Yeah, I know I’m a day late. It’s part of the delightfully unexpected charm that is “Ri”.
*feel free to indulge in a HUGE, overly dramatic eye roll here*
I am busier than a one armed wallpaper hanger lately, so I’ll cut to the chase today.
Worth noting, though – when referring below to “Mari” and “Mister Lucky”, I’m commenting on the comments they left on the Friday Fiver.
Sheese, people. Keep up, will ya? 😉
Track 1: Friends and Family by Golden Shoulders
I am SO glad to see that my two co-reviewers (Mari and MisterLucky13, I heart you both) liked these cats as much as I do! They’re not new – this isn’t even a track from their most recent CD – but it’s the one that hooked me.
They fall into the category of “WHY are they not huge yet?” for me…sometimes I swear I just don’t understand the prevailing musical taste of the masses. Re: their current release (well – 2009), Get Reasonable, some folks had this to say:
“One of the year’s best kept secrets. Catchy pop songs that burrow a place in your brain right between the synapses that love Wilco and the Beatles.” – musical/pairings
Also made of awesome? The writing on their website. It’s my perfect brand of funny. Go, see for yourself! Buy their new CD while you’re there, as they appear to be good eggs and MUCH more deserving of your hard earned ducats than say…Starbucks. 😉
This tune: my pick. Found it myself, bought it myself.
Track 2: Moment of the Year by The Doubtful Guest
“Jangly” and “frenzied”? Sure, I get that. Not the kind that makes me nervous, though – the kind that I would ABSOLUTELY want to hear live, from a barstool, in a pub where I had just imbibed four Black and Tans which were rapidly propelling me towards Incredibly Fun and Bulletproof status.
Unfortunately it appears that to make this a reality I shall have to abscond to the UK, as these Boys from Bath are still sticking generally close to home. Hence, the reason I’m telling you…I figure the more support we can drum up, the more likely they’ll spring for a hop across the pond. (And maybe a website a rung up the ladder from MySpace. Maybe I should offer my services?)
There’s not a song by this band that I’ve heard that I haven’t loved, for what that’s worth. If you’ve been around the past year and listened to my shuffles, you may remember them. They’re a go-to favorite for blaring in the kitchen whilst I’m bopping around, baking pies. I dunno – they make me happy.
This tune: My buddy Hannah from London tipped me off. Bought my own copy.
Track 3: Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie
There is just something about this tune that gets me. Sure, he can get a bit breathy, but I sort of dig the juxtaposition of that sound against the electro-doorbell vibe. It’s the one that sticks in my head for the rest of the day after hearing it…but in a good way.
Incidentally, the video for this was incredible, featured some pretty amazing and award winning stop motion animation. Extra points for “whole package creativity” from me.
This tune: first heard it ages ago on blip.fm. Hunted it down and bought it.
Track 4: Spinning by Malea McGuinness
It’s funny that Mari and Mister Lucky had polar opposite takes on this song. I get it, though – and while I tend to lean more on the Mister Lucky side of the spectrum of opinion here with regard to the overall product, I do LOVE her voice. I could even see her doing a Pat Benatar redux type deal.
She’s a classically trained singer and self taught guitarist who’s opened for Counting Crows and played with Todd Rundgren. Half Irish, Half Korean. I’ve read reviews that describe her as “folk” and “indie”, so I’m thinking there’s something there that I may not be hearing in this particular track…
Well, on vocal talent alone I think it’s worth checking out some other songs of hers. I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve digested more. 😉
This tune: sent over by the lovely folks at Malea’s PR firm; gratis.
Track 5: Tin Spoon by CJ Young
This is not a song. This is an experience. I seriously feel as if I’ve just taken a very unusual and not wholly unpleasant walk. I was totally taken aback.
Now, I sort of agree with Lucky (sorry – had to shorten it) that some of the individual elements clashed, and I found that jarring. But, armed with the knowledge that this CJ cat is sort of an “experimental musician”, I gave another listen and I think I get it.
And I think I like it.
The songs on this EP are actually meant to be enjoyed through headphones, and I agree – that’s a totally different sensory experience. Try it & see if maybe you don’t hear it in a whole new way.
This tune: sent over by the lovely folks at CJ’s PR firm; gratis.