Cheyenne Marie Mize eludes the epitomized singer-songwriter formulae with the release of We Don’t Need on January 24th, 2012 on Yep Roc Records.
Mize’s debut, Before Lately (which The New York Times described as “sweet without being cloying, weary without hopelessness,”) was a slow-burning, introspective, meditative affair. We Don’t Need offers an expansion of the sonic palette she’s established — with more dynamic moods, instrumentation, and experimentation.
Mize wants listeners to know that “the songs on We Don’t Need are meant to be digested individually more than as continuous parts of a complete whole. Each has its own character and will likely be enjoyed in different mental states. As a whole, We Don’t Need is surely eclectic, but each part gives a little taste of the things to come…”
Indeed, We Don’t Need does not fit easily into a box. The record does work as a whole, though, thanks to the constant winding its way through this varied landscape. Lending cohesion to the We Don’t Need‘s sonic kaleidoscope is a voice that Daytrotter described as “a tone that allows you to stretch your head back to that last great and true love that you experienced – the best form of it that ever came your way – and feel as if it never left.”
Mize introduced herself internationally on the 10″ release Among the Gold with Bonnie “Prince” Billy — an inventive take on a variety of late 19th century American parlor music handpicked by Mize and Oldham. She continued her alliance with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore as a major player in the Dear Companion tour supporting their collaborative Sub Pop release in early 2010. After the release of her debut later that year and subsequent performances at South By Southwest, Mize was chosen by NPR as one of their ten “Discoveries at SXSW 2011.” Mize and her band plan to hit the road for extensive touring in early 2012 leading up to a return engagement at SXSW, and well into the spring and early summer.
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