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Singer/songwriter Kendall Jane Meade is Mascott. She makes sweet music-not to be confused with saccharin-sweet music. Her debut full-length, "Follow the Sound" (released four years ago on Le Grand Magistery), was knee-deep in Dusty Springfield-hued sensibilities. Though still a sentimentalist at heart, "Dreamer's Book" finds the artist bridging the gap between Aimee Mann-styled folky rock ("Turn Off/Turn On") and the rich sonic textures of Cocteau Twins ("Time Waits"). From one song to the next, Mascott enchants. "He's not as blind as he could be/He doesn't know he's one of three/And I chose him like/He chose me," she sings in the oh-so-spry "Kite" which fondly recalls such glistening Petula Clark gems as "Round Every Corner." With sincerity, grace and passion, Meade has created her very own lush life in "Dreamer's Book."

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Mascott is former Helium and Sparklehorse member Kendall Jane Meade, who releases the beautiful Dreamer's Book.
-Lisa Robinson


On her third release, Mascott's Kendall Jane Meade still sounds charmingly vulnerable, and still writes like she's dotting her verse with unusually romantic British vernacular-once again confirming her gift for executing the three-minute pop song. With its timeless cross-section of pop modalities, Dreamer's Book is a breakthrough for Ms. Meade. She builds her imminently accessible folk-pop tracks upon a foundation of languid, melancholy-dipped ruminations, then fades out on the ether of a few earthbound rockers; this album is defined by Meade's innate sense of balance. Throughout, every mood and texture finds its complimentary match, as the icebreaking hush of the pristine "Time Waits" is melted by the glistening drama of "Song From a Dream."
Given her unassailable indie-rock pedigree, some listeners may be surprised by the decidedly VH1 direction of the sturdy, central guitar riff and quasi-soulful vocal of "Turn Off/Turn On" and thoughtfully effervescent patchwork of strings, dizzy guitar, and bouncy keys on "The Write-Up." But even if she occasionally sounds more like Dido than Chan Marshall, Dreamer's Book is teh sound of an artist commandeering and combining her favorite moments from the recorded pop canon to create something far more distinctive than it's constituent part.
-matt fink - red panda records


dreamer's book 2004
follow the sound 2001
electric poems 1998


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Kendall Jane Meade is Mascott. She is a New York artist with an inimitable sound steeped in 60's folk and 70's pop.

You would think she'd be an amalgamation of all the bands she has played in (Sparklehorse, Helium, the Spinanes), but Meade creates a sound truly her own.

Mascott has released 2 acclaimed albums on Le Grand Magistery. Her first full length, Follow the Sound, was produced by rock luminary Jim O'Rourke and hailed as one of the best albums of 2001 by the Village Voice.

Mascott's new album, Dreamer's Book, produced with Sparklehorse bandmate Al Weatherhead (Mary Timony) features Meade and her band: Rainy Orteca, Jud Ehrbar, Dave Derby and Phoebe Summersquash. Also, listen for cameos courtesy of Parice Scott Minor (Sparklehorse), Mary Timony, Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers) and Joan Wasser (Joanaspolicewoman).

Meade released Dreamer's Book on her own label, Red Panda Records, near Valentine's Day, 2004. Dreamer's Book is a lush, pop masterpiece, sure to pull on your heartstrings with it's passion and sincerity.

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