Dawn Landes
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“Spectral, languid, and arranged with a light touch, the songs are filled with after-midnight ruminations couched in a dreamy ambiance and centered on Landes’ beguiling, ethereal voice”
– NO DEPRESSION
"Dawn Landes music sits neatly on the fulcrum between Cat Power and Neko Case"
– PASTE

“Her compelling mix of alternative folk with instrumental experimentation - on guitar, accordion, glockenspiel and optigan gives her sweet-sounding indie-pop grooves just the right hint of country”
– NPR

“Landes, a New York-dwelling songwriter who happens to be married to songwriter Josh Ritter, has a honey-crisp style of singing that sounds, on this record, like an old-time bluegrass singer, in the way that Jenny Lewis does - no flash, no showy display, no breathtaking few seconds, when the colored fire suddenly usurps the entire sky and blows the eyes a thousand kisses”
– DAYTROTTER

"The comparisons to Feist and Jenny Lewis aren't unwarranted. New York singer-songwriter Dawn Landes is a haunting presences in the world of alt-folk experimentalism. Her lyrics mix whimsy with irony. Her faltering voices hints at vulnerability hidden beneath her hypnotic stage presences"
– BLACKBOOK

"Musically she exists somewhere between Feist and Townes Van Zandt, and her New York-by-way-of-Kentucky pluck is a refreshing antidote to schmaltzy neo-folk"
– SPIN

“Dawn's songs evoke the landscape of the all-American outback. Her debut album, Fireproof, makes you think of frayed lumberjack shirts, dirt-tracks and the desert sun burning on the back of your neck”
– DAZED AND CONFUSED

“The Kentucky bred New Yorker specialize[s] in pretty, meandering numbers infused with a back-porch aesthetic and storytelling smarts”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - No Depression, SPIN, Daytrotter, Blackbook, Paste, etc


Discography

2012 "Mal Habillée" EP (Fargo Records)
2010 "Sweetheart Rodeo" (Cooking Vinyl)
2008 "Fireproof" (Fargo/ Cooking Vinyl)
2008 "Straight Lines" EP (Boyscout)
2005 "Dawns Music" (Boyscout/ Ocean Music)

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Dawn Landes is an American singer-songwriter and musician originally from Louisville, Kentucky. As a recording artist she has released three full-length albums: Dawn's Music (2005), Fireproof (2008), Sweetheart Rodeo (2010), two EPs: Straight Lines (2006) and Mal Habillée (2012). In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, José González, The Weakerthans, Midlake and Suzanne Vega.
A skilled producer and engineer, she has worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass' own personal recording studio. In 2009 Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio. Her songs have been featured in popular films and TV shows, including Bored to Death, Skins, House, Gossip Girl and United States of Tara. She composed original scores for two feature films Blackbird and Familiar Strangers and wrote the end credit song for Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore. Landes has appeared with The American Songbook Series, Boston Pops and in 2012 with the NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center for the new Benjamin Millepied ballet "Two Hearts" singing a balled entitled "The Brown Girl" as part of composer Nico Muhly's score. Her new album "Bluebird" will be released Feb 18, 2014 on Western Vinyl Records.