Rae Spoon

Performing: 1/21 4:40pm

My Prairie Home, transgender musician and author Rae Spoon's latest album, was released in Canada in 2013. The album also serves as the score and soundtrack to the National Film Board's musical documentary My Prairie Home, a Sundance Film Festival 2014 selection, which features Rae as its subject. Rae has released seven solo and three collaborative albums over the past ten years. Their first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published in September 2012, and their second book, co-written with Ivan E. Coyote and titled Gender Failure, will be published next April.

"Rae Spoon understands the power of vulnerability. Their autobiographical eighth album aches with painful memories of an evangelical Christian, Calgary upbringing, of coming out in high school and facing terrifying bullying, of protecting your siblings from your parents' mental illness, of not being able to return home.

The album is the soundtrack and score to an NFB documentary about Spoon set for release this fall, and though the subject matter is heavy, the transgender singer-songwriter who prefers the plural pronoun sidesteps self-pity through finely wrought, unfussy, pop-culture-referencing lyrics.

Spoon's pure, high voice is the focus, and its youthful quality imbues the melodic, uplifting tunes with tenderness. The music is even sparser than in the past, with electro-pop elements of recent albums downplayed in favour of brass-touched atmospheric folk and hymn-like minimalism. A handful of brief instrumentals evoke big prairie sky, and one rocker reveals a spot of uncharacteristic rage." – Carla Gillis, Now Magazine Toronto review of My Prairie Home, August 2013

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