“Truly an arresting talent, able to gain entry to places rarely imagined by most songwriters” – Paste Music
Robert Deeble is an American singer-songwriter based in Seattle. His recordings have been noted for their orchestrated arrangements, a subtle, minimalist style of production, and lyrical content. Robert's first album, Days Like These first released in 1994 with folk heroine Victoria Williams. Subsequent recordings included other such music industry veterans as Rachel Blumberg of The Decemberists, vocalist Anna-Lynne Williams and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits/Mavis Staples). As a touring artist Robert has shared bills with the likes of Low, Ida (band), Jason Molina, Sam Phillips and Over the Rhine. [Wikipedia]
"These songs were written as love letters to my one year old daughter as I was preparing to say good bye."
BELOVED is Robert's sixth album and a heartbreaking collection of memoirs that tells the story of how he and his wife became a family to their adopted daughter. "We first met our daughter as foster parents when she was just 3 days old. After one year, we were preparing to adopt when she was suddenly returned. This originally was part of a grieving process in the hope that she might hear these songs and know how deeply she was loved." In the years that followed Robert and his wife were reunited to their former foster child, become her Godparents and eventually invited by her birth mother to adopt her.
"Music that unfolds in its own time, utterly comfortable and at ease." BIG TAKE OVER
"I'm not sure I'd want to start rowing toward a deserted island without it." BLURT (9 out of 10 Stars)
"It's beautiful music for the sake of beautiful music, and what's better is that it's believable." SEATTLE WEEKLY
"An album's worth of finely wrought songs, tinged with sadness and redeemed by compassion." iTUNES (editorial)
"Disturbingly honest songs. Few of his albums are more intimately honest than Heart like Feathers." STEREO SUBVERSION
"Deeble's authentic lyrics, along with stunning instrumental arrangements, make this album one of his strongest." PERFORMER
"The pained and yearning Deeble comes off like a worthy descendent and disciple of Leonard Cohen." EMUSIC (4 out of 5 Stars)
"The songs are dark and tight, instruments don't play with individual personality, they are bent to the will of the song." AMERICANA UK
BELOVED ( MP3)
Heart Like Feathers (Official Video)
Weeds (Official Video)
Eucharist (Official Video)
Sunflower (Official Video)
The Colors of Dying (Official Video)
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"Heart Like Feathers"
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Produced by Robert with Graig Markel (Band of Horses, Nada Surf, Jim Carroll), BELOVED was recorded in Seattle with a cast of fellow songwriters. Jen Wood (The Postal Service) gives a stunning vocal on "To Find You" and alongside the harmonies of Tomo Nakayama on "Coal Miner" (also "Uncertain" and "The Mulberry Bird"). Shenandoah Davis guests on "The Mulberry Bird" and Tara Ward opens with "Sunshine" (a haunting version of You Are My Sunshine within a minor key) and then reappears on the title track. Instrumentally Robert is joined by Josh Golden (Damien Jurado/Pedro The Lion), Shenandoah Davis and old band mates Kris Rosentrator , Antoine Arvizu, Tony Green (from his 1998 release EarthSide Down). The album features lush strings throughout with an arrangement by Ric Hordinski (Monk / Over The Rhine) on the title track "Beloved."
Robert Deeble's first debuted in 1995 and he has continued to quietly publish meaningful releases since that time. His last record Heart Like Feathers received critical acclaim and regular rotation on XM Satelight's The Loft. He has played alongside such artists as Low, Ida, M Ward, Sam Phillips, Over The Rhine, Papa M, and Victoria Williams.