PRESS QUOTES FOR ORMOLU

"If singer-songwriter Rachel Taylor Brown's third release, "Ormolu," needed to be summed up in a single word, it would have to be "melancholic." But "pensive" could work well, too, as would "brooding," or to keep it simple, "sad." And "beautiful" would be apt as well.....And that's the difficult artistic trick Brown has pulled off with "Ormolu." She's managed to construct a quick listen that feels almost epic, an album that demands to be encountered and examined again and again." — The Oregonian

"'Ormolu' is only 23-1/2 minutes long and I guarantee that you will keep hitting the replay button on your CD player... over...and over... and over... Hell, I played it back to back five times in a row. This is a must have...will be in my TOP 10 list for album of the year. [WOT90s radio named 'Ormolu' Number Two Album of the Year 2006] " — WOT90s Radio

"'Upright Man' truly showcases Brown's voice and songwriting skills; the image she conjures of a man being trampled, almost peacefully, by a steady stream of foot traffic while repeating, 'I'm under you' and 'I'm a good man,' is desperately sad, but ultimately very human and empathetic. " — Willamette Week

"Delicate, contemplative and beautiful in its melancholy, Rachel Taylor Brown's music will wend its way into your soul, and there it will stay. A truly remarkable and unique talent worthy of your attention and further exploration. " — MastanMusic Hour

"Aimed at that mysterious vulnerable spot between your heart and stomach. " — The Oregonian

"Each precious piece of music deliciously served on its own, unique emotional platter. " — Apotheosis di Musica

"Her voice sounds pure and gorgeous; her songwriting and sparse, piano-based arrangements are classic. Ormolu (is) a collection of hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking songs that illuminate what happens when love turns into something poisonous and people turn into something other than what we wanted." — The Portland Tribune

"Brown never loses the humanity of each of the characters she creates, in the same way that Breugel could record our follies while also expressing the love he felt for our silly species. As with her past releases, Brown exercises her considerable range as a vocalist, reminding us of her classical work and her ability to put that to use to create dark expressionist tonal worlds like the ones found on Ormolu. Think Randy Newman meets Stravinsky." — The Portland Alliance.

"Unlike anything else... incredible... a completely unique visionary." — Mississippi Studios

"...uncompromising in her writing, willing to imbue her songs with the artful attack of dissonance, storm and stress, and lyrics that will rip your heart out. Part madwoman in the attic, part pop-diva, Rachel is a crazy talent" — Cutthroat Pop Records

 


 

PRESS QUOTES FOR JONAH DAYS

"Brown's songs have been described as catchy alt-pop, but they're darker and subtler than that. Many of them have a twist that catches you by surprise... Dawning awareness that things aren't what they seem..." — The Oregonian

"... she has created an album of gravity and substance, haunting in its charm - memorable in the grandeur of its effortless simplicity. This album is to music what John Sayles' "The Secret of Roan Inish" is to film: an enduring folk tale, rich with timeless images. Inspired and original." — Two Louies Magazine

"Brown spins out strange, unsettling stories about fate, bad timing, grand disappointments, cosmic punishments and the blurred line between dream and waking. (She) doesn't make it easy, but she makes it well worthwhile. A few times through Jonah Days and you'll agree." — The Portland Alliance

 


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BIO

Living in Portland with her beloved husband, Jay, Rachel makes sometimes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs, mostly on the piano. She’s not a lover of summer. She reads a lot and watches tv and likes to meet the kitties on late night neighborhood walks.

She used to get out a lot more but worried frequently about going crazy, had a nervous breakdown and was a hermit for about 8 years, during which she wrote a lot. She writes a lot still.

Her music reflects a love/hate relationship with humanity and persistent awe at the beauty and horror in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

Her latest album, Falimy, was released in 2014. Falimy, World So Sweet and Songs Without a Home (a little extra clump of previously unrecorded songs) and her previous four records, Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and Other Saints and Superheroes, Half Hours With the Lower Creatures, 7 Small Winter Songs, and Ormolu were all recorded in Portland, Oregon with audio midwife, Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Menomena, Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus).

In addition to her own music she's provided backup for a lot of Portland bands' recordings and projects (Leigh Marble, hurtbird, Fear of Heights, Scotland Barr, Holcombe Waller, Noah Hall, Jeremy Serwer, Vellarest, Pilar French, Steve Wilkinson). She's a soprano veteran of Portland classical groups Cappella Romana, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Trinity Consort, and Seattle's Tudor Choir.

