Car Crash Seattle power pop outfit Telekinesis released a second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, February 15 via Merge. After listening to the album a dozen or so times, one can realize that Michael Benjamin Lerner (the architect of the entire Telekinesis world) has about 500 ways to write breakup, heartbreak, & lovelorn songs. What Lerner does so well, is he takes this similarity in theme and puts them into relatively fun, poppy, hooky songs that are a complete façade for these more unpleasant themes. It’s that façade, and Lerner’s whispy, crooning yet poppy voice that make these songs so…
Seattle folk trio, The Cave Singers, released a new album entitled No Witch. Excitedly I’ve got my first taste of the album back in December, after ‘Welcome Joy’ I was a big fan of the music these guys were making. When I put it in, it started as a continuation of Welcome Joy but noticed something different the further into the album. This is literally the Cave Singers’ rock album. In previous efforts they are likened to the soft gray foggy days of Seattle, and now they have seemed to come under the full moon of the night transformed into a ferocious beast (see black leaf) that bites.
Normally speaking we are all hesitant to accept such changes, especially when they have done something you love. The further you listen to it, you realize this new ‘edge’ fits the band really well. They’ve added another dimension to their sound without completely abandoning what they did in prior efforts. This album adds a bit of swagger to their normally relaxed folk affairs. Songs like ‘Black Leaf,’ ‘Faze Wave’ & ‘No Prosecution If We Bail’ all show off this newfound swagger and attitude, and lush sounds like ‘Swim Club’ and ‘Distant Sures’ keep the band grounded in what has gotten them to this point. What keeps this release grounded is how well the album is crafted, it sounds beautiful, the songs are intriguingly written, and give off an off an almost transcendental, feel to it. Altogether, its a reaching, branching out album that doesn’t feel like The Cave Singers have tried something they can’t do.
No Witch feels like an album where a band is stretching its space and carving out their very own niche. It could easily be confused as a slumped album, where the band didn’t know which direction they wanted to go. I don’t see it this way with No Witch. I see expansion that puts this album in the hands of more than just the folk-lovers in us. Its an album that successfully bridges multiple tones. Give this one a few tries, I’m quite certain it will grow on you.
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Chuchumbe Born With A Broken Heart Last week the Mexo-American folk band David Wax Museum released it’s album ‘Everything is Saved,’ here in Boston. I missed the party, but I certainly was not going to miss getting to hear their album. They had already released 2 tracks from the upcoming album, and to put it lightly I was extremely excited about both tracks. I first saw DWM last summer when they got together at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge with Ben Kweller. Honestly, Kweller was the draw for me, but once I heard David Wax, and Sue Slezak play I…