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Krista Polvere

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A compelling fire burns, both smoldering and raging, on the end-to-end excellent Reservoir Drive, the sophomore outing from Adelaide-based Krista Polvere. There’s heat to her songs that warms and scalds in all the right places as this Aussie shows off an understanding of Americana ways that bests a great deal of her Stateside competition. Produced by Marc Ford (Ryan Bingham, Steepwater Band, ex-Black Crowes) and his longtime collaborator Anthony Arvizu, Reservoir Drive is by turns intimate and believably tough, a combination that puts her in the good company of touchstones like prime Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt and contemporaries like Nicki Bluhm and Julie Miller.

Krista Polvere

Krista Polvere

This set is a lovely balancing act of material ideal for radio play and album cuts that speak of depths the mainstream airwaves don’t dabble in anymore. Polvere is totally convincing rocking out, as on the Ryan Adams aided single “Looking For Love,” but she’s often most affecting when she whispers in our ear, her naturally warbled voice making one sigh and close their eyes as bluebirds fly around our head.

The arrangements and instrumentation on Reservoir Drive are pitch perfect, mandolin and electric guitars each having their say with Polvere skipping and swaying over it all. Recorded at Compound Studio in Long Beach, the album carries a lil’ California shimmer, the ghosts of Topanga Canyon and 70s Asylum Records twang touched rock flying in the background of this quite charming update of the very winning formula of dead solid songwriting, quality musicianship, tasty production and a front woman with impactful pipes filled with genuine personality.

We asked Krista to tackle DI’s ongoing philosophical roundtable to get to know this promising new artist a bit better. And peep the video directed by Impound favorite Bryan Elijah Smith below along with some duets the two captured while Smith played dates with Polvere in Australia last year.

stuffed dormouse & quaaludes!

Mix Tape

Brought To You By The Letter…F

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The Impound has been organizing its music archives, and we hit upon the idea of sharing tunes we dig in an alphabetical way. So, for the next few months we’ll be working our way from A-Z with a choice baker’s dozen or so installment each week that includes bands/artists from a single letter.

Our “F” assortment includes DI staples Dan Fogelberg, Fleetwood Mac and Fairport Convention alongside some artists that deserve bigger audiences and critical recognition (The Features, Johnny Flynn and Liam Finn) as well as a monster track from one of our fave-o-rite cult U.K. acts (“Good News Bad News”) named Family. If just one listener decides to explore the Family catalog because of this mix we feel we’re doing God’s work here at the Impound (and you might well start with the killer 2 CD compilation In Their Own Time if you feel so inclined). Now, we’ll shut the “F” up and get rolling…

Listen to this mix HERE. Track listing below.

You can listen to 8tracks mixes on your iPhone (pick up the app here) and Android (pick up the app here).

Uh, we were going to show you a nice picture of Furry Friends with a Fabulous Letter “F” but the Sesame Street gang is still pissed about Romney saying he’s pulling their funding. Looks like it’s gonna be a street fight with the GOP!

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