Thursday, August 19, 2010

Close your eyes EP on Chaffinch Records

Another one from the batch from Chaffinch Records, another 4-way split from various artists with connections to this nontraditional folk/indie label.

'This Side' starts out with a track from the Stevenson Ranch Davidians; Let it all go. It's a folky psychedelic track, heavy on production, it takes a lot of isolated recording gear to catch the huge group of players here. They're adding various drone wavery touches and meandering solos to their huge clean sound. The vocals are a Stone Roses vision of California, heavy on effects and creating that mellow jam out in the rehearsal space with tapestries hanging on the wall and candles burning. A safe kind of freakout with friends, holding hands. It's going to be OK.

'Birds of St Marks' is next from James William Hindle and Calvin Halladay, taking on the Jackson Brown song about Nico, (I think). Layering their vocals over picked acoustic and organ, it's a semi intimate affair. A pretty faithful tribute of the original stripping it down further and giving it that S&G harmonization without the hating each other part (I think).

'That side' is 'Molly May' from Rich Amino who I think is also Richard Anderson who lists mistakes among his contributions to this track, but the massive production on this one sounds otherwise, they are buried under the layers of vocals and full band sound. Mostly crafted together as this one man project, it's big band sort of English Hayden with stream of consciousness, folk vocals involving bumble bees.

'Your my lemonade' from Sancho is a cut up, experimental DJ sounding piece, with shakers, staccato bell sounds, all kinds of percussion which give it a sort of demented parade carnival feel. A massive array of instrumentation all chopped together sparingly. Xylophone, and electronics piecing together sliced apart rhythms. As the song progresses it seems to get progressively organic to complete deconstruction. It all into a low backwards sample and disappears off the A-Side.

It's a sampler of various directions the label has taken over the years, they're letting you know they aren't so tied to a particular genre that you ever know exactly what the next track is going to sound like.

Get it from Chaffinch, who is going to have to ship these from thousands of miles away. No one said loving singles was going to be easy.

Doug (still single) gives it a review here.

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