Pop These Fine
Local CDs In Your Hungry Player
The Silk Flag
From the blue
construction paper CD sleeve to the spare but effective production,
this is a truly
independent product, made from scratch.
Antique City (www.antiquecity.iuma.com)
offers a more
unique approach to pop music.
definitely not the standard fluff. It's darker, with more unique
offering spare sounding guitar, tactful, atmospheric keyboard fills,
bass and some sublime harmonies.
You may notice
the absence of drums, which doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the
But, what really
holds my interest with this album is the voice of Tyler Greentree.
Her voice is one
sweet, and seductive instrument. Have a listen to "Lies Rot Your
Heart" and "Bossa Nova Ham" for starters. When she gets together
with Fenoit One (aka. Joel), the results are quite breathtaking. Other
highlights include: "Untitled/litter Of Kittens" (a crowd favourite);
"Unexpected Things," with its falsetto vocals and well accented
synthesized "drips," bringing to mind some of XTC's Andy Partridge's
more experimental forays; the waltz-inspired "Acronymic," and the
most straight forward poppy song on the disc: "Fur Hanz." Pop music
for more discerning ears.
Maplewood Lane (Self Titled) Pop
musician-friendly artist Jonathan Inc, who also adds some
his own, Maplewood Lane's
(www.maplewoodlane.com) debut disc is a breezier Pop offering, but that
mean it’s a throwaway.
Rowan and company offer some sweet audio candy that's a great sight
worthwhile than what the usual radio band offers. Which explains the
popularity of Internet radio and other alternative sources for music
and The Gold" should be all over the radio dial with its instantly
guitar riff and sweet vocals. "Wildwood Drive' is another radio
friendly Pop gem. But if
these tracks prove too sweet, there's always tracks like "When
Everything's Changing" that offer a darker glimpse into their melodic
psyche--a fine counterpoint to Antique City.
A Northern Chorus
Psychedelic Pop / Rock
Lie down, make
yourself comfortable, put on the headphones and visit another planet
modern day slice of atmospheric, psychedelic music. A Northern Chorus
(www.anorthernchorus.com) are a six-piece, which offers music that
needs to be
seriously taken in--definitely not music for people on a schedule.
Tracks such as
the beautifully pensive "Fragile Day" and "Let The Parrots Speak
for Themselves" (Nice to know this band isn't so into their heads they
don't have a sense of humour) drift on for six to eight minutes each.
makes this CD stand out from the many more modern psychedelic-inspired
their addition of violin, viola, flute and trumpet into the mix of
e-bowed, swelled, chiming and swirling guitars.
The harmonies are
wonderful and the dynamics of the arrangements are impressive as songs
subtle, quite openings to full on freak-outs! Vocally, you could say
has Radiohead leanings, but don't let that prevent you from taking them
This is one trip
you won't forget.
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