Seattle-based songwriter Lindsay Fuller may make her home in the Northwest, but her musical roots are firmly planted in the South. On her third album, You, Anniversary, Fuller delivers more of the finely-crafted, soulful harmonies that bely her Alabama upbringing, and build upon her proven skills as a storyteller. Released today, the follow-up to 2010's The Last Light I See, boasts collaborations with the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, and an organicism that's at least partially attributable to an adherence to acoustic instrumentation and live-off-the-floor recording. Fuller revisits the theme of mortality, particularly her own, throughout the album – and her signature vocal style, ever melancholic, lends itself well to the motif. Past Patti Smith comparisons gain credence, as her unwavering voice, coupled with an ability to poeticize the commonplace, ground an album that balances blues-based rhythms with a Gothic sensibility. Fuller took to the road, along with Ray, on March 18, and the pair will hit the stage in Seattle this Wednesday night at The Tractor Tavern. The evening will do double duty as an album release party, and Fuller's latest offerings are sure to keep the sold-out venue rattling long into the night.
- Kate Shepherd