Monday, September 25, 2023 
--archival-captured-cinematronic-continuity error-daily report-datastream-depth of field--
--drama-44.1 khz-gramophone-inquisitive-needle drops-picture book-twinklepop--
Neumu = Art + Music + Words
Search Neumu:  

44.1kHz = music reviews

edited by michael goldbergcontact

Editor's note: We have activated the Neumu 44.1 kHz Archive. Use the link at the bottom of this list to access hundreds of Neumu reviews.

+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

44.1 kHz Archive

peruse archival
Whatever Happened To Your Loving Heart

Phil is kind of a strange name for a country singer, not really on the same continuum with Lyle and Waylon and Hank, suggesting instead a little more eccentricity and urban irony than your typical red-state crooner. And, in fact, these nine songs from Akron/Family colleague Phil Weinrobe occupy country space mostly as a jumping-off point. These soft, low-key country tunes erupt into experimental chaos; stringed instruments swing from rich, vibrato tones to crazily vertiginous slides and squeaks, and lyrics wander absent-mindedly away from well-established themes into odd back alleys and metaphors. "Sucker" for instance, starts the album in world-weary style, a strummed acoustic, a twanging pedal steel, underlying Weinrobe's gently breathed lyrics. Yet mid-track, there's a crazed string breakdown, all squeak and spiraling drone as fingers slide up and down the high strings in chaotic frenzy. It's a sound that instantly breaks the songs in half, not just here but in the otherwise traditional "Backdoor." These breaks don't alter the fact that Phil's songs are deeply felt, achingly simple, lovingly polished country tracks, but they add an intriguing discord to the package... everything after you hear them seems a little weirder, a little less constrained by form than what came before them.

All four members of Akron/Family make appearances on this skewed country album, with guitarist/singer Ryan Vanderhoof co-producing the CD and co-writing the string-embellished, glockenspiel-accented "Bourbon Love," Dana Janssen playing drums and Seth Olinsky contributing the wild guitar breakdown in the middle of "Joke's on Me." Yet, despite similarities — the willingness to intercut traditional songwriting with unusual sounds, the warm harmonies — Whatever Happened to Your Loving Heart is a whole different experience from either Akron/Family album.

The music's center is in Phil's singing and lyrics, subtly enhanced but never secondary to instrumental accompaniment. He has a wonderfully warm, frayed and tattered voice, crinkled like old jeans, worn soft in spots with disappointment and weariness, but instantly comfortable and familiar. The lyrics, too, are direct, simple and endearingly eccentric, shot through with longing and regret. The verse to "Backdoor" evokes the singer's emptiness when his ex returns, the closed-off-ness of small towns and the unacknowledged loneliness that so many people feel but can't express in elemental one- and two-syllable words. For example, "If you come around/ Back to this old ghost town/ With 10,000 things on your mind/ Take off your boots/ Leave them in the hall/ Some things are better left behind/ And the back door's for leaving so nobody knows/ The front door's for making ordinary life into a show."

Around Phil's voice, a web of traditional country sounds is spun, with melancholy pedal steel and nostalgic bursts of strings. There are stately acoustic-guitar-strummed rhythms and straight-up snare-beated drums, and ethereally pretty harmonies. There's a giant, barroom chorus at the end of "The Happy Song" that might remind you of Akron/Family's "Awake." And then, every so often, there's something weirder, something that doesn't quite fit into the Neil Young-to-Byrds continuum, that hints at forms broken and clichés turned inside out — and that is, finally, what makes this album so interesting.

by Jennifer Kelly

-snippetcontactsnippetcontributorssnippetvisionsnippethelpsnippetcopyrightsnippetlegalsnippetterms of usesnippetThis site is Copyright © 2003 Insider One LLC