She's been featured on NPR, Fluxblog and in the unusual and critically praised music compendium by the late Scott Miller, "Music: What Happened?"

Rachel was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

"Brown has a gift for channeling her inner demons into a mesmerizing world of sound" (Robin Hilton, NPR)

"Rachel Taylor Brown--another great unknown." (Bob Boilen, NPR)

"The brilliance of her music is that piano-based songwriting can often times be formulaic, trite and uninspiring, and what she has done for four consecutive albums is anything but. Her music is daring, fearless and chilling, and even sometimes catchy. A cerebral, free-thinking talent that isn't afraid to take chances and stir things up a bit. Somewhere, somehow John Lennon is smiling." (Gregory Robson, Absolute Punk)

"She is a visionary and a true artist" (Jordan Blum, Delusions of Adequacy)

"Unfaltering and brave" (Jedd Beaudoin, Popmatters)

"For those who like their music to challenge their ears, hearts and minds, Rachel Taylor Brown remains a seemingly inexhaustible resource." (Casey Jarman, Willamette Week)

"A songwriter and performer who has reached a level few will" (Zaph Mann, OPB)

"This is art as hard—and ultimately rewarding—as life itself." (Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week)

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LINKS TO PRESS ARTICLES

ZACHARY MULE: FALIMY REVIEW — Kevin Renick

KBOO FM TOP TEN ALBUMS of 2014: FALIMY — Richard Lindsay/Radio Lost and Found, Kill Ugly Ra

CHRISTIAN B. CAREY: Rachel Taylor Brown's 7 small winter songs — Christian B. Carey

THAT MUSIC MAGAZINE Interview: For No One: Rachel Taylor Brown Continues Doing Things Her Way — Erinn Fortson

THE BIG TAKEOVER: FALIMY review — Chuck Foster

POPDOSE: Album Review: Rachel Taylor Brown, "FALIMY" — Rob Ross

DAGGER ZINE review — Dagger Zine

UTNE READER MONTHLY MUSIC SAMPLER: featuring 'Robin' from FALIMY — Christian Williams

WICKED SPINS RADIO/UK: Rachel Taylor Brown Interview — snuff monkey

babysue.com: FALIMY review — LMNOP

WONDERING SOUND: FALIMY album stream, review — J. Edward Keyes

THE BIG TAKEOVER: Chuck Foster's Top 10 — Chuck Foster

OLA's KOOL KITCHEN: FALiMY on the radio — DJ Ola

PITTSBURGH IN TUNE: FALIMY review — Jeffrey Sisk

THE PORTLAND MERCURY: FALIMY feature/interview — Robert Ham

EAST BAY EXPRESS: FALIMY review — Mark Keresman

HEAVY METAL TIME MACHINE: FALIMY review — Andy

FAME: FALIMY review — Mark S. Tucker

HELLO CRUEL WORLD/KZME: Radio FALIMY & earlier albums feature, interview — John B. Jones

THE PORTLAND MERCURY: FALIMY album release show preview, streaming — Ned Lannaman

JERSEY BEAT: FALIMY review — Joe Wawrzyniak

INNOCENT WORDS: Q&A with Rachel Taylor Brown — Troy Michael

GHETTOBLASTER: FALIMY interview with Rachel Taylor Brown — Timothy Anderl

HOWLIN WUELF MEDIA: LIttle Fucker streaming — Howard Wuelfing

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: FALIMY review — S.P. Clarke

OREGON MUSIC NEWS: Interview and FALIMY review — Tom D'Antoni

WILLAMETTE WEEK: FALIIMY review — Jeff Rosenberg

THE PORTLAND TRIBUNE: FALIMY show preview, review — Rob Culverwell

"MUSIC: WHAT HAPPENED?"--"Stagg Field" (2008) and "Modesto Waltz" (2011) by Rachel Taylor Brown — Scott Miller

HELLHOUND: Fearless Songwriter Rachel Taylor Brown Set to Release 7th Album 'Falimy' on Penury Pop Records — Hellhound

WILLAMETTE WEEK: The Best Albums of 2011 (incl. World So Sweet/Rachel Taylor Brown) — MS, CJ, et al

