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I always had a feeling that music wouldnt just be in my life, declares singer Kristina Train. It would be my life.
Hearing Kristina Train for the first time is nothing less than a revelation: her sunny, easygoing demeanor and youthful good looks belie the heart-wrenching power of her voice. Trains Blue Note debut, Spilt Milk, is urbane and soulful, lush in its arrangements but intimate in its emotions, built on a foundation of classic and deeply felt southern soul. The title track unfolds with an almost cinematic grandeur, its string-laden chorus swelling with widescreen melancholy. Balancing the sultry with the strong, Train excels on bittersweet breakup/makeup numbers like Dont Remember and Its Over Now. As the aphorism of the album title suggests, the album tells the story of an indomitable spirit. Train knows how, over the course of a song, to walk away from a relationship with tremendous style.
Spilt Milk was recorded in
For inspiration, Train turns to Aretha Franklin There is not a song that Aretha has sung or will ever sing that doesnt just melt me along with blues/R&B cult figures like former Stax star/Raelette Mable John and Bob Dylan-favorite Karen Dalton. Says Train, I wanted my album to offer glimpses of my influences, not sound like my influences. Jimmy, Eg and I are of similar backgrounds, we appreciate the same music; we have similar tastes. The arrangements are just what we felt the songs needed, they give the songs flavor but dont try to steal anybody elses style. I hope the album is a nod to the music I love, while still being modern.
Music has been at the center of Trains world since she was a toddler, when her mother encouraged her to play the violin. Train took to the instrument, but, more importantly, she also discovered an innate aptitude as a singer, with unerring pitch and a preternaturally mature delivery from a very young age. Says Train, Theres depth to my voice and I think it comes from a lot of different places. But the way I sound today is the way I always sounded — except in a tinier body.
As an artist, Train could never simply be described as a product of her times and that has allowed her, on Spilt Milk, to create music that can arguably be called timeless. Her mom, who raised Train alone, fashioned what some might view as a sheltered existence for the young Train, keeping her away from television and pop radio. But what she really did was provide a fertile laboratory for Train to freely grow as a young woman and a singer, apart from the vagaries of trends. Train took music and ballet lessons and listened to classical music and opera, along with jazz and blues. Her violin training definitely came in handy: Train has arranging credits on three of her tracks and overdubbed strings on two of them.
Though born in
By the time Train was 19, she was already singing professionally, albeit locally. A producer based in the south whod spotted Train arranged to bring her up to
It was time well-spent, Train now realizes: I know that at 19, I would not have made this record, which is the record I always wanted to make. This is the album that defines who I am. At 19, I dont know what I would have put out. I believe everything happened for a reason. It took this amount of time for me to get here and to make this record. I always knew it would happen.
Train made several trips to
Trains confidence and faith in what she has created is part of what makes Spilt Milk so thrilling: Theres just this magic thing that happens sometimes and you think, I want to sing this song for the rest of my life I want to live in it, I want to bury myself in it, I want to wriggle around in it.. Every time I finished one, it was like, I cant believe that, at this point in my life I finally have a song I would fight for, that I believe in 100% percent. And now I have all these songs together on an entire album that I feel this way about. For me, thats my college degree.