Lindsey Verrill of Little Mazarn and Lou Turner connect to discuss their new records, Dairy Queen, and creating “enough wiggle room for the slipper to fit someone else who might want to be the protagonist.”
Lou Turner’s 2020 LP Songs For John Venn was a striking and assured debut, full of sage wisdom, lyrics that were both wryly funny and deeply felt, and plaintive melodies that drew from a deep well of country and folk influences. A fantastic first offering! But Microcosmos, Turner’s follow-up, is even better. Building on John Venn’s firm foundation, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter has delivered an album that solidifies her status as a modern master.
Hot on the release of the latter’s Mr. Chill and a brand-new collection of Utah Philips covers, Lou Turner and Dan Wriggins discuss music, Friendship, and the poetry of Louise Bogan, Lucinda Williams, and James Schuyler in this special and intimate Aquarium Drunkard conversation.
But however eclectic Songs For John Venn gets, the album is held together firmly by Lou Turner’s singular lyrics and perfectly breezy vocals. She can make even the most tongue-twisted of lines sound as natural as a conversation with friends, blending wry humor with piercing observations, stony wonderings with crystal clear vision. These tunes follow their own weird inner logic but remain altogether accessible for the casual listener — a neat trick, indeed.