NPR: Rachel Taylor Brown — Robin Hilton

NPR: Rachel Taylor Brown/All Songs Considered — Bob Boilen

WILLAMETTE WEEK: Cut of the Day, Rachel Taylor Brown, "City of Angels," Songs Without a Home (self-released) — Robert Ham

DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY review: World So Sweet — Jordan Blum

POPMATTERS: World So Sweet Review — Jedd Beaudoin

HEROES of INDIE MUSIC: A Very 2011 Indie Christmas — CASTLEQWAYR

G-POP A Rising Star Feature: Rachel Taylor Brown — Melissa MInners

GOATSDINNER: World So Sweet review — Goatsden

ALTSOUNDS: review, World So Sweet

BERKELEY PLACE review: World So Sweet — Ekko

KINK-FM RADIO INTERVIEW: Rachel Taylor Brown — Inessa

ZAP TOWN review: World So Sweet — Andrew Duncan

OPB MUSIC review: World So Sweet — Zaph Mann

THE OREGONIAN Interview: Rachel & World So Sweet — Jake Ten Pas

PORTLAND MERCURY album review: World So Sweet — Ezra Caraeff

WILLAMETTE WEEK review: World So Sweet — Casey Jarman

ARTCLECTIC on-air interview: Rachel and World So Sweet — Dennise Kowalczyk

OREGON MUSIC NEWS: preview/review, World So Sweet — Tom D'Antoni

KZME RADIO BLOG Interview: Rachel Taylor Brown/World So Sweet — Dennise Kowalczyk

AOL/SPINNER MUSIC LISTENING PARTY: Rachel Taylor Brown/World So Sweet featured — AOL/Spinner.com

MVREMIX: World So Sweet review — Candra Kolodziej

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: World So Sweet review — S.P. Clarke

CULTUREPHILE/PORTLAND MONTHLY MAG: Show preview, World So Sweet — Anne Adams

THE VINYL DISTRICT: My First Record with Rachel Taylor Brown 2011 — Rachel Taylor Brown

THE CELEBRITY CAFE: World So Sweet review — Nicole Swanson

PORTLAND MONTHLY MAGAZINE feature 2011 — Anne Adams

OREGON MUSIC NEWS: "World So Sweet" in progress — Tom D'Antoni

FULL BIO--SUSAN STORM'S UGLY SISTER and OTHER SAINTS and SUPERHEROES (NAT. RELEASE: 7/7/09) — Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust

FLUXTUMBLR: "more of the best of early '09" — Matthew Perpetua

FLUXBLOG "ugly sister" feature — matthew perpetua

POPDOSE: Parlour-to-Parlour video interview — Michael Fortes

RACKET MAG "ugly sister" review and interview — John Winn

THE DEVIL HAS THE BEST TUNA: UK interview

PENS EYE VIEW "ugly sister" interview

ROCK AND ROLL AND MEANDERING NONSENSE "ugly sister" review — Bob Vinyl

ABSOLUTE PUNK "ugly sister" review — gregory robson

WILLAMETTE WEEK "ugly sister" feature — casey jarman

HERE COMES THE FLOOD - "ugly sister" review from The Netherlands — Hans Werksman

THE OREGONIAN "ugly sister" review — scott lewis

ZAPTOWN "ugly sister" interview/feature — andrew duncan

OREGONLIVE podcast interview--"ugly sister" — lynne terry

BLITZMAG "ugly sister" review — michael mcdowell

OPB.org "ugly sister" review — zaph mann

BULLZEYE "ugly sister" review — Michael Fortes

411 MANIA "ugly sister" review — Paul Hollingsworth

INK 19 "ugly sister" review — Tim Wardyn

PLAYBACK STL "ugly sister" review — Jim Dunn

COLLECTED SOUNDS "ugly sister" review — Amy Lotsberg

PORTLAND MERCURY "ugly sister" show preview — ezra ace caraeff

BLOG CRITICS "ugly sister" review — Jon Sobel

30MUSIC.COM "ugly sister" review — Kevin Coss

PORTLAND TRIBUNE "ugly sister" show preview/review — barbara mitchell

STATIC MULTIMEDIA "ugly sister" review — davi marx

NEWS4U "ugly sister" review — nick durcholz

DRYVETYMEONLINE "ugly sister" review — Robert Ham

MELODIC.NET "ugly sister" review — Kaj Roth

KINK-FM "ugly sister" feature — dean kattari

AIDING & ABETTING "ugly sister" recommend — jon

CAMPUS CIRCLE "ugly sister" review — Doug Simpson

FRANTIK "ugly sister" review — gian erquiza

THE DELI MAGAZINE "ugly sister" review — Tanya Silverman

MUSICVIDEOVIDEOVIDEO! "Saint Fina" Crappy Home Video, Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and Other Saints and Superheroes! — rachel taylor brown

