larissa dalle is kickass
. her music style on mp3.com
is described as "indie
," but i consider "angry goth femme
" much more appropriate (even if she IS caught wearing a cowboy
hat in her latest promo pictures).
the story of how i found her music is actually quite strange. see, i used to hang out on the nin.com
bulletin board, being all juvenile
-like, waiting for trent reznor
and his band to post messages i could salivate
over (what, you were there to actually talk to other fan
s? i don't believe you
). anyhow, at that point trent was looking for a female
singer for a new project and was accepting audition tapes
. we had a discussion about who should be trent's new chick
. larissa posted a simple, very elegant, "i should," followed by a link to her website (aptly titled www.larissadalle.com). i have been in love
with her music ever since.
she is very elusive about her history
, but according to her website, she was born in blue island
where she "lived the first year of her life in a mortuary
." she's still "suffering mortuary flashbacks
." she's been in st. louis
, missouri ever since she was five.
her musical history is just as vague. she cites influences like scud mountain boys
, kitty wells
, and pj harvey
. at some point in her career she met some dude named timothy gregory
at the st. louis opera theatre and ended up collaborating with him to form no less than two bands: collaborateur
, an "electronic duo" which lasted about eight years, and crushed
, along with members of east ash
. now she has gone solo again.
her latest album, milking the tree
, can now be ordered at mp3.com. you should buy it. it is not only beautiful, it contains a song written for neil gaiman
on his birthday.