Fingertips Explores the Archives: Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rise Up With Fists!
Jeremy from Fingertips joins us each month as he scours the betterPropaganda archives, highlighting gems buried a few years back in our database.
This week we bring you Rise Up With Fists!" from Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins.
Jenny Lewis's vocal charisma is a powerful thing. She's got that hyper-present Debby Harry sort of open-mouthed fullness, a way of singing that sounds like she's just talking; and yet where Harry used a constant sheen of icy irony to keep her distance, Lewis, while still keeping her distance, seems infused with some messy mixture of pain and passion that makes it feel like she's always right there in the room with you. After hitting the indie big-time in mid-decade with her band, Rilo Kiley, and their assured, well-regarded More Adventurous CD, Lewis went off in search of additional adventure with the release of her first solo CD, Rabbit Fur Coat, in early 2006. As this track indicates, the enigmatic but alluring album was steeped in a sort of rootsy, countrified, white-woman-soul sound: a Laura Nyro for the new millennium sort of thing, complete with the Kentucky-born Watson Twins harmonizing their hearts out in the background.
- Jeremy Schlosberg