February 25, 2010
New Albums: Joanna Newsom and Rocket Summer
Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
This is the week for indie folk and rock, I guess.
Joanna Newsom has a nice voice; it is very relaxing and enjoyable to listen to. She has taken an interesting approach with Have One on Me—if you by the mp3 album, it won’t matter, but she has produced her album on three separate discs, each containing six songs.
Have One on Me was recorded by Newsom in Tokyo in 2009. It is soft-spoken and screams “indie.” For example, I was excited to see that there is a song called “In California” on her album. Normally, one might think of bright, fast, happy music (even if the lyrics aren’t so nice…think Rufus Wainwright). Newsom, however, decided to write a slow, solemn piece. Oh well, it’s still nice!
Check out Have One on Me for a relaxing evening! Oh and P.S. she is Andy Samberg’s girlfriend.
Rocket Summer – Of Men and Angels
So I decided to listen to/review Rocket Summer’s new album because the story reminded me a lot of that of Owl City. This 27-year old guy is based out of the Dallas area, and somewhere in his young life he chose to start a solo indie rock band. You didn’t misread—he is entire band all by himself (just like Adam Young of Owl City).
But, instead of using computers and keyboards to create synthesizer sounds and techno-pop, Stephen Avery of Rocket Summer does everything that five or six members of a rock band should do individually: vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion. Wow. I wish I could play one instrument really well.
Alas that is the reason why I like this kid so much. He does everything, and he actually does it really well! I like Of Men and Angels. He has a decent voice (my favorite is “Hey!”), he combines a lot of music genres well, and he writes his own stuff. As you know, that innovation takes a lot of talent and always impresses me.
I recommend Of Men and Angels if you enjoy rock/indie/punk/pop music. Seriously! If not…then…well…don’t get it.
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am