Music reviews, insights, personal opinions, and errata.
Canadian Pop Songstress Cœur de pirate "Roses" from 2015
So someone I follow on bandcamp bought a copy of "Trauma" which came up on my feed which led me to sample and become enraptured of Coeur de pirate. I prefer making physical album purchases when possible so I ordered the Roses album on vinyl. Truth be told I wanted her s/t album but could not find a source for a reasonable price (time for a repressing).
Her catalog is rather diverse in mood and genre. This record is probably the most pop oriented, but is still complex and intriguing.
Once more into the bandcamp cornucopia of musical fantasy...and I discovered this post-punk marvel. Hailing from Portland, Oregon according to bandcamp,but from San Luis Obispo, CA according to facebook - their first release, An Open Door, came out in 2011. This is their third album, but it is a rather short album, less than 30 minutes. Those thirty minutes, however, are superb. They said they would be reissuing their catalog this Fall, but I have not seen this to be happening yet. Keep up with them in facebook. Firmly planted in the post-punk genre, Soft Kill carries on where bands like Interpol, She Wants Revenge, Glorious Din, and others either gave up or phased out. Soft Kill manages to sound new, fresh, and important while staying true to their chosen sound. So many, like Interpol and She Wants Revenge, couldn't grow within the framework of their genre and started pulling from other styles. I am impressed that this lot seem secure in their sound and aren't jerki…
Occasionally I think there just isn't any way that an artist this prolific could produce consistently good music, Once again I am proved, at least in Mike Anderson's case, this is not true. Somehow his creative stores are seemingly vast and still rich with ideas and concepts.
I'll just say, first and foremost, this is going to be hard to beat out for my favorite record of 2017. It is simply amazing. I had to check it out because of Gavin Friday's involvement, but it didn't take but a few seconds of sampling the first song to convince me to preorder this. I was a wee bit anxious after hearing that only half the songs had vocals since I was motivated to buy this for Gavin Friday's involvement. After several listens though I confess I don't really think of the songs as being with or without lyrics, at least not lyrics with words. The songs without words seem just as lyrical as those with words. I am now sure I will be buying the next Atonalism record with or without Gavin Friday.