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Someone Sent Us This: Chandelle’s ‘Cheatgrass Prison’

Chandelle

Cheatgrass Prison (Devil’s Tower)

Chandelle Gleed’s solo project is a big step forward from her work with Vitamin Overdose. Whereas the latter was dirty, intentionally dragging and lo-fi duo work, Cheatgrass Prison is just Gleed and a guitar — with backing instrumentation supplied by Leopold and His Fiction’s Daniel James and members of Dude City, among others. The recording itself is beautiful, really clean and dynamic. But what blows us away is Gleed’s voice — powerful, edgy, inexplicably seasoned for her age and overwhelmingly reminiscent of a raspless Janis Joplin. And the way she executes the lines, lonesome and heartfelt, specifically in the title track, make for astonishingly believable songs; I caught myself at least once wondering when Gleed was locked up. The former Boulder City-ite spent a brief stint living in Nashville, now moving to the Bay Area. But she’s stopping through Las Vegas for the Cheatgrass Prison release at the Bunkhouse Jan. 12, and word is the only physical sale of the record will be on wax. (www.devilstowerrecords.com)