Archive for October, 2010
Excerpt: “Boxharp is the band of one, a man who’s tagged himself producer of such artists as John Vanderslice, Superchunk and the Mountain Goats. But Boxharp, his project with singer Wendy Allen, sounds nothing like any of these…. It’s “expansive” in that each song starts with a fuzzy blanket of warm, Eno-like ambience that eventually swallows melodies whole. It’s “direct” in that those melodies are still very much there, rising from the mist with delicate immediacy, slipping their way gently into the folds with gorgeous harmonies and ghostly effects. Boxharp also highlights an intriguing divide somewhere between the celestial and worldly. The Green is late nights, fireplaces, ghost stories and legends, all rolled up into a NyQuil capsule of a record. Your dreams have never sounded so good.”
Liam Singer’s stunning new album Dislocatia has been given the love it deserves at the ever excellent Textura. Dislocatia scooped “Album of the Month” status and an awesome review which you can read here. The current issue of Textura also features a wonderfully insightful interview with Liam which provides a great introduction to the man and his music as well as lovely little window into the production and ideas behind Dislocatia - a must read!
Liam Singer – The Brief Encounter Liam Singer – The Brief Encounter
Excerpt: “Solemn, piano-based composition with a whiff of the Renaissance about it. Liam Singer has a plaintive, Elliott Smith-like tenor, and pairs himself vocally here with Wendy Allen, of Boxharp, who sings an intricate counter-melody with the airy, earnest bearing of a traditional folk singer. The song they create together is both deliberate and hypnotic, with a canon-like melody that climbs and descends and circles and fits back together with itself without any apparent starting or end point, and no sense of chorus or verse.The overall feel is elegiac; the lyrics are inscrutable but there is a strong sense of lament here, accentuated by the centuries-old sensibility working its way through this contemporary recording.”