it started off with the intention of a small piece, maybe one of those five pieces of music things we like ot do, a small mention of about how Allegra Krieger had shared a new single from her forthcoming album and how actually there were two or three tastes of The Joys of Forgetting to be found on the Bandcamp page right now, but then the full album kind of got hold of ears around here…
The whole album is rather beautiful actually – simple, uncluttered (although I’m sure it is never that simple to make it sound this simple and uncluttered), the whole album is rather quietly beautiful. True, it does threaten to be a little one dimensional until Rot lifts things just a little, and that end to Come In creeps up and takes it all a little further, pulls you a little further in there to explore the exquisite detail and the thing that grow wings and take flight right over you – of course it wasn’t ever one dimensional, it was a case of not paying proper attention until the album started demaning that proper attention. As far as i can recall, we’ve never covered Allegra Krieger before, her name in an e.mai lsubject line didn;t have me jumping to the link, but we do try and listen t oeverything that comes our way, and the e.mail about her new album jsut happened ot be the next in the long long line and e.mails waiting in the in-box, Allegra Krieger meant nothing to me…
I’m Going to Drive really does demand you stop and pay full attention, this is an album that quietly, without you really noticing, gets bigger and bigger. And Where is just the perfect way to end an album that just has to be played again straight way.
I wasn’t really intending to get this drawn in, I wasn’t that intertested in this new Allegra Krieger album, I like the single, I was just going to mention it and that the album was coming and then just politely move on to the next thing. She’s pulled us in now, she sings that she wants us to forget all about her but she’s pulled us in for a second closer listen, she has our attention now, she has us won, she has us. And you find yourself paying more and more attention as you start to consider empires that rot and returning to the earth, and you don’t want to think about what she’s (maybe) thinking about and second time arounds is just as glorious and let me turn it up just a little bit more (again). Paint brush in mouth trying to type, she has full attention now, really really didn’t mean to get distracted again today. It is about the detail, it is of course far from simple, it is rather beautiful .
What’s the point in making a point? Oh how beautiful, the push and the pull (and right on cue, a Goldfinch in the tree ainging along, no really, there really is, we do have them here in Hackney, as well as laughing seagulls). And Welcome for a third time really is something as well, that way it lifts and drops and lefits and lifts and troubles come and go and sometimes delicate and sometimes strong and mostly she’s both at the same time and if she wants to go dancing, she has us eating out of her hand now, forget about who? And nothing more to say that hasn’t already been said and everyone needs something to hold… And then you listen to a little closer and everyone is talking so loud and you don’t want to think you don’t want to think , you don’t want to think… and Where in Low Anthem good, yes that good (I;ve driven people mad playing that Charlie Darwin album again and again), it really is nice to believe in something… I should probably get on with painting now, wel I have been painting and then diving over here t owrite a little more, the album has been on al lday now, it really is wonderfully good, you have ot let it in though, you have to open your ears and listen to it properly, not just in the background, do not let yourself bee fooled, this is never ever anything near one dimensional, there’ so much here if you let it in…
Here comes the lazy cut n’ paste of the press release, hey come on, the light is good, this is eating the painting time, I don’t have time to be here writing about music – I did write this bit earlier before Allegra Krieger really did demand full attention – you’ve got the Bandcamp thing there, you’ve got the links, you’ve your own ears, you have a music heart don’t you? The fact that we posted this piece of beauty here means we think the song is worth your time, don’t be moaning about a lazy cut ‘n paste – Brooklyn singer/songwriter Allegra Kreiger has just shared her new single “Forgot” from her upcoming album, The Joys of Forgetting, releasing August 7th, 2020 with Northern Spy Records. On the track, Krieger explains: “‘Forgot’ is the realization of losing one’s self in a relationship, and becoming completely beholden to the will of another.” Building from softly strummed guitars to a crescendo of distortion, Allegra discovers that in her effort to please, she “forgot” all about herself. One of the most sophisticated tracks on Krieger’s upcoming LP, “Forgot” represents Allegra at the peak of her creativity. Listen to the track here.
Most often, forgetting can feel like a failure—a missed birthday or a neglected anniversary. But forgetting can also mean freedom, an unburdening from past twinges of pain. On her debut album, The Joys of Forgetting, Allegra Krieger embraces the idea of forgetting as relief.
Growing up in suburban Florida, Krieger was raised staunchly Catholic. Much of her childhood was spent in a church, where she also studied classical piano and sang in the choir. Although she was encouraged to pursue a consecrated life, she chose a different path, dissociating from religion. The following years brought continual transitions of personhood and place. From housekeeping at a Death Valley motel, to tree-planting in Georgia, she explored different sides of herself, chasing ideals yet avoiding certain truths. As she reckoned with her own malleability, she came to understand the value of leaving something behind. The solitude and disenchantment that accompanied this lifestyle gave way to introspection, yielding the songs that became The Joys of Forgetting.
Like memory itself, Krieger’s personal growth ebbs and flows across The Joys of Forgetting. She makes for an inviting companion as she connects the nonlinear dots on her journey. She lays her feelings and desires plain as she unfolds them: to find someone to confide in, to talk on the telephone, to catch up with a friend. She learns to seek comfort in patience, finding that affection is easy, but loving takes time. Her arrangements are elegant and unobtrusive, skirting her crystalline voice with acoustic guitar, curling strings, and percussion that gently tumbles. And though Krieger makes a strong case with The Joys of Forgetting, her songs leave a lasting imprint that’s a pleasure to recall over and over again”.