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"As the accompanying PR blurb cites, Kane has a deep desire to summon optimism and hope in a dark world. Something I can confirm she conveys extremely well on this, her debut solo album." [9/19/2017]

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—Dominic Valvona - Monolith Cocktails

"The folk-tastic debut solo album from 'The Corner Laughers' singer is a magical mystery tour taking in acorns, feminism, tea leaves and the general state of the world." [10/19/2017]

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—Arash Torabi - Louder Than War

"Deeply lyrical, and thought provoking 'King’s Daughters' is one of those album’s you should listen to with your full attention." [10/24/2017]

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—Kerriann Curtis - Word Krapht

"'Lilac Lane' is so gormlessly charming that I can't help but fall in love." [10/23/2017]

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—Rachel Cholst - Adobe and Teardrops

"Really, all of the songs on 'King’s Daughters Home for Incurables' are excellent — full of wry observations about daily life and the occasional literary reference." [8/2/2017]

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—Indie Way You Like It

"Intricate, thoughtful and unique, 'King’s Daughters Home for Incurables' is a delight." [9/1/2017]

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—John M. Borack - Goldmine

"[King's Daughters Home For Incurables] leads listeners into an otherworldly landscape that transports them to distant (and not-so-distant) places and times." [10/6/2017]

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—Francis D - KZSU

"These whimsical retro-pop exercises recall similar examples from the likes of Paul McCartney and Andy Partridge, while Kane’s folky adventures are reminiscent of 70s English bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span." [10/7/2017]

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—Kevin Mathews - Power of Pop

"Kane uses her ukulele to weave a simple melody full of traditional old world charm and her lithe vocals are like a warm comfy sweater." [10/4/2017]

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—Powerpopaholic

"The album is a kind of modern, highly sophisticated rethink of Spanky and Our Gang." [9/23/2017]

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—Bill Kopp - Musoscribe

"Overall this is a strong and enjoyable solo debut, and maybe will inspire me to expand my listening boundaries even a bit further." [10/3/2017]

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—Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

"Charming yet headstrong, Karla’s voice reveals a woman with a passion for life, love and a warm and willing melody." [9/27/17]

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—Stephen Spaz Schnee - Discussions Magazine

"This is a fine, fine little record." [10/9/2017]

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—Dagger Zine

" Karla Kane's new record "King's Daughters Home For Incurables" is a collection of terrific songs. Her latest single "The Lilac Line" is a catchy folk song that gets both feet tapping, and there's a good chance that it'll get stuck in your head for awhile. It did mine." [8/24/2017]

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—Brad Cooney, BradCooney.com

"Among the pleasures offered on King’s Daughters Home for Incurables are “Lilac Line” and the title song, which sound like numbers that would fit comfortably on an album released by Elektra Records, had that label’s folk era been ensconced in the present day. The otherworldly “All Aboard” is the welcome, odd duck about these premises, adopting a traveling, train-inspired beat along its path that builds from a treble and bass clef percussive piano riff to add guitar strums, harmonies and subtly rendered percussion. If this album offers up a not-like-the-others showcase, this is it." [8/8/2017]

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—Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio

"“The Lilac Line” is our entry point, a sunny pop song defined by Kane’s effervescent vocals and her jaunty ukulelee plucking." [8/17/2017]

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—Magnet Magazine

"Another wonderful, whimsical collection of enchanting, sometimes melancholy acoustic folk for thinking music lovers." [8/2/2017]

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—Francis, Indie Way You Like It

"Really all of the songs on King’s Daughters Home for Incurables are excellent — full of wry observations about daily life and the occasional literary reference ... this is definitely an album you’ll want to add to your collection." [8/8/2017]

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—Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio

"It is the sound of past eras of folk music as distilled through the 60’s folk revival, polished and evolved for the 21stcentury." [7/29/2017]

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—Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture

"Karla Kane has a little bit of Kimya Dawson in the quirky lyrical content, but it’s the bubbly vocal melody in the chorus that really seals the deal" [7/20/2017]

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—Independent Clauses

"She belongs to a long line of shimmering pop enthusiasts whose work mirrors the unrest she sees around her while wrapping the lyrics in gossamer wisps of bright melody and earnest sentiment." [7/14/17]

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—Joshua Pickard, Nooga

“You're not likely to hear a more purely enjoyable pop album than Poppy Seeds this year, or in the next several years to come -- it's a delight and a minor miracle. This is beautifully crafted pop music that overflows with joy and good cheer, but without sounding affected or saccharine, and for all the sweet-as-honey harmonies and Wrecking Crew-worthy instrumental interplay, the music feels honest and organic, and is leavened with a sense of humor that adds to the fun while keeping the music's feet firmly on the ground.”

