Release Date: Aug 26, 2016
Record label: Polyvinyl
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Noise Pop
Not content to release merely one remarkable album in 2016 (her band La Sera's Music for Listening to Music To), Katy Goodman teams up with Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore) to release her second great album this year..
Itâ€™s a daring scheme to render classic punk smashers in a non-bombastic context. In doing so, the question is, â€œDo these landmark tunes derive their power from their exterior peril or from their inherent structure?â€ (Especially at Punknews,) weâ€™ve all heard the punk-guy goes acoustic-singer-songwriter many, many times and the olâ€™ â€œand now I will do my old songs in a stripped down styleâ€ usually winds up as â€œyeeeeeech. â€ So, it takes a deft musician to take, oh, say the Stooges, out of the hands of the Ashetons and put them into the hands of pretty much anyone else.
In a recent interview about her newest La Sera record, Music For Listening To Music To, Katy Goodman (formerly of Vivian Girls) said, “My friend told me once, ‘A song is a song and then it can wear a lot of different outfits.’ Production is the outfit you put onto the song.” Her latest project with Greta Morgan of Springtime Carnivore, Take It, It’s Yours, dresses 10 classic punk songs from artists like Wipers, the Gun Club, and Blondie in gorgeous, shimmering hues that sparkle and wink with double entendre. This is not just a collection of covers. Goodman and Morgan have stripped these songs bare, repositioning them such that even the slightest change in vocal affectation yields a tremendous rush of new meaning.
Whenever Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan hang out, they dream big. After hiking past Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory one night, the former Vivian Girl and Hush Sound leader, respectively, stayed up for hours discussing astrophysics, science fiction, and the perils of inter-dimensional love. The next morning, Goodman and Morgan—the latter also makes atmospheric pop as Springtime Carnivore—turned that intergalactic brainstorm into 2013’s “Space Time.
The concept is simple enough: take two women with sweet, warm voices, match them with arrangements that are spare but elegant and evocative, and have them perform a handful of familiar tunes. But there's a spanner in the works. Look beneath the dreamlike surfaces, and you realize the songs in question are all classic punk, new wave, and garage rock numbers.