You know we’re going to back up our friends in Tres Oui, especially since I’m completely in love with the album. We’ve already shared tracks “Seance” and “Red Wine and Dry Ice,” which have gone over well with the masses, but there’s even more to be served up on Poised to Flourish. A few months ago, I was talking to Nate from the band about my favorite track; I told him it was “Song 4 U,” but have since changed to “Shy.” You see, that’s the great thing about this LP; there really isn’t a single bad song on it. Grab it from Shrimper on Friday.
You’ve got to be impressed by the mere existence of Refrigerator, a band still making incredibly powerful music several decades into their career. Their ready to release their new album High Desert Lows, their 11th LP, and if you’re not struck by this tune, then perhaps your speakers need a quick fix. What’s important are the finer details that make the song great, such as the careful use of string accompaniment or the careful chords ringing out just behind the delivery of the vocals. It’s strange, as the track seems so minimal, yet so overly powerful at the same time…a feat few can accomplish, or so I think. Look for the new LP to drop via Shrimper on February 9th.
Our friends in Tres Oui (remember when we put out their EP this year) are moving up the label chain, landing over on Shrimper for the release of their debut LP, Poised to Flourish. Today the band dropped the first single, which is one of the liver favorites for me. Tight drumming opens way for the angling guitar lines and Nate’s warm vocals to calmly ride the wave created by guitarist Stevsie Garcia. Bouncing grooves, infectious hooks and enough energy to keep your feet tapping throughout. Look for the LP on February 9th of next year.
It’s that silly time of year when we ascribe arbitrary rankings to the music created by our favorite artists. And, I’ve already seen a few lists from the likes of Paste or Rolling Stone (among others) that I find completely off the mark. Now, our ATH End of Year list will be a team effort, so here is a list of records I adored that probably won’t end up on too many other “Best of Lists,” though I think they should! Again, no particular order, just ten albums you should enjoy. …that you might have forgotten about.
Twenty something years into their career, and Refrigerator still have the knack for writing moving songs. Today we have this somber number built upon the back of a wurlitzer and light guitar strums. It’s the vocals that strike the most emotional appeal, almost like a softened Cohen sitting down at the piano. Accents from slide guitar build beautiful texture that leaves a lasting impact for listeners with careful ears. High Desert Lows will be released by Shrimper on February 9th of next year.