Bob has been writing and performing under the moniker Bob Villain for some time now; and while I have yet to see him play live from what I’ve been told it’s truly a sight to be seen as he apparently shredded it up nicely at the Velvet Lounge in DC some time ago. This release was put out on the Seven1878 Imprint label based in Strasburg, VA. His singer/songwriter style evokes visions of one of his main influences in Evan Dando (Lemonheads) but on “Dark Side of the Room” he reaches out for a more experimental and abstract path. Often his lyrics evoke a range of emotions but always convey a certain raw quality which so many of the slickly produced pop sensation crap lacks in earnest. The recording quality is definitely above the standard bearers one expects from the apartment / basement scenes which is a great change of pace. His voice traverses from an edgy howl to a gruff melodic style throughout the album. He adds elements of harmonica to his rhythm guitar. What’s perhaps most compelling is that unlike so many singer/songwriters who pepper their album with a handful of punts, all of the songs on this quick listen are tight, well-written, and seem rather like a natural fit for his style – nothing’s forced at all. The honest approach is evident throughout and the album also features a collaboration with labelmate Christopher Feltner. Well done and I’m looking forward to a live show and a follow-up. Hit him up on his facebook and peep his bandcamp now.
Posts tagged indie folk
Joyous indie pop by The Seedy Seeds that is mixtape quality – you must share songs like “Winter 04” and the title track, you simply must – The Seedy Seeds boast a fantastically clever songwriting crew that knows that sometimes less is more. “Count the Days” isn’t an extraordinary engineering effort, but it seamlessly fits a myriad of moods, perfectly capturing emotions and thought with efficiency and effectiveness. Jangly pop nuances percolate throughout the album and did I mention that the songwriting is absolutely astounding? Loops of electronica and samples add a subtle urban flavor to the female vocals and Rustbelt rootsy indie folk backdrop. Close your eyes for a minute and you can easily see how comparisons to Mates of State could be made. Truly impressive and one that you will adoringly share with your favorite music geeks to impress them and show what kind of wicked cool music knowledge skills you truly have…
By the way, it’s totally rad that The Seedy Seeds allow you to stream the entire album on Bandcamp!
Simon Joyner’s twelfth record, “Out into the Snow” is a Bob Dylan-esque nod to Americana, alt-country, and indie pop. His vocals scream of Dylan’s influence so much that one would think that he lend his pipes to the record. Like his predecessor, Bright Eyes, Joyner journeys into the more pop regions of the world. Except his vocals are so goddamn awful that it makes listening to the album as enjoyable as a good fingernails-to-chalkboard event amplified through a loud PA system.