Now living upstate in Ithaca, NY, Bronwen Exter has two albums under her belt.
The first, Elevator Ride, is a collection of fourteen Spottiswoode songs and one of her own.
Her recent record, Junkyard, has been nominated for an Independent Music Award and can be downloaded here
Produced by Kenny Siegal and Spottiswoode himself, Elevator Ride is at once raw and sophisticated, a lounge pop rock and roll record.
Named for a suicidal lyric that evokes, for Exter, the moments before a socialite’s tumble from the top of a skyscraper, “Elevator Ride” brings together the darkest and most delicate of Spottiswoode’s songwriting with the visceral pull of Siegal’s rock and roll.
Miss Exter, the youngest granddaughter of a Ukrainian communist, a Disneyland-tire maker, an Yves St. Laurent wedding dress model and the Chief Statistician for President Lyndon Johnson, polishes the album off with her own song, “Float,” bringing the record to a lush, haunting close.
The album has was included in Performing Songwriter’s list of top ten DIY albums. And one cut, “Trust What You Feel,” featured in the Hollywood rom-com, She’s Out Of My League as well as the ABC prime time show, Six Degrees.
“Exter possesses a breathy, ethereal singing voice that is reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones and the Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins. Elevator Ride is full of enchanting tales of scorned women, the Deep South, and intoxicating tropical nights, with Exter’s voice creating alternating senses of narcotic tranquility and tragic nightmare … Basically, if you don’t like this album, then there’s something wrong with you.” – BreakThru Radio (Ethan Kanat)