Listen to Edith Frost's 'True' (download via YouSendIt) through headphones. Good ones. It is a fantastic listening experience: an immersive mix.
Listen to the warmth and weight of the double bass, the closeness, detail and texture of the acoustic guitar in your right ear (you can hear her fingernails on the strings), distant, gentle cymbal splashes.
Now, who might have been responsible for such nuanced, intelligent, acoustically faithful reproduction?
Mr Steve Albini, of course.
There's the same creaky, slightly countrified, as-if-recorded-in-a-barn quality that characterises Albini's outstanding work with Nina Nastasia (last.fm). Some people who've listened to Pixies and Nirvana's In Utero accuse Albini of having a signature sound.
These people are deeply misguided. If they'd only listen to Edith Frost and Nina Nastasia, eh?
Albini is a legend.
Edith Frost (website, last.fm) ain't so bad, either.
But she didn't reply to the email I once sent her. Tsk. Especially now that she's commented rather fascinatingly on this very blog post. Check out the comments for her words on the recording sessions for the album ...
If anyone in a position to do so objects to my linking to this Edith Frost mp3, I cordially invite them to let me know and ask me to remove it. The mp3 is provided as a means by which people unfamiliar with Edith Frost's music may acquaint themselves therewith. If you like it, please go buy your own copy of the song.