Orion Rigel Dommisse: What I Want From You Is Sweet (Language of Stone)
Rising from the smoke of burning houses and dust of disassembled bones, Dommisse's quirkily effervescent debut unfolds like a fable. Everything about it, from the unique instrumentation - Wurlitzer electric piano, vibraphone, omnichord and electric cello form the core – to the the woodcut cover drawing of goats gathered around a well outside a lopsided trailer in the woods speaks of otherness and strange distance. And there's Dommisse's quivering, liquid voice moving like water on uneven ground, filling crevices and falling with natural gravity. Released on a new label run by Greg Weeks (Espers) and Jessica Weeks (Woodwose), What I Want From You Is Sweet takes devastation and decay and mushrooms earthy, fragrant life from it. Dommisse's landscape is wholly unique and as auspicious a start as Kate Bush's The Kick Inside or Laurie Anderson's Big Science (DC)
Scarecrow Collection: Radio Frequency Disaster (Harmonized)
New Jersey-based Scarecrow Collection is a relatively new band on the roots rock scene. Its most recent recording, Radio Frequency Disaster, blends catchy, hook laden musical melodies with introspective, heartfelt lyrics. The album's 11 cuts cover a broad range of emotional territory. Opening with a distorted blast of feedback that melds into sullen acoustic guitar, "I Won’t Leave You There" is a chilling take on waiting for answers with subtle political overtones. "All The Things" is an elegant piano ballad that also features wailing electric guitar. "Bottle" is a reflective tale of being away from a loved one with Gerald Fee's solemn vocals drenched in thick swells of Hammond organ and lush acoustics. The band has been widening its touring base beyond the Northeast and with this fine recording the future certainly looks bright. (BC)
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