Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ruthann Friedman

Hurried Life: Lost Recordings 1965-1971

Hurried Life is a snapshot of Ruthann Friedman at a time when her life was anything but hurried. Her magically wholesome voice exudes an innocence and beauty in these reel-to-reel demos that are of another time and place. The surreal folk whir of songs like “That’s Alright” and “Typical Sunday” are far removed from her recently written liner notes about her first cocaine experience, which resulted in the paranoid strum that drives “Method Madness.” This is the same songwriter who penned the flower power classic “Windy” (as in everyone knows it’s…), which shines brightly amongst these dreamy and drug-addled gems. Each song fits together like pages from a diary, capturing a breezy day in the life of the psychedelic ‘60s. These sounds still resonate in the chords of neo-folkies, like Devendra Banhart, Jana Hunter and Joanna Newsom; but are projected here with breathtaking purity and authenticity.
--Chad Radford