Monday, July 23, 2012

Kori Pop: One of Hamilton's Unique Voices Has A Busy Week

Kori Pop Summer Shows
By Glen Brown
Monday, July 22, 2012

This is a big week for local singer/songwriter Kori Pop. Her most recent CD “Songs For Little Bean” has been well received, and established Kori as yet another unique voice of music and musicianship in our city. It’s not every day that a nascent songwriting career delves into toddler music, unless of course you’re talking about an artist who doesn’t march to the everyday drum. On her Youtube channel we read, “Kori Pop is a singer-songster from Canada. Her sound falls somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Mary Poppins. Instead of drugs, she does banana bread.”

Kori’s first CD, “From the Outskirts” was recorded at the Barn Window Studio (West Lincoln) with Dave King producing and released in June 2010. Fan comments go like this: “full of peace”; “this is one of the songs that Youtube should put a repeat 100x button on it”; “I have to say I am falling in love with this song :).” After a few minutes of listening to Queen I’m taken back about 30 years and listening to Ricki Lee Jones all over again. The key to this effect are the sparse piano and guitar textures that leave Pop’s voice to just be itself in all its delicate beauty.

Her biggest song, with over thirty thousand Youtube views, is Nowhere Near My Heart. Its catchy melody and piano accompaniment is matched by the clever paper cut-out animation. Next up in terms of views is Sweet Ice Snow Cones. This is a professionally produced video that features everyday people in the neighbourhood, a catchy jingle, and Pop leading the children to get snow cones!

Here is the week ahead for Kori Pop:

Monday night, July 23, This Ain’t Hollywood, opening for western Canadian fiddle trio Belle Starr.
Thursday afternoon, July 26, 7:30 PM, Bishop’s Park, Hamilton
Friday, July 27, Baltimore House with Allosaurus and Spark Society

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