Vivian Linden

Vivian Linden

BandAlternativeAmericana

Seattle-based artist Vivian Linden recently released her much anticipated debut full-length album, Watch the Light Fade; a captivating, haunting, country-tinged homage to love and loss. Vivian and her band continue to tour in support of the new album and are beginning work on her follow-up album.

Biography

Though Vivian is now a Seattle resident, her songs are largely unique expressions of her unusual upbringing in various one-room cabins amidst of the coastal mountains of northern California. “Growing up in that fashion, I was often at the mercy of the elements,” she recalls. “So from a very young age, I have been deeply connected to and influenced by the weather. My perception of any experience is always inextricably tied to the conditions of the sky. “

Throughout her set we hear tales of reluctant love and rain-heavy clouds, of lust beneath the light of a full moon, of loneliness in sun-dappled meadows, and the inevitability of loss..

“When I went in to record the album, I generally didn’t ask people to play specific lines or notes on their instruments, instead I would say ‘play that drum part so that it sounds like thunder’ or ‘play that piano part high and lonesome as though it were a small star in the night sky’. It probably drove everyone crazy at the time,” she confides, “but, for me, the most important role that the instruments were going to play was to help express the meteorological conditions that already existed at the foundation of each song.”

A captivating blend of classic Americana and contemporary Alternative sounds, Vivian and her band are typically compared to the likes of the Cowboy Junkies, Emmylou Harris, Mazzy Star, Cat Power and beyond. Percussion, stand-up bass, classic keyboards/piano, steel and electric guitar lay the foundation for her "cracked and crystalline, gravel and gold dust" voice and acoustic guitar playing.

Under the guidance of producer Beck Henderer Pena, Vivian is joined on Watch the Light Fade by a capable crew of musicians, many of whom play in other well established bands: Eric Eagle (Laura Viers, Jesse Sykes, Downpilot), Jon Hyde (Transmissionary Six) and Bill Herzog (Jon Langford, Neko Case, Jesse Sykes, Sunn o))). Other collaborators include distinguished jazz organist Wayne Horvitz (John Zorn, Bill Frisell), composer/arranger Charlie Smith and her husband Michael McNaughton.

Vivian and her band continue to tour in the U.S. and play locally in support of the new album. Watch the Light Fade has been internationally promoted and distributed (via Tarnished Records and Carrot Top Distribution) and is receiving airplay on many national college, freeform and AAA stations.

Lyrics

Bewitched

Written By: Vivian Linden

You have bewitched me
I am under your spell
Each moment draws us closer
I should run
I should run
Run like hell

Wide open spaces
Even lonesomeness cannot fill
I know your heart is vacant
I should run
I should run
Run like hell

All is lost, this foolish game we play
I am a moth, you are the flame
Devastation lies in wait
I am a moth, you are the flame

You have bewitched me
I am under your spell
I’ve been warned of the dangers
And I should run
I should run
Run like hell

Air

Written By: Vivian Linden

Bricks and mortar
we held together
As the years passed us by
The concrete cast of your body is almost shed
Bricks and mortar,
wind and breath

I stand here
as you turn to air
Oh I stand here
as you turn to air

Fires burned,
ash and smoke
I spent my lifetime with you
learning how to float
Air and ether, wide-open space
Deafening silence, amazing grace

I stand here
as you turn to air
Oh I stand here
as you turn to air

Amazing grace
how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost and now I’m found
Was blind but now I see

Discography

The Latecomers EP: Nov. 2004

Watch the Light Fade (debut full-length) was released in Fall 2006 on Tarnished Records.

Watch the Light Fade One-Sheet, more quotes and high-res images available for download on artist's site.

Set List

Typical set includes 9-12 songs, mostly from the new album including some other original past-favorites. Set length is generally from 50-70 minutes in length. All material is original (no covers).