Monday, October 28, 2013

Three for Free - An October Version

     The plot of the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" involved using pods to grow aliens to be indistinguishable from humans, so that each pod-grown alien could take the place of its duplicated human. Two people in the San Francisco Bay Area discovered the alien takeover.
     Well, we have a suggestion for a 2013 version, and there is enough evidence to make this version credible. According to our version, two bloggers from the San Francisco Bay Area discover that pods are used in Portland to grow skilled musicians, who then take the place of the Portland citizenry having only normal musical ability. This would explain the quantity of high quality music emerging from a city of about 600,000, or even a metropolitan area of only about 2,280,000. There can’t be any other explanation, right?
     Our latest music discovery from Portland is The Cabin Project. The three members are Katie Sawicki, Adam Sweeney, and Zanny Geffel (pictured above). Their self-description seems appropriate, so we will paste it.
 The Cabin Project is an orchestral indie pop band from the Portland whose sound stems from anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, loop pedals, and string sections. The songs are musically expansive, yet retain an intimacy similar to that of The National, Bon Iver, Feist, and Mates of State.
     “The Lining” is being offered as a free download (at least for a while). Features to enjoy include the energy swells, the use of horns and percussion, and the harmony.

     If there is a better fusion of an acoustic guitar with shoegaze guitar, we haven’t heard it. Hey, then throw in a cello and we are intrigued. Cancellieri is from Columbia, South Carolina. Technically, Ryan Hutchens is Cancellieri, but he is helped by Patrick O’Neill (cello) and Alex McCollum (electric guitar). So, in the song “Storyteller, it’s Hutchens who provides the vocals and the acoustic guitar during the first two minutes of the song and it’s McCollum who shoegazes his way in after the 2:06 mark. And in “Tribal Glory,” that is O’Neill on the cello.

     “Storyteller” by Cancellieri - available as a free download (at least today)

     “Tribal Glory” by Cancellieri - a bonus with this "Three for Free" post

     If a band has a connection to Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit, Indie Obsessive is interested. Edinburgh-based Dante has worked with Andy Monghan (guitarist of Frightened Rabbit) for a couple of years in the release of its debut album. The members are Seán McLaughlin, Stephen Thom, Vicky Gray, Ruaridh Kidd, and Stuart Hosking.
     "No Original Art" by Dante - available as a free download

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