Mouths to Feed


The iconic and gifted – but underproductive! – Karen Elson. Elson has something that’s rare in both of her lines of work; a fully fledged personality. Fashion models, obviously, roll off the production line like Mattel products, but young women singer-songwriters are nearly just heavily molded to suit a marketable standard. Elson has a face that tells a story. She’s always presented herself as an eerie meld of silent film gamine and glam rocker. So it was no surprise when she came out as a songwriter, that her songs would be about things like sharecropping in the Great Depression, and would carry more debt to Patsy Cline and Tom Waits than anything that could be used to sell perfume.

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