The upcoming album from award-winning multi-instrumentalist Robin Jackson, Dark Stars, combines lyrical clarity and architecture of melody in a way that feels like a rainy afternoon in Portland. It’s a stretched canvas waiting for a splash of life. The album, due out November 3, was partially recorded at Portland’s legendary Type Foundry Studio (The Decemberists, REM, Modest Mouse).
Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Robin Jackson, known for his wild, theatrical contributions to bands like Vagabond Opera and the March Fourth Marching Band, has brought a strong presence to the world of indie folk. Mr. Jackson, often joined by his all-star six piece ensemble of NW musicians The Caravan, draws upon the moody spirit of his rain-soaked, Portland, OR home to create an eclectic brew of dreamy folk-pop, cinematic indie rock and above all, enigmatic storytelling.
Drawing on life experiences, vintage sounds, and a fresh and vivid imagination, Jackson keeps it personal, without over-sharing or quaint evasion, in well-crafted, Americana-inflected songs that tell tales of friendship, far away places, and most often the bittersweetness of heartbreak and redemption.
With a degree in ethnomusicology and an unflagging musical curiosity, Jackson has lived and busked around the world, from an intentional beach community in New Zealand to the streets of Europe. He is a master of a myriad of instruments, from saxophone to mbira and has also performed or recorded with notable acts such as Gregory Allen Isakov, Emancipator, Devotchka, and Amanda Palmer. An impresario of community and collaboration, Jackson has built on his colorful, bohemian upbringing and dedicated himself to creating and supporting music around Portland, OR where he lives on an urban farm with his cat and a circus. His upcoming album, Dark Stars, was recorded in the legendary Type Foundry Studio and is due out November 3.
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"A catchy and captivating song-crafter, a true storyteller.”
Serena Markstrom, Register Guard
"The term singer-songwriter is rather simplistic when the artist at hand has mastered six instruments and can play many others. But that is the best way to describe Robin Jackson’s work on his first solo album, even if iTunes calls it “pop.”
Brett Campbell, WWeek
"Fans of Robin Jackson’s flashy bands Vagabond Opera and March Fourth Marching Band might be surprised at the straightforward intimacy of his folky debut solo album, Dust Diaries—but it’s definitely a pleasant surprise. His distinctive vocal style, somewhere between Phil Ochs and Rufus Wainwright, manages to be both warm and breezy. Hooky, evocative tracks like “Paper Bird” and “October Rain” reveal a solid singer songwriter with broad appeal."
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