Lawson White Productions

Sarah Kirkland Snider - Penelope


I produced, engineered, and mixed this record for Sarah, for a 2010 release on New Amsterdam Records. I also played some percussion. We recorded in Clinton Recording's Studio A and my studio (Studio C), and we mixed in my studio. Ed Rak and I engineered. Ed did such an amazing job recording the ensemble!


• "[Penelope] is a gorgeous piece of music, but it is more-- it is also a hauntingly vivid psychological portrait, one that explores a dark scenario with a light, almost quizzical touch, finding poetic resonances everywhere." - Pitchfork, January 5, 2011

•"To my recollection, the song cycle Penelope is the most vivid, mesmerizing psychological nightmare set to music I’ve heard" - Huffington Post, Top 10 Alternitive-Art Songs of 2001-2010, December 28, 2010

• "A potent melding of classical poise and alt-pop punch, this dreamy song cycle was the year’s most affecting creation. Accompanied by new-music dream team Signal, vocalist Shara Worden mesmerized." - Time Out New York, Best of 2010 Classical and Opera, December 17, 2010

• "...[Penelope] deals with big ideas -- memory, identity, "home" -- but it's also an intimate portrait of a woman who, like Homer's Penelope, is confronted with finally getting what she's wished for." - NPR, Top 5 Genre-Defying Albums of 2010, December 8, 2010

• "With an onslaught of indie bands attempting to combine intellect and musicianship along with a pop sensibility, few have the ability to harness all three in the way Snider has on [Penelope]. She courageously tackles a dramatic story arc in the vein of a Puccini opera while never losing track of her audience. Dramatic music may still be popular in many different genres but is rarely done with such care and precision." - Death and Taxes Magazine, October 25, 2010

eMusic, "Best Albums of 2010"

Indie Rock Magazine [France], "Top 10 Albums of 2010"

Seth Colter Walls, "Top 50 Albums of 2010"

WNYC, "John Schaefer's Top 10 of 2010", January 5, 2011

textura Magazine, No. 3 Album of 2010, December 2010

The Indie Handbook, "Best of 2010", December 30, 2010

Chicago Independent Radio Project, "Best of the Year", December 29, 2010

17 Dots, "Best of 2010", December 21, 2010

A Fool In The Forest, "Favorite Albums of 2010", December 15, 2010

Post-Post Rock, October 25, 2010

"Penelope" Press Page

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Sarah Kirkland Snider Official Website


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