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—Mark Deming, All Music Guide

"Leader Karla Kane’s clever lyrics and soaring vocals are still at the fore and they’ve written the stickiest batch of melodies yet... They’re like an American version of Allo Darlin." [5/28/15]

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—Dagger

“Kane’s conversational vocal tone and her storytelling chops are reminiscent of The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. Musically, though, their bright harmonies make them sound a lot more like Belle & Sebastian with a little more jangle and a little more twang." [8/4/15]

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—Jess Kibler, Bitch Media

"Karla Kane possesses a voice that is sweet and innocent yet smart and confident." [4/14/15]

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—Stephen Spaz, Discussions Magazine

"The award for the most enchanting melodic pop music album released so far this year must, without question, go to the well-appointed members of the Corner Laughers" [6/12/2015]

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—Alan Haber - Pure Pop Radio

"There’s a timeless sunshine pop sensibility to the group’s music. In the great tradition of groups like The Turtles, The Corner Laughers are never afraid to use 'la la la la' as a lyric. And their music is very effective at conveying an upbeat feel, even when the lyrics are a bit dark, or a bit bent." [5/15]

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—Bill Kopp - Musoscribe

"Matilda Effect kicks off with 'Fairytale Tourist,' a brilliant sunshine indie pop song with incredible hooks and one of the best bass lines ever laid down in a pop tune... If you like smart lyrics, strong hooks, sharp arrangements, and super-clean production, you’ll love The Corner laughers’ Matilda Effect." [5/12/15]

 

 

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—Indie Way You Like It

"California pop quartet The Corner Laughers play a jangly brand of indie pop and will release latest album Matilda Effect on June 12. The LP features unique string instruments, such as the ukelele and the violin, which brings out the creativity of the band..." [4/30/15] 

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—Magnet Magazine

"Three cheers then for Corner Laughers‘ frontwoman, vocalist and uke player Karla Kane and their “snuggly, sassy, spacey pop music” – once again, a definition that’s hard to argue with – you get exactly what it says on the tin." [3/16/15]

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—Tom Robinson - Fresh on the Net

"The Corner Laughers are a Californian band who come across like a West Coast Belle and Sebastian. Their indie pop is sassy and smart, intelligent and intricate, twee with bite." [3/30/15]

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—The Guardian

"'Fairytale Tourist' is a jumpy, twangy pop track with impressive use of a ukulele. As busy as this song can get, it doesn’t fail to stick with the laid-back formula the Corner Laughers center their music around." [3/18/15]

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—Magnet

“The music of California pop outfit The Corner Laughers is pure bubblegum, all slippery melodies and insanely memorable vocal delivery. On ‘Fairytale Tourist,” they concoct a simmering, ecstatic landscape of billowing pop melodies and ear-tingling rhythms that you'll be humming for days. It's a gorgeous bit of ebullient music that should pull you out of the depths of this cold season.” [3/13/15]

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—Joshau Pickard - Nooga

“Smart, bubbly pop ... The Corner Laughers' Ultraviolet Garden cuts studs its sugary hooks with quiz bowl vocabulary and surreal imagery. The tunes are airy, breezy and laced with unexpected lyrical twists ... Their second album, produced by the Orange Peels' Allen Clapp, puts a 1960s sheen onto conflicted, ebullient and intricately intelligent girl pop. All these songs are bright, sardonic, and without a trace of self pity, bouncing along on unstoppable beats and irresistible girls-rule harmonies. ”

—Blurt Magazine

“The Corner Laughers aren't shy about wearing their heart on their record sleeve ... The music is relentlessly upbeat and sunny, jam-packed full of the kind of cuteness that makes it hard not to smile when listening to it ... it's the lyrics where the Corner Laughers shine. They elevate them above so much regular indie pop because their playful use of language is both equally amusing and intelligent.”

—Michael Edwards - Exclaim! Canada

“'Destroy' isn’t a word regularly used to describe twee-pop bands, but the Corner Laughers earn it. They destroy their instruments and anything else in their path on this LP.”

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—Steven Spoerl - Pop Matters

“Midsommar by California’s The Corner Laughers’ combines country-inspired instrumentation with sparky, upbeat vocals and the kind of intricate, detailed pop arrangements that recall Sixpence None The Richer. There’s something of a US Kirsty McColl to the vocals and it would take a more cynical man than I to deny the pomp and circumstance of the Pumpkins-esque guitar solo that smashes through the track in the mid-section. There are ukuleles, there are strings and, more’s the shame, this is the exact kind of track where a big producer would sweep in and tell the band that there’s ‘too much going on’ for radio. But for the people with the attention-span to listen to music beyond a drum beat and a vocal in a car on a motorway this is rousing, visionary, adult pop.”

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—Barney - Fresh On The Net

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