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The Raven and the Writing Desk / Press

“that band is practically a miniature orchestra as it is, and its lush sound never seems forced; the songs sound like they're written with all members and their sounds in mind and not just adding elements because it would be cool. Each part of a Raven song seems essential to the overall mood of each, and that was clear here. Julia LiBassi sounded like a jazz singer and that, along with the ability of the band to create thick, organic sounds as well as a melodic ambiance, made Raven's music occasionally feel like Flying Saucer Attack writ large and further into abstract sound. At other times, the outfit sounded like Crime and the City Solution backing Tori Amos if she completely shed her vocal affectations.”

“Kudos of the night go to The Raven and the Writing Desk. Despite starting late due to setup and sound difficulties, their set was worth the wait. The acoustics and overall vibe of South Broadway Christian Church just seemed the perfect backdrop for their haunting chamber pop sound. This relatively new band is worth hearing if you get the chance.”

“Truly one of the most original acts submitted to our contest, this 6 piece band from Denver has a variety of influences and a very unique sound. I hear some Arcade Fire & 10,000 Maniacs/Natalie Merchant in what they do, as well as some 70's-ish Prog Rock...but like fine wine, the more you sample, the more you find...very interesting and original indeed!”

Band of the Month Winner July 2011 - Music Go Round

“Talking to the members of Denver indie band The Raven and the Writing Desk, it would seem the band’s unique sound is the result of an experiment gone terribly right. In the short span of time since the band formed, they have been gaining attention with their niche sound, a blending of orchestral and pop/rock elements overlaid with haunting vocals — a sound perhaps best described as “chamber pop.” Regardless of what you name it, their sound is ear-grabbing, even among the already-diverse sounds of the Denver music scene... ”

“Literate and soulful, this ambitious debut is a bracing alloy of baroque pop and romantic sensibilities. Soaring melodies and interweaving layers of rhythm make this a sonically consistent yet eclectic affair. At turns dreamily introspective, jaunty and delicately poignant, these songs are like thematically linked short stories of passion and peril.”

Tom Murphy - The Westword

“An interesting blend of the familiar and the experimental, this is piano-driven indie-pop overlaid with haunting violin and guitar, providing an almost theatrical backdrop for frontwoman Julia LiBissi’s emotional, expressive vocals. I don’t think I’ve ever used the term “literary” to describe a band’s sound, but to me there’s no better word to describe The Raven and The Writing Desk. When I listen to them, it sounds like musical literature. The music is an experience in itself, taking you into another time and place. Not bad for a band who is barely a year old.”

The Oomph

“Julia LiBassi’s voice initially reminded me of Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries), although upon further listening it is clear that LiBassi’s vocals have a unique soft charm. A prime example of the vocal talent represented by The Raven & The Writing Desk comes in the form of “Firefly,” a song with rather minimal instrumental backing and a generous amount of beautifully matched voices”

Something Like Sound

“Fresh on the heels of the recording and release of their debut album Recidivist, newborn Denver quintet The Raven and the Writing Desk have moved audiences with haunting, beautifully rich, emotionally and energetically packed performances. LiBassi’s voice grips audiences with a sound that ranges from sheer and ethereal to soulful and commanding. The harmonious blend of the band’s unique sounds, from resonant violin to pounding percussion, create a versatile experience that twists and wraps around itself.”

Marquee Magazine

“he quintet was invited to play the 2010 UMS, and a short time later, found itself recording with the award-winning John Macy at Macy Sound Studios. The Raven and the Writing Desk just wrapped up “Recidivist,” its debut album, and the results are impressive. A lineup like this — with prominent strings and a powerful female frontwoman — runs the risk of letting every song sound the same, but “Recidivist” has enough twists and turns to keep it engaging and surprising. Quiet, mournful ballads like “Firefly” contrast sharply with dark romps like “Wooden Lover,” which you can steal right here, right now.”

Steal This Track - Denver Post Reverb