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by Dinah Thorpe

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"To say that Toronto indie chanteuse Dinah Thorpe defies easy categorization is to misunderstand the word "easy". Listening to 12, Thorpe's provocative and supremely artful new album officially arriving stateside next week, everything -- and we mean everything -- seems to come rather easy, actually, to this chameleon-like songwriter and instrumentalist. It's just that any concept of genre barrier means nothing. Country? Pop? Moody cabaret? Folk? Jazz? It's all up for grabs in this remarkable production. Thorpe has drawn comparisons to Laurie Anderson -- for her smart, theatrical spoken-word tracks set to an electro-beat pulse (see: "Weird", a "song" unlike any you'll hear this or any year). Also, Beth Orton, for the droll, simply laid out alto vocals and spare folk-tronica structures behind songs such as "Every Bit Hurts" and "In The Country". In the end, however, comparisons come down to just so much drivel when searching for the right words to define or describe an artist -- and we do mean artist -- like Thorpe and her 12 fascinating songs. Peel back the layers, dig below the surface -- and then...just keep peeling and digging. That's half the fun. See what we mean when you tackle "Dolly Parton" -- a brilliant bit o' surreal alt-pop that takes a banjo-backed ditty and turns it into the oddest, most understated blues boogie imaginable." - Direct Current

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released December 4, 2012

Performed, recorded, and produced by Dinah Thorpe at Panic Room Studio in Toronto, 2010-2011. All songs written by Dinah Thorpe, except "Wicked Game," written by Chris Isaak (not available digitally).

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Dinah Thorpe Toronto, Ontario

Maybe it’s a third child thing, but Dinah Thorpe has a hard time making a lot of noise about her accomplishments. She therefore has to rely on other people to do it for her. Thorpe has been called “a wicked multi-instrumentalist with a low, smoky alto,” “a composer of infinite cleverness,” “heartrending and real…twisted and funny,” and “here to stay”. ... more

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