May 14, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: May 14, 2012

Hannah’s debut record, “Child Bride”, was produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, known for his keyboard work with artists like The National, Martha Wainwright, and Antony and the Johnsons, and also producer of upcoming records by Glen Hansard and Julia Stone. Drawn from Hannah and Thomas’s mutual friends, the core band is a small but potent group of some of New York’s finest musicians, including Sam Amidon, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons), Brad Albetta (producer for Martha Wainwright and Teddy Thompson), Doug Wieselman (Laurie Anderson, the Lounge Lizards), and Kenny Wollesen (John Zorn, Bill Frisell). Their sessions together were captured by engineer Patrick Dillett, equally known for his work recording powerful female vocalists like Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey, and as a producer for art rock legends like David Byrne and Arto Lindsay.Together they have created an expansive, haunted album, lush and welcoming, but also at times almost painfully intimate. Hannah’s strikingly distinctive voice and casually assured phrasing are at the centre of it all, from the heartbroken outpouring of “The Crying Game” to the dark insomnia pop of “Boy + Angel” (a Doveman cover, and the record’s only non-original), to “California”, an irresistibly catchy love letter to Hannah’s home state, with a sunny disposition that can’t quite hide the undercurrent of melancholy and homesickness.

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The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album Storm and Grace — an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm and Grace is a marked departure from Presley’s previous albums, 2003’s gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005’s Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, “I love the songs, but I think I was hiding behind a lot of sonic layers because it was scary to go out there,” Presley says. “It’s easier to bury yourself in the noise so you don’t stand out. This album is a lot more stripped-down and naked, both musically and lyrically.” This Deluxe Version of “Storm & Grace” contains 4 bonus tracks.

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Everybody s Talkin contains eleven tracks cherry-picked by the group to serve as a musical look-back on their first band-building year. Featured are versions of tunes from Revelator that are already crowd favorites “Bound For Glory”, \”Love Has Something Else To Say” some with added details, that takes them a notch higher than the studio originals. Other songs reveal the group’s affection for a wide range of soulful forebears, including Stevie Wonder (”Uptight” ), Muddy Waters (”Rollin’ And Tumblin’”), Bill Withers (”Kissin’ My Love”), Joe Cocker (”Darlin’ Be Home Soon”), Bobby Bland (”That Did It”), Harry Nilsson (”Everybody’s Talkin’”) and the Staple Singers (”Wade In The Water”).

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Mark Kozelek will return with the fifth album from Sun Kil Moon. Over his 20 years making music under his multiple monikers, Kozelek has become known for his doleful songwriting. While Among The Leaves claims to maintain that essence, it also finds “Mark relaxed, singing playfully about his life as a musician” and displaying a “more raw and humorous side of [his] songwriting.” Spanning 17 tracks, titles range from simple (“Elaine”) to verbosely clever (“Not Much Rhymes With Everything’s Awesome At All Times”), and tackle subjects like the late, great San Franciscan guitar repairman Richard Collopy (“Song for Richard Collopy”).

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