Mirah, Steven A. Clark, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones
With family visits and holidays out of the way we’re back to a regularly scheduled post. Musical offerings ran the gamut this week with well-seasoned veterans like Paul McCartney and Paul Simon mingling amidst lesser-seasoned (but still quite talented) artists like:
Eric Bachmann, Seinabo Sey, Shannen Moser, Kandace Spring, and Estelle. They’re all worth a listen.
Understanding answers the question, What if Emily Haines performed with Bon Iver? Musically, Mirah‘s style reminds me of Bon Iver albums before Justin Vernon developed his love affair with auto-tune. It’s the drum mix combined with the occasional bleeps and blorps. She also adds in clean acoustic songs complete with fingers-on-strings screeches with fuzzy guitar. Vocally, she’s Emily Haines’ doppleganger. These are all good things in my book.
Steven A. Clark: Where Neon Goes to Die
Before today, here’s what I knew about Steven A. Clark: [ ]
Today I can tell you he’s an R&B/Soul singer who was born in Little Rock, AR and is based in Miami, FL. (Thanks Wikipedia) Where Neon Goes to Die is his fourth album. As the cover art’s pastel color palette suggests, this album is a throwback to late 80s/early 90s R&B albums. The track On and On features clean guitars, a drum machine, what sounds like a fretless bass, and a keyboard riff that sounds eerily similar to Steve Porcaro’s (Toto) work on Africa.
On a completely unrelated note… it makes me giggle that he’s signed to Secretly Canadian. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with that company, the name just makes me laugh to myself.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Young Sick Camellia
Since we’re already headed down the throwback trail, we might as well go all the way with St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Old school soul complete with a horn section? Yep! Funk with some disco strings? You know it! Young Sick Camellia has that and more. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, you might mistake this album for one of your parents’ Otis Redding records. Or maybe you’d think CeeLo Green had a new album out. As friend, K, points out, I didn’t expect these vocals coming from lead singer Paul Janeway. Listen to the album, Google him or the band, and tell me that’s what you expected.