Wednesday 23 Apr
CD reviews

IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

SXSW: Talking to Turtles / Mother Falcon

Twee, romantic indie-folk and orchestral majesty

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

After a break to rest those tired feet and catch up on writing, we stepped into Bethell Hall in St. David's Episcopal Church to watch Talking to Turtles and Mother Falcon.

German twee-pop duo Talking to Turtles performed charming tunes that relied heavily on hummable melodies, romantic lyrics and twinkling arrangements. The eclectic array of unusual instruments and configurations ensured that the set was full of surprises. The resonant hall elevated the strength of these tunes, much to the audience's delight. After a full day of rock'n'roll, it was a wonderful surprise to be treated to some delicate, considerate tunes. The male singer often took lead, but the female singer sung true counterpoint instead of simple harmony; it was just as interesting to listen to her vocal lines as it was his. I thoroughly plan on finding some of their music when I get home from SXSW; the melodies and lyrics were moving and memorable.

One member of Mother Falcon joked that the band was probably as tired as we were at their 1 a.m. set, as it was the fourth performance of the day for them. Despite the herculean effort required to get 18 people to four different places on time in the same day, they showed no signs of fatigue while performing a majestic set. The resonance of the hall only added to the towering quality of their songs; it truly sounded like an orchestra performing instead of a folk band with orchestral arrangements. They played four or five songs that they weren't able to fit into the previous set of theirs that I saw, and I was thoroughly glad I saw them a second time because of that. I will echo my previous recommendation: if you like strings or horns in your music, you need to know Mother Falcon. It was a beautiful way to end the very long day.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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