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Quinn Tsan

Megan Lee Miller

Quinn Tsan, Predictions 

When: Thu., Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
When Chicago singer-songwriter Quinn Tsan self-released Good Winter two years ago, the EP nestled into the region just above my chest and below my neck—which explains why her bare, somber arrangements and trembling, resonant vocals together put a lump in my throat and make my heart beat a little faster. I put Good Winter on a loop so much that fall that it felt like I knew Tsan before we even exchanged pleasantries. And, full disclosure, since then Tsan and I have actually become friends, meaning her music is no longer our only vehicle for communication, though I certainly still find it enchanting. On the new self-released London, KY EP, Tsan ditches some of her starkness in favor of more vibrant arrangements: humming slide guitars, sweeping strings, cooing backup vocals. Still, her strongest gusts are revealed when the instrumentals ebb to reveal tender, soothing singing. Though Tsan and her band get a bit rambunctious on “Blind Man’s Daughter,” nothing hits as hard as when her quiet vocals rise above restless acoustic picking and what sounds like a field recording of crickets on “Lavender Oil.”
— Leor Galil

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