Question: What’s stranger than a brass band recording what seems to be a square dancing album for Greek weddings? Answer: A Russian brass band who creates jazzy toe-tapping swing dance […]
Once you listen to this music, you get drawn into the dream. Especially if you’re a musician. And just as in Inception, you’re never really sure whether you want to […]
A cross between the witty prose of Suzanne Vega and the young poppy angst of Avril Lavigne, Weiss is shiny and buoyant, even in her lovelorn pain. You can tell she’s thoroughly enjoying herself onstage, performing her music and conversing with her audience intimately. She performs the entire set on acoustic guitar, making this sound more like a jam session on your back porch after dinner than an actual album.
The Wave Pictures sounds like they belong on the soundtrack to “High Fidelity.” They have that anachronistic tenderness last seen in late ’60s folk songs or ’80s UK new romantic bands like The Smiths and The Waterboys. The proof? They mix strummed acoustic guitars, fiddles, pop saxophones, Beatles-esque backup vocals and melodies that borrow from folk songs.
Soundling vocally like a younger Paula Cole or Vanessa Carlton, Zettler comes across as a somber, mature folk artist. When she lets loose on tracks like “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” (a cover of a Bob Dylan tune) and “Over My Head,” her midwestern drawl begins to show its teeth, and her bittersweet lyrics and melodies grab your throat.