“Thorns On A Crown”, the latest EP from alternative Rock singer/songwriter Kirsten DeHaan, is available for purchase today via major online retailers iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Napster. Distributed by Oseao Media Group, the five song EP is sure to please. Kirsten’s voice and signature style has a mixture of qualities that critics have called: “the sweetness of Liz Phair”, “a soft, airy quality like that of Sia”, and “the rich alto of Fiona Apple”.
List of major online retail links: Amazon – eMusic – iTunes – Napster
“Thorns On A Crown” is by far her most mature work to date. In the current etch and sketch environment of musicians singing to beats generated by machines, it is refreshing to find an artist who wholeheartedly exudes meaning and truth, a feat that only a genuine musician can accomplish. She may be considered a newcomer to the music industry, but there is enough raw passion, talent, and promise on “Thorns On A Crown” to say definitively that Kirsten DeHaan will around for many years to come.
DeHaan has been invited to host her NYC EP release event during TM Promotions’ CMJ Music Marathon Showcase on Thursday, October 22 at BLVD/Crash Mansion (199 Bowery). This follows her EP premier at Colony Cafe on the closing night of Woodstock’s 40th Anniversary Film Festival (Oct. 4th).
When describing her latest offering,” Thorns On A Crown” Kirsten notes, “This record, without exception, finally exemplifies who I am as an artist…Its alive, clear, and gripping. I wanted to make a very raw record, one that can’t hide, I think that goal has been accomplished.” She plans to embark on a full-blown press and touring circuit this year in order to promote the record.
“Thorns On A Crown” Tracklisting:
“1984” skillfully maneuvers its way from beginning to end as DeHaan puts her vocal range along with a knack for soothing tones to good use, singing in a soft, but gutsy manner. The guitar playing over a catchy beat works well with her voice to produce a sultry and graceful fusion of folk and rock.
2) Double Or Nothing
DeHaan produces a well-crafted, solid folk-rock tune with passionate delivery over a foot-tapping guitar melody in “Double Or Nothing.” The sharpness of her lyrics and gritty tone gives the song a freshness That will keep any listener engaged, even after multiple plays.
3) The Night Shift
“The Night Shift” delves into the very familiar territory of love as DeHaan’s candor and humility together make this song easy to relate to. DeHaan’s voice captures the feelings of a woman waiting and thirsting for love. Even the silences between notes seem to shout out her vulnerability.
4) I’m Coming Home
A piercing harmonica complements the delicacy in DeHaan’s sweet voice in “I’m Coming Home.” The layered sound and musicality gives a classic rock feel that is emphasized by the ‘call and response’ between DeHaan and the harmonica.
5) Ms. Daisy
“Ms. Daisy” builds a sweet melody around the idea of hope. Initially, the song seems inconspicuous and gentle, but DeHaan’s voice is so melodious and colorful, it quickly works its way into the listener’s heart and soul.
About Kirsten DeHaan
Kirsten DeHaan is a true jack of all musical trades. Not just a talented singer/songwriter and guitarist, she promotes her music via her label SirLady Records, does various philanthropic work for American soldiers in the Middle East, and is a strong and active proponent of the New York indie music scene.
DeHaan stomped onto the indie music scene to rave reviews in 2004 with her first album release “Conform.” Critics compared her music to that of Nirvana, U2, and Belly. Her music has been downloaded over 1 million times via various peer-to-peer sites and featured on the hit reality shows Made and My Super Sweet Sixteen. Declaring “Conform” to be one of the most popular records next to the Killers and Ashlee Simpson by FreshFarmMusic.com, DeHaan was among five artists chosen for Men’s Vogue/Hennessey Flaunt Your Taste Critics Choice Awards.