Mad Andersons’ debut has the critics raving.
"Light Through Glass is a beautiful recording, start-to-finish and everything in between." Jess Uribe, Rocker's Dive Radio
For those who have been paying attention to Seattle music, it should come as no surprise that Mad Andersons’ first CD, Light Through Glass, is a major artistic statement. The husband and wife team has been making waves in the Seattle area for years—guitarist/songwriter Nolan in such bands as Connections, Bad Bones and the Big Haired Girl, and Vagabonds, and singer Catherine as a classical musician. But now with the release of their album, the duo is getting accolades from the mainstream.
"If Catherine's voice doesn't give you chills, you should check your pulse."
Hearing a Mad Andersons song for the first time is an unexpectedly arresting experience. You may think you know where the music is headed. There are shades of Roy Orbison, R.E.M., traditional European folk, and old-school country. But then Catherine Anderson’s astonishing vocals enter… and suddenly you’re in uncharted territory.
Her tone is rich, fragile, emotional, and otherworldly. It combines the elasticity of Kate Bush with the eerie swoon of Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies). Her melodies are counterintuitive but also catchy and memorable. The chorus on “Dream” will make you an instant fan.
"Light Through Glass is one of the first albums in a long time I’ve actually been very appreciative of and able to listen to all the way through, all at once. This album has been on repeat in my car...every morning on the way to work…"
Brian Michael Bulger, "Dr. Bones"
New Music Saturday
The album’s lyrics—written by Catherine’s husband Nolan—are heartfelt and personal, with strikingly original phrases that stick in your head for days. Each song works as both a stand-alone single and as part of an emotionally wrenching-but-ultimately-hopeful story.
"My Daughter's Eyes is an example of music and lyrics in perfect sync, with lyrics that are a distillation of love and empathy."
Linda Freeman, TIW Music
And the musicianship, rounded out by Seattle drumming legend Chris G and bassist Dennis Staskowski, is solid, subtle, and full of lilting surprises.
This is music that is immediately appealing but that also continues to reveal more depth with each listen.
Scott McCormick, Mr. Pants, Inc.
Photos and artwork by Tim McGuire © 2013. All rights reserved.