Friday, February 3, 2017
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Flying Nun Records
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Bandcamp for "It Doesn't Matter"
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The Eversons were a New Zealand band, and now they are a British band. Impeccable timing, boys -- just in time to try to break into the European market while Brexit trashes everything. So we may not ask the band for career tips or stock market plays, but we are big fans of the music. On their recent album, Stuck In New Zealand, The Eversons fashion indie rock with plenty of melody and hooks, beats that invite dancing, and a lot of humor. Yes, they really are funny, and they have the kind of humor that may have you asking "are they really singing that? Awesome!" And if the humor has a bite, you can always pretend that it is about someone else.
The style covers modern indie rock, '70s classic rock, a bit of glam, some jangle and bubblegum. The two lead singers occupy their roles in the stories with conviction. This album is excellent rock music, and a lot of fun. It is available on Lil' Chief Records; see the Bandcamp link.
Archivo Pittoresco is a treasure box of an album, and a strong argument for embracing variety in life. The work of Portuguese artist Lula Pena, the lyrics are sourced from various writers, as well as Pena herself. She sings in her native language, French, English, Spanish, Greek, and Italian. Pena is accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, but with her gorgeous voice and impeccable phrasing, anything else likely would be a distraction.
The songs are gentle and flowing, including folk, French chanson, fado and bossa nova styles, among others, but all elements yield to Pena's inspired interpretations. Pena has written that the album is based on 19th century landscape painters. With my limited language facility, I confess to be a bit adrift in following that part of the plot, but my deficiencies in that regard to not affect my appreciation for the music.
Archivo Pittoresco is out now via Belgian label Crammed Discs.
Crammed Discs page for album
Monday, January 30, 2017