Departure

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"Her lyrics have something to say to nearly everyone." -The Portsmouth Herald

Recorded in the gap between 80s hair bands and the birth of grunge, this 9 song collection was born out of wedlock with all that was around her, spun out of an entire life of playing and writing songs, listening to rock, soul, jazz, pop, blues, punk. Grooving to live

"Her lyrics have something to say to nearly everyone." -The Portsmouth Herald

Recorded in the gap between 80s hair bands and the birth of grunge, this 9 song collection was born out of wedlock with all that was around her, spun out of an entire life of playing and writing songs, listening to rock, soul, jazz, pop, blues, punk. Grooving to live ska, reggae, African pop, Psychedelic Jam bands, Bluegrass. Studying Bebop and Film Scores and sleeping to Zappa and Ambient Music, loving both elegant Chamber Pop and the dirtiest Delta Blues, playing in experimental dance bands during New Wave and coming of age during the heyday of 70s FM radio, classic records and 8 tracks, remnants of bygone eras strewn about her memory; all the aural nooks and crannies a growing girl finds when obsessed with sound, condensed and distilled into 8 songs and 1 cover by The Rolling Stones.

Departure featured a span of styles, all quite polished and arranged for an indie artist's debut. A couple were left bare, but the opening track unfurled with a string quartet, another with Stu Kimball's (Bob Dylan) perfectly twangy lead sputtering out the most country licks for a non-country album, future Morphine member Dana Colley blowing staccato licks on some blurry take on Ska punk. All the colors she wanted like a pedal steel player that only the engineer Ducky Carlisle knew: an older man who came in with Lucky Strikes rolled up in his shirt sleeve near his shoulder, paid with a 6-pack of beer, never to be seen again.

Departure announced Geltman's arrival into the Boston music scene and beyond. Departure landed on two local critics top 10 lists for the year in music and received consistent positive reviews.

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