My obsession with St. Vincent is possibly unhealthy. I am absolutely infatuated and this new video, premiered today by Google Music and Youtube, is no exception. The feelings it provokes in such a hyperbolic and artistic way are magical…evoking sadness and desperation. It brings the song “Cheerleader” (from St. Vincent’s completely fantastic Strange Mercy) forward in, not a new light, but in a brighter, more tangible one. Sensational.
Posts Tagged ‘songwriter’
February 7, 2012 by Steph
October 15, 2011 by Steph
It’s no surprise that Manchester UK’s Butcher the Bar (aka Joel Nicholson) will soon be heading out on a European tour with Death Cab for Cutie. The indie pop folk instrumentation with a whispy tenor voice and strong clucking percussion is like Death Cab crossed with Kevin Devine on Prozac. What might surprise you is that Nicholson manages not to burst out laughing in this “gravity-defying” video, where he encounters all sorts of flying objects. He does crack a smile a few times though. And so will you at this fun video.
“Alpha Street West,” is taken from Nicholson’s newest Morr Music release, For Each A Future Tethered.
June 29, 2011 by Steph
It would be easy, having been a fan of The Honorary Title, to spend a whole review comparing Jarrod Gorbel’s solo material to his old work as part of the band. I will do my best to refrain.
Jarrod Gorbel’s work as a solo artist is not far from his previous project, except with a folky twang. The stage set-up included a violinist and back-up vocalist Abby and keyboard player Dustin. Gorbel’s voice fills a room and soars with all it’s imperfections, pleading each word in songs like “Desperate Hands” and “Miserable Without You.” Always a trademark of Gorbel, his voice was perfection in every imperfection and every wavering note last week at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. “Miserable Without You” was a great rendition of his song from his recent EP Bruises From Your Bad Dreams named from a line in the song. I liked Abby’s voice and her violin skills were fantastic.
Gorbel seems to be in constant apology with lyrics pegging him the victim and the villain in alternating songs. However, it’s his puppy dog eyes and sweet vocals that make you forgive him every time, connecting you to him and begging him for more.
Listen to “Miserable Without You” featuring Nicole Atkins:
If you haven’t gotten “Bruises From Your Bad Dreams” yet, it’s worth far more than the $5 it’ll cost you on iTunes.