Sound Must Leave Your Throat
Cottage Industry Music has released Martha Schuyler Thompson's CD of twelve songs entitled, The Sound Must Leave Your Throat. In this collection of work, the universal themes of containment and release are explored within the context of intricate familial relationships. These pieces describe the varying degrees with which one experiences love, loss, intimacy, autonomy, aging, and childrearing in an effort to help define and celebrate the contemporary American family in all it's diversity. The Sound Must Leave Your Throat is a body of work that deftly reveals Thompson's diverse musical influences. Strains of Gospel, Blues and R&B can be heard in 'Beating Of The Drums' while the stylistic elements found in Middle Eastern music can heard in 'Snowfall.' Thompson honors her own Scottish and Irish roots in the ballad structure of 'The Leaves' and 'It's Love.' She updates her Bluegrass influences in 'Ain't It About Time' (with a slap-back on the vocal, some drums to replace the mandolin chops, and her guitar picked like a banjo) in order to end up with a Rockabilly-flavored piece of Contemporary Twang. Thompson demonstrates that strength and vulnerability are one in the same on 'Spirit World' and 'I Ought To Know.' Her nod to Country music in 'Whole Lotta Sense' and 'It's True' is augmented with a very fluid conversational tone. Fear not; 'Mess Of This Place' and 'Day At The Beach' are clear indicators that the girl can still Rock! The release of The Sound Must Leave Your Throat is an indicator that Thompson has come a long way in both, her singing and songwriting since her start in the early 1980's on the coffeehouse circuit. Her writing has matured while her delivery has taken on the kind of breadth and depth reserved for seasoned performers and genuine troubadours. Thompson's own arrangements and production serve each respective piece -- and the album in it's entirety -- to perfection. The Sound Must Leave Your Throat showcases Thompson's unique guitar picking and vocal delivery in the sophisticated and festive manner they deserve. The high calibre of Thompson's supporting musicians is reflected once again on this album with the inclusion of blues phenomenon, Kelly Joe Phelps (on duets and backing vocals), as well as Portland greats, Gordon Rencher (on drums) and Brian Casey (on bass). CRITICAL ACCLAIM: '...Martha Schuyler Thompson's powerful, expressive voice grabs you first; it's a suggestive, growling cross between Rory Block's blues mama and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's new-age keening that seems to channel some otherworldly dimension... Thompson has another foot rooted in the musical and lyrical present, where she mines the peaks and valleys of the domestic front --marriage and parenthood-- for eloquent testimonies to the unspoken heroism of daily life.' -The Boston Phoenix 'Thompson has a deep, soulful voice. The edge is softened by the various roles she plays in her songs. She's a mother, a lover, a friend and a wife...Thompson produced the album, wrote all twelve tracks and plays guitar, keys and even the kazoo. The production is clean, the sound is the tried and true guitar, bass, drums and keys. What keeps it afloat is her passionate vocals. Thompson sings about the things that matter.' -The Performing Songwriter, Top 12 Independent Recordings 'The title of this album must be some kind of a joke, because Martha Thompson's powerful, expressive voice veritably explodes from within, alternately with passion, defiance, conviction and lust. Her best tunes here, such as 'Mess of This Place' -- the sexiest song ever written about housework -- successfully mine the peaks and valleys of the domestic front for eloquent testimonies to the unspoken heroism of daily life. It helps that the 30- something, Oregon singer-songwriter is a deft, acoustic guitarist with keen pop sensibilities backed by a versatile band with piano, organ and a killer rhythm section.' -The Berkshire Eagle, Spins 'Thompson sings in a not-unpleasant voice accompanied here with full-tilt production that rises and falls with her vocal skills. Stylistically, she skirts the edges of blues on these dozen originals. These experiential songs are clear and easy to understand. Particularly memorable is 'The Leaves' about parenting and parenthood, using the metaphor of an orchard and leaves. It is also one of the less-produced songs on the CD. Thompson is an original in style and substance; you won't mistake her for anyone else.' -Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine 'Thompson's new album shows off her strong voice, convincing growl and her down-to-Earth muse, which finds inspiration in the prosaic as well as the exalted...Throughout the album, Thompson is in fine voice. She's capable of everything from a growl to near-falsetto excursions into the upper end of her considerable range. She's also a solid guitarist and a songwriter...Best of all, she sounds absolutely convincing no matter what the feel or subject of a particular song.' -The Oregonian 'The Sound Must Leave Your Throat, new on Martha Schuyler Thompson's own Cottage Industry Music label, is a collection of intensely felt and sung lyrics accompanied by Thompson's skilled acoustic guitar over imaginative arrangements. The twelve originals reflect her love for blues, bluegrass, gospel and unbridled rock. Her commitment and skill should soon bring her renown beyond her Oregon base.' -ASCAP News, The Performing Songwriter 'Martha Schuyler Thompson grew up in Detroit in the 1960's and absorbed much of the Motown and gospel music. Then in the 70's she moved to South Dakota where the prevailing musical mood was more inclined to be country and bluegrass. Though she shows all that musical heritage from time to time through her The Sound Must Leave Your Throat, the disc is more of a folk release than anything else - which is by no means a complaint...It is a crowded marketplace for female singer/songwriters today, but Thompson should surely find her niche. She has much to say and an ability to put those lyrics into a musical landscape that is both appropriate and memorable.' -The Herald Bulletin, Outskirts Of Country 'Martha Schuyler Thompson's...album, The Sound Must Leave Your Throat, is a prime example of an artist meeting and exceeding the promise of earlier works. Thompson's confidence in her voice has grown; it soars, whispers, and growls like Joan Armatrading's, showcased wonderfully by a more bluesy sound...Her arrangements have grown as well, becoming fuller and richer without sounding overproduced. Once again, her songwriting digs deep: songs such as 'Mess Of This Place' and 'Snowfall' are a romance of everyday life, discovering miracles in ordinary people and places. With this deeply satisfying and uplifting album, Thompson has established herself as an artist with staying power, whose new releases will be eagerly awaited.' -FolkWeb.