Monday, July 30, 2012

newmusicmonday #104:: Dana Falconberry








Dana Falconberry c.2008, via Facebook
Eastbay based Antenna Farm Records recently signed Austin-based Dana Falconberry, which is quite a coup. Her earlier stuff has a clean, stripped down "blue-state folksy" sound like on "Blue Umbrella"::



and indie folk pop tracks like "Petosky Stone" from 'Though I didn't Call It Came'::



What caught my ear was "Lake Charlevoix", a track on her forthcoming 'Leelanau' album due out on October 9th.



The sound is lusher and the vocals remind me a bit of Keren Ann, {e.g., the "Not Going Anywhere" era.} In other words, chanteusey with a softness and an unmistakeable hook of cool.

Dana gets inspiration from her native Michigan, specifically, the Leelanau Peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. Much of my experiences of the Great Lakes has been in Canada, along the northern shore of Lake Ontario and I remember a very long drive along Lake Superior in 1992 from Thunder Bay to Wawa. Being from California, it took me a long while to appreciate the Great Lakes and how their subtlety can draw you in. This characterizes how Falconberry's music strikes me...drawing me in with subtle details and her intricately crafted arrangements.

Why I might like this?
Sweet vocals and indie folk pop orchestrations that aren't overblown or pretentious.

What makes it cool?
It's indie folk that's been distilled once again.

Standout track...
"Lake Charlevoix"

Hipster quotient...
She's been playing SXSW since 2006 & has opened for Okkervil River, so you might be late to the game...better late than never.

Upcoming shows are here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

newmusicmonday #103:: Le Trouble



Another CBCr3 find, Le Trouble is anglophone Montréal indie pop that's quite catchy.

Why you might like it...
If you like Malajube, but get hung up on the fact that you can't understand the lyrics.

What makes it cool...
There's a nod to post punk and the Montréal indie scene.

Standout track...
Maybe "Pale as Rain"because it features Fanny Bloom {cbcr3} and I'm a sucker for sweet, female francophone vocals. "Mission Bell" & "To the Wire" also work for me...on Reality Strikes {on Bandcamp}, the more manic sounding, the better. Although, "Every Night's a Giant" is pretty good,

Hipster quotient...
You'll be the first of your friends to know about these guys.

Enjoy.



Monday, July 16, 2012

newmusicmonday#102::International Zombies of Love


Greetings from the foggy hills of Berkeley with the latest newmusicmonday. I'd like to get back to regularly blogging, but let's just start with some baby steps. There are chamber pop elements to IZOL such as the use of french horns that I can't seem to resist. A CBCr3 find, the band is the latest project of Mike Farrell, known as the frontman of The Pariahs. I'd start out by checking out "Back to the Ball"::


I hear a hint of Patrick Monahan {Train} in the vocals {e.g., on "Laughing on Instinct"} that can veer into a Buddy Holly twang {e.g., on "Snowy Street"}, which isn't a bad thing, as I think it works with the band's sound. Here's a link to their Bandcamp player. I like how the lyrics aren't overwrought with cleverness and preciousness, but that doesn't mean the music's devoid of smart sentiment. This is summer music for me—enjoy, unless you're sleeping off the season.