A COUPLE OF SPINS FOR YOUR CURIOUS CD PLAYER!
MIKE CLARK "Darker
Machines" Multi-dimensional Rootsy Pop/ Rock
There's something for everyone on this disc. Songs that are atmospheric
rythmic, some with memorable and catchy phrases ("How am I going to get
through?" on Down-without the overly sappy pleading you'd expect), some
are hypnotic and trippy, and some that just out and out rock.
Multi-dimensional Rootsy/ Pop /Rock is what best decribes this debut
Red Deer, Alberta tranplant Mike Clark. The latest addition to the
Vancouver-based Copperspine Records collective (www.copperspine.com
There is a darkness to this album, but not so much as to scare you
It's impressively balanced by sympathetic backing, be it either with
haunting e-bowed electric guitars or lovely, layed backing vocals.
producer (Futcher-one of his other masterful productions is Girl
with a good ear,who lets the true, natural and unassuming voice of the
performer and his songs come through without sacificing it with
overly-zealous production trickery is something to be applauded here.
album works from start to finish. You feel the artist was given the
to hone his musein a supportive and empathetic surrounding.
Solid, acoustic-based songs (at least at the beginning of some tunes)
thoughtful, intelligent lyrics that do a fine turn on the usual
subject matter. Mike Clark is a wise musical investment.
Recommended tracks: Down, Crumbs, Marla, Structures, Threes &
LEE AARON "Beautiful
Things" Jazz / Pop
Lee Aaron. She will always be known as "The Metal Queen" is some people
But,for now and for the last decade, she's decovered a musical
that's greatly satisfied her obviously more eclectic musical palate,
lets her use her voice in a way she hasn't used it before. Who could
her when she feels and performs it with all the ease and pinache of any
popular Jazz singer out these days. Not everything works on this Cd,
there are some moments where her charm and playfulness are downright
contagious. Her covers of Donovan's "Museum", as well as
"Do I Move You" are standouts, and co-written tracks like the
inspired "Heart Shaped Whole" and "Silent Serenade" offer a nice break
some of the (have to be honest here) rather bland
Jazz /Pop fare that also inhabits this album. But then, this is not to
taken so seriously as to berate her travels entirely. Also,
guitarists like Stephen Nikleva and Jonathan Inc. backing you means
not all bad.
Plus the backing vocals that cradle some of the tracks are just
It's a worthy purchase, dear listener.