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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Broadway is one of those 'one-off' musical lightning strikes that is a joy for the lucky listeners that learn of it when released, and an object to be envied by those who learn of it later and have trouble finding a copy. But because you read When You Motor Away, you are in the former group. The album brings together Australian musicians Art Rush (who now is known as Joni Nelson Rush), Claire O'Meara, and David Nichols. Nichols' other credits include The Cannanes, Huon, Driving Past, Fog & Ocean, and the revived Pip Proud. Guitarist and songwriter O'Meara is a student and former member of Melbourne's Slight of Build. Rush had embarked on a project to write and perform fifty albums on fifty shopping centers, with the material on Broadway intended as the tenth album (not a backstory often repeated, I'll wager). The resulting album is eight melodic songs with incisive lyrics and top quality performances. In our view, anyone who isn't a mall rat who feels targeted will find this an absolute delight. And speaking of delight, catch the fiddle on "End of the Summer" which is among the treats embedded below. You can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link, as well.
Broadway comes to us via those Flagstaff, Arizona tastemakers at Emotional Response Records. See the Bandcamp link for the digital version, or the CD link for the physical copy.