman, Curls (Christopher Owens), The Family Crest, and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, Debbie Neigher has claimed her place in the spotlight. By turns playful and personal, introspective and danceable, Lapel's debut record Periphery marks both a new sound and a new level of creative control for the artist. While Neigher, a lifelong pianist, earned critical accolades for her lush, lyrical indie-pop on her 2013 solo work Unravel, the piano "had started to feel like a ball and chain," says Neigher. "So I made a rule for myself that I wasn't allowed to use any piano on this record." Inspired by the space that remained, she felt a new freedom to experiment, and invited friends from Geographer and Astronauts, Etc. to help her craft an immersive, atmospheric and entirely new electronic landscape. Recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studios, the record was co-produced by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Tune-Yards) and Neigher herself. The result is a confident record with a singular voice: Neigher delves fearlessly into a range of serious topics, from the personal (the death of her first boyfriend from a drug overdose) to the global (police brutality, reproductive rights). "This was an opportunity to play a new character, with a new sound, in a whole different visual universe," says Neigher. In other words: Lapel is a new beginning, but it's been a long time coming. "It's a proclamation," says Neigher, "against allowing yourself to be defined or diminished by anyone else."