Listen to Karlie Bruce’s New Album, Paperback Lover

by on September 10, 2012 · 0 comments

Karlie Bruce at La Sala – Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

Sydney native, Aussie songstress and all around rocker Karlie Bruce released her debut album Paperback Lover this past week and celebrated by throwing a concert at La Sala Art Space in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday night.

Karlie currently lives in New York City, recorded the album in Brooklyn and self produced it to boot. She has garnered comparisons to the inimitable Joni Mitchell and current musicians Norah Jones and Cat Power, but her flare and voice are all her own. In addition to putting out her own music, she is one of the backup singers in Brooklyn’s Encore, a huge 17-or-so piece disco act that’s known to put on almost legendary shows.

Her show on Thursday night involved an acoustic opening set by Sky White Tiger’s Louis Schwadron (who Bruce proclaimed to be one of her favorite singers). Afterwards, she was joined by bassist Derek Nievergelt, drummer Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and guitarist Chris Parrello of Things I Wonder. Playing in between giant projections of an old film, Bruce and her band launched into the first track and album’s namesake “Paperback Lover”. Acoustic guitar was intertwined with soft percussion, splashes of electric guitar and bass to provide the perfect backdrop for Bruce’s sultry voice.

Most of the songs were from the record, including “The Tulip”, the beautiful “Sunburnt”, “Kryptonite” and “Neon Lights”, the latter of the two featuring cellist Rubin Kodheli. After “Lights” finished, Chase, Nievergelt and Kodheli exited and Karlie and Parrello treated the crowd to a couple of stripped down tunes that they co-wrote.

When the 10-song set was finished, a grateful Bruce thanked everyone in the room for coming and was showered with cheers and hugs from her friends and fans. You can purchase Paperback Lover from iTunes and check out “The Tulip” below. You’ll be hearing the name Karlie Bruce often in the future. Be sure to keep an ear out.


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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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    Karlie Bruce at La Sala - Brooklyn, NY: photo by Rafe Baron

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