Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quick hitters:: Claire Jenkins Avec Band

Claire Jenkins, from all accounts, is a performer that blossoms in front of an audience. Being that her shows are all played tucked in the back of Supermarket, I wouldn't know, but this picture kind of says it all. Homemade pirate hat, boxing gloves and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

But I want to talk about her music, not her charismatic, charming stage presence. Normally, records created with a nautical-enthused former theatre are a messy collection of ideas and over thought, too clever for their own good songs. For example, when I heard the record would feature a French version of a terrific Waits /Brennen song I shuttered.

Honestly, my preconceptions couldn't be farther from the truth for Claire. The songs are quirky, but instantly catchy and appealing, and I was shocked by how easy it was to embrace the songs from Crow's Nest/Nid de Pie. The project is cohesive, in large part to the way they recorded it (in sequence, no over dubs). The record breathes, as if it's alive - the interesting sounds they add in the distance really work - and the combination of strings, drums and piano and guitar fit together like puzzle pieces.

I don't want to go on too much, because this record deserves to be heard in full (and deserves a full review), but I'll point you to the free track Zunior is offering up. If you don't start smiling and swaying along to this plunky percussed folk track... well, you probably hate parties, sunshine and life in general.
[MP3]:: Harold Coco

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Posted at 9:21 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Nice vocals on this track..


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