Stephanie Rearick is the pianist, main songwriter/singer/trumpeter, etc. For the Madison, WI circus rock spectacle The Coma Savants (formerly Your Mom SRO). Rearick also plays solo, a different matter entirely. Subtle and sensitive, The Long Picnic showcases more of Rearick's playing, including a few instrumental piano compositons. Dissonance and unusual harmonies, sometimes in layered vocal tracks, create new and interesting soundscapes. Literate lyrics are a bonus. The Long Picnic was recorded in Madison and Chicago using just acoustic piano and vocals to create a 10-song journey that is by turns playful, disturbing, and soothing. --- 'encompassing a panoply of pop, jazz, and, most notably, classical influences... Rearick's album The Long Picnic nicely captures her eclectic nature and formidable piano work.' -- The Onion 'This Madison singer-songwriter has sharper instrumental skills than most... she's not afraid to shut up and play an instrumental. Her writing also displays a grim loopiness she'd do well to cultivate, and on 'Not Another Minute' she sounds like the love chiled of Tori Amos and Robyn Hitchcock.' -- Chicago Reader.
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