Monday, February 25, 2013

Red Eye Transit

The debut album from this Oslo based band is shimmering, ethereal, warm flowing, smooth electro rock, that is somewhat haunting and dark. They write about events such as shipwrecks, people like widows, and ghosts, but in a way that is also hopeful. 

The band recorded their album in a lighthouse, amid gale force winds, fierce storms, and tremendous waves. That made them think of what Norway was before the country prospered, and of companionship, which is why the band sounds so hopeful, and why their music sounds so comforting.  A very good debut, one that should establish them in a big way in the US, especially since they are performing at SXSW.  I wish them much luck and success with this album that has much charm and wisdom. They show no fear in the face of overwhelming odds, man-made or nature based. 
Andrea Weiss

Monday, February 18, 2013

No World

The most enjoyable part about this album from the brothers Daniel and Andrew Aged is the music: sensual, sexy, mellow, smooth, old time R&B, with echoes of early Prince for the details. Enjoyable to hear, great if you want something to set a mood on a date. The problem is that the lyrics to these songs all too often fall into two categories, either “I want to put the moves on you,” or  “please sleep with me!”  Not enjoyable to hear, and it spoils the mood. Still, if you’re getting ready for a date, and want to get your emotions out, this album is good as any to do so, no matter what is going on with the lyrics. 
Andrea Weiss

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reason To Believe – The Songs Of Tim Hardin
Various Artists
Full Time Hobby

Hardin was one of the most covered artists of the 60s for his dark lyrics and stark music.  He died before his time, in 1980, after drugs had taken its toll on him. A new generation of musicians made him an icon once again.  Now comes a new collection of his songs by today’s indie artists that proves what a great songwriter he was.

All of these tracks have something to recommend them, but some stand out.  Mark Lanegan’s Red Balloon, shows how stark Hardin could be, with its tale of uncertain love. Alela Diane’s How Can We Hang Onto a Dream, is dramatic and sad. Okkervil River’s It’ll Never Happen Again, dark, depressing, Will Sheff sounding like he’s at the end of his rope. The Sand Band with Reason To believe, is almost cynical about whether to believe or not. Finally, Sand Fairies, If I Were A Carpenter, the darkest cover on the album, is lovelorn, heartfelt, but hopeful.

In these covers, Hardin’s music lives on, and shows that for all the hope and happiness that were the 60s, and 70s, the flip side was wondering if everything was too good to be true. Hardin’s music speaks to that, as do these covers.  Their uniform brilliance proves that Hardin was a songwriter for the ages, and whether you know his songs well, or are new and discovering them, this comp will do it for you,  for this is a very loving tribute to him. 
Andrea Weiss

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In The City-single
Fat Possum

Over wonderfully shimmering, indie rock guitars, mid-range humming synths, and lovelorn singing, a sad tale emerges of someone who never finishes what they start, leaving the one who things were started with to sadly wait for them to come around again, whenever that is, when you live in the same city, but in a big one.   The angst never gets overdone, and the music provides an emotional counterpart, as it helps set the mood and setting.  Another winner from Caveman, whose self-titled album will be out April 2nd, on Fat Possum Records. 
Andrea Weiss


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