Love Or Inertia – Amy Raasch (Independent Release)
This is a love letter to the lost, and a shy note to the soon to be found. Are the dreams of those left behind stronger than the realities of the empty spaces?
How do we cope with abandonment, how do we survive the silence, where there was once enough laughter and noise to fill our most scared moments.
Do we follow a ‘wild blueprint’ (as Raasch herself puts it) and try block out the creeping thoughts of isolation, do we smash into trees to get a super hero to save us, or dive deep into steamy seduction and let sweat and touch confuse us.
Or do we write brittle beautiful songs and confront the shadows?
Raasch has an actors focus on the tiny movements of the soul, and enough belief in the hope that shines out every new dawn, to create songs of truth and regret and ultimately salvation.
No pity here, either for herself or the wounded heroes and heroines in her seductively sung stories, but so much compassion and understanding.
Find out more and buy this CD here.
She Sells Smiles EP – Gee Davey (Gee Davey Productions)
In the title track to ‘Stay Positive’ by the Hold Steady, the lyrics go, ‘’When the Youth Of Today and the early 7 Seconds/Taught me some of life’s most valuable lessons’’.
Now you may ask, why quote another bands new release while reviewing the Gee Davey EP.. well its all bout how Gee Davey fuses the fairly distant past (classic rock like the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad) into the recent more alternative past (Husker Du, Screaming Trees) and by having learnt all those ‘valuable lessons’ about melody, roughness and hints of vulnerability, creating a set of songs that live and breathe in the now and connect to hardcore and pop fans alike.
In this EP there is all the thrill of the best of the 70s rock classics without any of the stupidity and over indulgence that era flirted with, and there is the danger and wicked grins of the noise of the 80s, without the awful flipside of over produced safe metal pop.
There is a love of grunge but a wonderful ability to kick away the narcissism that riddled that genre, and an earthiness that kicks the contrived clean myspace models..I mean bands , where it hurts most.
Get this EP and earlier releases by this great band here
Catch tunes from both of these releases on this week’s podcast