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CAROLA BAER

THE STORY OF VALERIE

CONCENTRIC CIRCLES


Format: LP
Cata No: CC001
Barcode: 843563137260
The discovery of a cassette of Carola Baer’s early ’90s
private home recordings was like finding a needle in a
haystack. Made as a one-off mixtape of newly-recorded
songs, and given to a long-since forgotten recipient, this
cassette was found in 2017 at a Goodwill “bins” location in
Portland, Oregon. These chaotic, by-the-pound thrift stores
contain thousands of unsorted items in constant flux, which
are only available for the public to buy for a limited time
before they are discarded. The prospect that this obscure
relic would be rescued from its untimely fate is nothing
short of a miracle. As this tape was the only one in existence,
with no back up versions of many of the songs, it’s more
than likely that this music would have been lost forever.
The Story Of Valerie is made up of songs culled from that
cassette, with a few additional tracks from the time, and is
the first time Carola Baer’s solo material has been heard
by the public. The intense emotion of the music is brought
upon by the primary themes of the album: the cruelty of
humanity, isolated life as a British immigrant in the US, and
the pain of doomed relationships. Despite being inspired
by classic 4AD acts like Dead Can Dance and Cocteau
Twins, Baer’s home recordings have a sound and style that
is uniquely her own. Many of the tracks feel like musical
exorcisms, with Baer’s spine tingling voice soaring above
minimal arrangements for Yamaha DX-7 and Casio CZ-101
synthesizers. Like finding a stranger’s diary, the listener is
granted access to music that is emotionally raw and deeply
personal.

Tracks:

1. Maker Of Me
2. Golden Boy
3. Save Me
4. We Already Feel
5. Springtime
6. Doors Talk
7. Solemn Cattle
8. Nothing Left To Say
9. See The Lights Again
10. Dreams
11. On Top Of The Mountain

Press:

Reissue of 2018 sold-out archival release
of early 90s home recordings by British
singer songwriter living in the USA
For fans of Dead Can Dance and Cocteau
Twins

 

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