A show review by J. Tritten that appeared on Ink 19 in June 1999 (I’m not sure of the exact date). It’s reviewing a show I did with Brother Danielson and the Fly Seville, at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 4/22/99.
<…> Well, those of us there were very happy to get to hear the great Edith Frost sing her blue melodies of heartbreak. She had with her Amy Domingues (of Tsunami and Telegraph Melts) playing cello, while Edith played her baby blue Stratocaster that I fell in love with the first time I saw her, in New York last year. Edith had a full band with her then, so I was looking forward to this show and its stripped-down nature. Her first album, Calling Over Time resembles this line-up, while Telescopic, her second, brings in more instruments at a louder volume.
An interview by Daphne Carr that appeared in the May 1999 issue of Eventide. (The phone interview happened on September 23, 1999.)
The recorded Edith Frost is deliberate; pacing her beautiful country-tinged voice over sweet sweeps of guitar. Live, a schoolgirl-like nervousness wins the audience’s hearts as she furiously attempts to avert her eyes from the spotlight.
Her first full length, Calling Over Time, features the Chicago personalities of Jim O’Rourke, David Grubbs, Rick Rizzo and Rian Murphy, as well as the High Llamas’ Sean O’Hagan. The next album, Telescopic, secured her as a vital artist with its warmth and tragedy backed by washed-out distortion, electronic night sounds, and of course, Frost’s unbelievably sweet voice. She returned from an extensive European tour to her transplanted home of Chicago for a break from performing. It was there that I found her.