Folk Matt Carney
Just when I was about to write off the debut LP from Australian
lady-singer collective Seeker Lover Keeper as a collection of overly
subdued, wannabe Feist mishy-mash, a shocking and attention-grabbing
drum machine hooked me back in on the sixth track, “Rely on Me,” midway
through the album.
Lots of locals in this week’s edition of cost-nothing listening, including Two Suns, Dr. Pants and O Fidelis.
O Fidelis — “Mad World” Normally, married Okie folkers’ songs occupy the opposite side of the emotional spectrum as this 1982 Tears for Fears track (which you might recall that Gary Jules covered for the cult film “Donnie Darko”), but this cover suits them quite nicely, I think.
Dr. Pants — “Calling Chewbacca”
Don’t neglect to read the story behind this one. It’s a doozy.
Two Suns — “Not the End” and “Nostalgic” “Dream Familiar,” the debut LP from Jake Davidson’s Norman recording project Two Suns, is now up to five tracks available for listening in his ongoing-release model. Check ’em out, as well as our review of the entire record.
Larry Chin — “Days and Nights” While not a new song, this dreamy, drippy guitar track from Kyle Mayfield (né Larry Chin) is now available for free download, with the message that he’s working on a new EP. Gives a new meaning to the phrase “chin music.” Anyway, this one gives a local lease on the excellent major indie band Real Estate.
Jack White — “Love Interruption” Let’s just say I liked Jack White better when he sported red and white and distorted blues guitar. This clarinet-blue-shaving-thing just isn’t working out for me.
Dr. Dog — “Be the Void” OKSee’s groovier, hippie tendencies got really excited last week when we found out Delo Creative shot the video for the first single on this record. With the whole album now available to hear, we’re happier than a dog off his leash.
Air— “Le Voyage Dans La” This first track “Astronomic Club” goes from sounding like My Morning Jacket’s weird single “Holding On to Black Metal” into some kind of oddball spaghetti Western twang. Welcome back, Air.
Fucked Up — “Zodiac” A couple of rare tracks from Canadian hardcore sextet about the Chinese zodiac. Nifty.
New Pornographers leader A.C. Newman covers a Leonard Cohen classic.
With the bevy of on-the-go, takeaway-style performances these days, it’s sometimes really refreshing to hear great musicians play in an actual recording studio. As opposed to, you know, a dirty bathroom, a tree, or a brand-new Chevy Sonic outfitted with pneumatic arms. Not that these locations are inherently bad, it’s just that too much of trying to find a funky place to play sometimes distracts from the pure, simple goodness of a richly written song.
“Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” is such a song, and it gets a terrific treatment with a some beautiful cinematic video to match its rich traditional arrangement. A.C. Newman’s anecdote is pretty poignant, too.
Leonard Cohen’s latest album, “Old Ideas,” is out now.
Support two good causes in one night: local music and human trafficking awareness.
Much-loved Okie folkers O Fidelis are celebrating a proper release party for their 3-year-old debut EP on Friday night, but you’d be wrong to call it a cash grab.
The show (which will be supported by fun-pop dude Denver Duncan and Altus melody-punkers The Typist) is a benefit for a pair of charities. Half of the proceeds it generates will go to Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans and the Carina Saunders Fund.
From O Fidelis’ Brian Gililland: “The EP release portion is not nearly as important to us, frankly.”
So hop in and support a good cause that’s supported by good musicians! Grab tickets via Eventbrite and consider a donation to the Carina Saunders Fund at oathcoalition.org.
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
It should be fun to see all eight members of River City Extension and
their instruments fit onto the stage of The Conservatory, 8911 N.
Western, when the high-energy folk ensemble plays 6:30 p.m. Sunday.