FULL BIO--HALF HOURS WITH THE LOWER CREATURES — Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust

NPR: All Songs Considered, Second Stage "Creature" features — Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, NPR

SLUG Mag's Top 5 of 2008 Editor's List--"Creatures" — Kat Kellermeyer

Music Emissions: "Creatures" Review/Editor's List Top Ten Albums of 2008 — Mike Wood

Mix Me a Molotov--"Creatures"/Top 11 albums of 2008 — John B. Jones

WOT90 Radio--"Creatures" 2008 Album of the Year — Mark Collins

KBOO's 2008 Year in Review--"Best Local Artist" — John B. Jones

Blogcritics "Creatures" Review — Jon Sobel, Blogcritics Magazine

All Music Guide/Rachel Taylor Brown — Steve Leggett, All Music Guide

Venus Zine--"Creatures" Review — Saundra Sorenson

Aced Magazine - Interview — Allie Mathews, Aced Magazine

Playback:stl "Creatures" Review — Kevin Renick, Playback:stl

SLUG Magazine "Creatures" Review — Kat Kellermeyer, SLUG Magazine

Willamette Week "Creatures" Review — Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week

bullz-eye interview — Michael Fortes, Bullz-eye.com

Bullz-eye.com: "Creatures" Review — Michael Fortes, Bullz-eye.com

Synthesis Weekly Magazine: "Creatures" Review — Rick Barnett, Synthesis Weekly Magazine

Ink 19: "Creatures" Review — Tim Wardyn, Ink 19

babysue.com/LMNOP/ "Creatures" review — babysue.com/LMNOP

30MUSIC.com--"Creatures" review — Dan Shvartsman, 30MUSIC.com

Live Music Preview: the Oregonian — Luciana Lopez, The Oregonian

Readjunk.com/"Creatures" Review — Adam Coozer, readjunk.com

"Creatures" Review: Portland Tribune — Barbara Mitchell, The Portland Tribune

Obscure Sound: "Creatures" Review — Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound

Hard Like Algebra.com/Rachel Taylor Brown: layering, piano, god — Jim Withington, Hard Like Algebra

All Music Guide/"Creatures" review — Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide

The Chickenfish Speaks/ "Creatures" review — Mite Mutant, The Chickenfish Speaks

Obscure Sound Compilation: Best of February 2008 — Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound

There Stands the Glass/ "Creatures" Review — There Stands the Glass

Reax Music Magazine/"Creatures" review — George Shaw, Reax Music Magazine

"Next Big Thing" /Live PDX.com — Tom D'Antoni, LivePDX.com

Q&A, LivePDX.com, 2/14/08 — Bob Ham, LivePDX.com

5 Live Top Picks, 1/4/08, The Oregonian — Luciana Lopez

WW Picks, 1/9/08 — Amy McCullough, Willamette Week

Portland Tribune Picks, 1/8/08 — Barbara Mitchell, The Portland Tribune

WW Picks, 2/16/08 — Casey Jarman, Willamette Week

The Oregonian: "Ormolu" Review — Scott D. Lewis, The Oregonian

The Portland Alliance: "Ormolu" Review — Dave Mazza, The Portland Alliance

The Portland Tribune: "Ormolu" — Barbara Mitchell, The Portland Tribune

WOT90s radio: "Ormolu" named 2006 #2 CD of the Year — Mark Collins, WOT90s radio

Touring the Indies: "Ormolu" Review — Frank Gualtier, Touring the Indies

Apotheosis di Musica: Ormolu review — Giovanni, Apotheosis di Musica

Live Show Review, 2007 — the stonewailer.com

Tudor Choir: Jacob Clemens non Papa: Requiem and Motets — Patricia Herlevi

 

 

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