Trained at a young age and composing since she was 10, Chicago singer-songwriter Andrea Dawn has methodically honed her craft into a unique style that exists somewhere between 1930s jazz singers, 90s singer-songwriters, and the film scores of Danny Elfman and Jon Brion. While haunting and often orchestral, the songs remain, at their core, an examination of the human experience.
In 2012, this sound was fully realized through Andrea's debut full-length, Theories of How We Can Be Friends, released on Waterloo Sunset Records. Dawn recorded Theories over the course of a year, mostly on her own in her loft and at various locations around Chicago. The record was then mixed and mastered by Brian Zieske (The Academy Is, The Hush Sound). “The idea was to make a million dollar record on a thousand dollar budget,” says Dawn. “We outsourced the string section, we recorded orchestral percussion in a high school band room; we did everything we could to help the songs be fully realized, without having much money behind it.”
The end result is a record that has been described by critics as "anthemic" "powerful" and "extraordinary." The record has also been featured on college radio stations across the country including KPSU Portland, KVRX Austin, KAMP Tucson, WLUW Chicago, and CJLO Montreal, and it was ranked in the Top 100 Albums for KALX Berkeley, CA
While touring the country to support the record, Andrea and her band (Dan Knighten, Zach Goforth) began writing a new batch of songs that would eventually make up her sophomore album. Moodier, darker, and more lyrical, the new album looks to be Andrea's most personal to date. The new record was recorded this winter at Soma in Chicago, and mixed/mastered by Brian Zieske in Atlanta, GA, and it will be released on National Record Store Day, April 19, 2014.