New Pepi Ginsberg Video – “The Waterline”

By brandon / May 7, 2008

The 24-year-old Brooklyn (via Philadelphia) singer-songwriter Pepi Ginsberg released her third album Red the end of last month. The collection, produced by her Park The Van labelmate Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, has a vintage, analog-drenched feel, but with more than enough tweaks and twitters to keep it expansive and interesting. The Albert Birney-directed video for bona fide standout “The Waterline” finds Ginsberg ambling through a shifting, color-coding NYC landscape (St. Marks, Alice tripping in the park). She smiles, looks concerned, loses her head, is frozen in space and smeared with paint, and there are creepy encounters with people in masks, etc., but the real star of the whole thing is her gorgeous voice. It hits with some sorta Edie Brickell warmth, but in a much jazzier Jolie Holland or, better yet, Spector realm. Also, listen closely to her words: “Tell them life is poetry, you can’t … read twice.”

Nice the way the song swells in the middle and then just keeps on driving. You should take it with you:

Pepi Ginsberg – “The Waterline” (MP3)

Red is out on Park The Van. Hear more at her MySpace, or check out her Daytrotter session, or, ya know, leave the house:

05/15 – New York @ Joe’s Pub
05/17 – Washington, DC @ The Velvet Lounge
05/27 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar*
05/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johhny Brenda’s*
06/12 – Philadelphia PA @ The Khyber*
06/13 – New York @ The Knitting Factory

*with The Spinto Band