Why You Runnin’ - FAT POSSUM
FILTER Grade: 80%
By Carrie Tucker on January 15, 2010
From the Neko Case/Lucinda Williams school comes Lissie, a KCRW-approved, all-American “free spirit” (she was expelled from high school because the teachers were trying to squash her enthusiasm, maaan), veteran of TV placement, film scores and commercials. But don’t let the trappings fool you—the girl can create atmosphere with her music. It’s the kind of atmosphere that, if you close your eyes, takes you to a different time and place. The gospel-tinged “Oh Mississippi” could be the soundtrack to a Flannery O’Connor story, one that takes place down by the river and undoubtedly involves a broken heart and a baptism, while her forlorn cover of Hank Williams’ “Wedding Bells” makes a bottle of Jack look damn good. It doesn’t hurt that Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses produced the five-song EP, and though it clocks in at a brief 20 minutes, it’s worth repeated listenings.