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A Passing Cloud

by Linda Smith/Nancy Andrews

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Room 435 03:17
Curtains 03:14
LZ 02:13
No One 03:43
A Chill Rain 02:56
All I Did 04:05


In 1983, Nancy Andrews and Linda Smith shared a big house in Baltimore with a continuously revolving cast of artists and musicians. It was there the like-minded artists formed their first band, Ceramic Madonna Head (with Plastic Arms), a short-lived project which included housemates Elizabeth Downing and Peggy Bitzer. By the time the lease was up, Linda and Peggy had decided to move to New York where they would form a new band called The Woods while Nancy and Elizabeth remained in Baltimore and formed a performance art band called Lambs Eat Ivy.

While playing guitar in The Woods in the mid-80’s Linda purchased her first 4-track cassette recorder and embarked on a pioneering decade of solo, DIY home recording with a series of cassettes and 7” records of smart and moody singer-songwriter bedroom pop music. This trailblazing period was recently documented on the Captured Tracks retrospective compilation “Till Another Time: 1988-1996.” Her band, The Woods, made a record which was shelved for decades but will finally see release in 2023. During this same period Nancy pursued art, animation and filmmaking with occasional forays into music including another short-lived collaboration with Linda called The Gertrudes as well as a 7” under the alias Pinky on Harriet records in 1992. The friends stayed in touch but hadn’t worked on a project together in nearly thirty years.

In 2020, Linda rediscovered in the back of a drawer some old tapes of Nancy’s songs she had recorded for her in the 90’s. In the process of digitizing the old recordings she was inspired to reach out and float the idea of a new collaborative recording project with her old friend. “A Passing Cloud” is the fruit of their rekindled long-distance musical conversation. They began the songwriting process by flipping through Nancy’s pulp fiction collection and pulling provocative phrases from the lurid titles and hard-boiled storylines. Then, they set out to create new stories from personal, feminist perspectives. All the songs were composed incrementally by passing tracks back and forth between Maine and Maryland during the late pandemic. A Passing Cloud’s lovely and beguiling pop music may be borne out of isolation but it draws us in with a carefully rendered intimacy made possible by decades of artistic collaboration.


released March 17, 2023

All songs written and recorded by Nancy Andrews and Linda Smith 2020 - 2022. All instruments by Nancy Andrews and Linda Smith except lead guitar on "All I Did" by Danielle Byrd. Mixed by Zach Soares. Mastered by C. Worth. Cover art by Nancy Andrews. Released by Grapefruit/Gertrude 2023.


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Linda Smith Baltimore, Maryland

Linda Smith made home recorded music from 1987 to 2001. It was released on cassette, vinyl, and CD by such labels as Harriet, Feel Good All Over, Slumberland, and her own Preference label.

"Essentially this is the best bedroom-pop you are ever likely to hear, directly from an age that did not really know what to do with it."
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