Tuesday, December 18, 2018
WYMA blog has a soft spot in our hearts for musical lawyers (not that there are many of them). You see, the majority of us that founded the blog are members of the bar. Shocking, I know, but don't hold it against us. To borrow a phrase from the person holding the position previously known as 'leader of the free world', "some of [us], I assume, are good people".
And in addition to likely being a good person, Andrew Choi, Esq., is a very talented musician. Recording as St. Lenox, Choi's 2018 offering is Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love, the third installment if his biographical sketches of his life, background and, more directly in this instance, the tensions between a career and the search for romance. The album crackles with energy and immediacy. Andrew's delivery is a stream of conscious, rapid fire street soul that you would expect, and be delighted, to find in your local club, or maybe the best corner in your neighborhood on a sunny day. Melodic and raw, there is a bit of Tom Waits and a bit of John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) in the vocals, but the themes are all Andrew Choi. The songs on Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love are insightful and memorable. It is an album that seeps under your skin and stays with you for a long time, and we thoroughly recommend it.
You can grab a digital copy at the Bandcamp link below.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Three tracks are provided for your evaluation below, including the very fun video for album opener "Captain". But we recommend you then go to Bandcamp and check out the whole album, including two of our favorites, "Home" and "Cuttlefish".
Northern Times is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Emotional Response Records. Other projects in which either Mia or Jen have been involved include Sleepy Township, Huon, Cannanes, Boyracer, and Rabbit in Red.
Bandcamp for Northern Times
Twitter for Tobias Isaksson