Friday, April 26, 2019

The Tallest Man On Earth - I Love You. It's A Fever Dream


Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man On Earth.  We know that because is says so on the album cover and the press releases.  And that is all well and good, but this is a music blog, so the real issue is whether his new album, I Love You. Its A Fever Dream, is worth your ears.  The answer for us is a definitive "yes".   The ten songs transcribe the artist's musing about the world and his travels as a performer while he comes to grips with the rhythms of his post-divorce life.  The arrangements are economical, but the songs resonate with depth and sincerity, voiced by Matsson in his characteristic expressive and well-worn style.  The songs include themes of loneliness, weariness, and sorrow, and ultimately a ray of hope.  The language is poetic, and the presentation is sublime.  I Love You. Its A Fever Dream is a chronicle of Matsson's interior space, but for all of us who have lived, loved, and lost, the connection with the listener is easily made.

The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Rivers / Birds Records.







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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SUPER 8 - Backers & Maracas

SUPER 8, known to his friends and creditors as Paul Ryan, has crafted another set of infectious guitar pop.  The new album is titled Backers & Maracas, and contains 11 original songs and two covers, including a swinging version of Neil Diamond's "Cherry Cherry".  Ryan is one of the most prolific songwriters that we follow, and he never fails to entertain.  For us, the second half of the album is particularly strong, but you should browse through it and choose your own favorites.

Backers & Maracas is out now in digital and CD formats via Subjangle Records.









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Elva - Winter Sun

Elva may not be a name known to most indie pop fans, but interest blossoms when it is known that one half of the duo is Elizabeth Morris of the late, beloved Allo Darlin'.  The other member is Elizabeth's husband, Norwegian musician Ola Innset (of Making Marks and Sunturns).  Both Morris and Innset have impeccable pop chops as songwriters and performers, and Elva allows them to combine their strengths and share the workload of creating music.  Their debut album is Winter Sun, ten songs inspired by nature, specifically hot summers and cold winters (Morris is from Australia, famed for its hot summer months) and the birth of their child.  The arrangements are varied, including delicate acoustic tunes as well as noisier, up-tempo romps.  It is a rewarding listen, leaving feelings of sweet moments and warm memories.  And of course, unless you are a determined to be unhappy, you will want to replay it over and over.

For Winter Sun, Morris and Innset were assisted by Dan Mayfield, Ofelia Ostrem Ossum, Michael Collins, Diego Ivars, and Jorgen Nordby.  The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Tapete Records.






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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Cupholders - The Conor Byrne EP

Our friends in The Cupholders, Seattle's contribution to bands named after useful items, now have unleashed their latest tribute to a Ballard watering hole -- the four track The Conor Byrne EP.  It is part of their continuing series about the Seattle neighborhood bars that have played a role in their musical lives over the years.  This is joyful, exuberant, and impeccably soulful rock and roll, and you owe it to yourself to let it spark up your life.  We guarantee that it will put a spring in your step that your significant other will notice (they may run and hide, but they will notice).

And while I don't want to embarrass anyone, and the guys are too proud to mention it, they are only short about 3,567,190 download purchases in order to realize their hope of renting a limo to travel to the pub that will host the final EP in the series.  Help them achieve their dream.

The Cupholders are Bart Cameron, Casey Ruff, and Doug Hood (the sometimes employed alter ego of Sam Russell), with help from friends Kubby Casual, Dave Forrester, Joy Mills, Colin J. Nelson (who also recorded and mixed the album), Kate Noson, Ken Nottingham, and Shadrack Scott.  The Conor Byrne EP is a digital release available at the Bandcamp link below.



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Bayonne - Drastic Measures


We get a large number of submissions, and it is an unavoidable fact that we will miss posting about very worthy music.  Sometimes we have the chance to go back and sample a few submissions that flew under our sometimes faulty radar.  Fortunately, one such recent foray brought to out ears Drastic Measures, the February release by Austin, Texas' Bayonne.  The ten songs on the album are drawn in vivid colors, with delightful melodies layered with orchestral detail and snatches of field recordings.  The final result is an album of incredible depth and complexity, and a thoroughly magical listen from start to finish.  We have played it daily since our belated discovery, and we don't intend to stop soon.

Bayonne is Roger Sellers, with some help from additional instrumentalists.  Drastic Measures is out now as a digital release via Mom + Pop Records.







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"Wasting Time" by Talkboy


As of a couple of days ago, we had never heard of Talkboy.  Thanks to an email from some nice people, we now know that Talkboy is a Leeds-based pop band.  We also know that the six-piece makes good pop music.  Last Friday marked the digital release of "Wasting Time".  If you are able to waste some time today, take a listen.  But it really won't be a waste of your time.  Is that false advertising?  Maybe, but it is a very nice song.




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