Goners, the fifth album from Laura Gibson. It is her best record, and also her strangest. There are hauntings and transformation, odd birds and harbingers. Gibson co-produced Goners with engineer and friend John Askew, with whom she’d also collaborated on her 2016 album, Empire Builder, in his Portland, OR, studio. She ditched her guitar on half the songs, and instead played piano and Wurlitzer.
Laura Anne Gibson (born August 9, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and t. She currently records for the . independent label Barsuk Records, and the Berlin-based label City Slang. Gibson's most recent album Goners was released October 26, 2018. In addition to her solo work, Gibson has released a collaboration album with Ethan Rose, titled Bridge Carols, in 2009.
On her fifth album, entitled Goners, Laura Gibson deep dives into the positive and negative aspects of the word goners. As Gibson says, Goners seemed an apt title because it speaks of both the future and the past. The word is used for two types of people: those who lose themselves in the ones they love, and those whose deaths are imminent. This is Gibson’s first album since completing her MFA in writing, and it shows, as her verses coruscate with brilliant allusions and turns of phrase
Laura Gibson says she makes "grief songs," a fact about her career she's long accepted. Even her love songs end up painted with a wash of sadness. When you experience big loss when you're young - your whole life, she tells me on a Wednesday afternoon, "I’ve revisited that loss in every version of myself. Gibson lost her father to cancer when she was 14, a keystone event that marks her fifth solo album, Goners, out Friday. The album represents a series of doors that lead down contemplative pathways tracking how the event has influenced parts of her life - her relationships, her idea of being a woman, the question of childbirth. On Goners, the stories spring forth like surreal fables from a storybook.
Laura Gibson's new album, Goners, comes out Oct. 26 on Barsuk Records. Parker Fitzgerald/Courtesy of the artist. Laura Gibson's new album, Goners, comes out Oct. Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. The singer wrote and recorded Goners during a time of turmoil and transition, both in her life and in the world at large, and the album carries the weight of some serious rumination about her distant past and uncertain future: "If we're already goners," she sings in the title track, "Why wait any longer for something to crack open?" But Gibson remains a boundlessly wise and warm interrogator, shining a light bright enough to lead out of even Goners' darkest depths.