Little Brave: “Cut & Paste”
Little Brave is the alter-ego of singer and songwriter Stephanie Briggs, who began her musical career in the early 2000s with the band Rodger Wilko. They put out three albums before Briggs struck out on her own, releasing two albums under her own name. Ultimately, Briggs settled on the name Little Brave with a little help from some fellow Austin musicians.
Last spring Briggs released Wound & Will, her first record as Little Brave. Not content to just throw the record out to the world and hope for the best, Briggs crafted an honest-to-goodness musical based on the album to celebrate its release. “This was easily the best show I’ve seen so far this year, and it wasn’t about the confetti: it was about the songs and the vision of a top-notch all-around artist the regional music scene should be proud of,” wrote Enrique Lopetegui of the San Antonio Current in a March 2011 review of the show.
One of Wound & Will‘s standout tracks, “Cut & Paste” is today’s song of the day. There are, appropriately, two parts to “Cut & Paste.” The first is marked by big, pounding drums, and Briggs’ expressive voice. There’s a yearning to it, as if Briggs can see her future in front of her, but she’s not quite there yet. About two-thirds of the way through the song effortlessly segues into the buoyant second part, with an electric organ giving the song a bouncy energy. It’s a great conclusion to a cinematic song.
You’ll get a chance to hear Briggs perform “Cut & Paste” live this Friday. As fellow locals Courrier celebrate the release of their new album, Little Brave will share the bill at Stubb’s. Likewise, this fall Little Brave is also set to release a follow-up EP to Wound & Will.