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We Are Augustines

‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’ is het debuutalbum van deze band uit Brooklyn. Hier en daar wat invloeden van Arcade Fire en The Gaslight Anthem. In eerste instantie klinken de nummers euforisch, bombastisch en heerlijk maar als je het album vaker luistert ontdek je de diepte en de verhalen die in de songs zitten. Zanger Billy McCarthy zingt met gekwelde, maar zeker niet onaangename, stem het album vol liedjes over reizen, lief, leed en alcohol.

We Are Augustines is a musical diary from the dark, difficult days of frontman Billy McCarthy. Much of it is a response and reaction to his relationship with his late brother, a diagnosed schizophrenic who, after spending four years in solitary confinement at a prison, hanged himself while admitted to a psych hospital. Not only that, but, years before, when McCarthy was 19, his mother – who also suffered from schizophrenia – committed suicide through an overdose of painkillers and cocaine. (BBC.co.uk/music/reviews)

Het album is nu te beluisteren op de 3voor12 Luisterpaal

http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums/Augustines.html

Andrew Bird

Woordkunstenaar en bespeler van viool en gevoel. Elke keer weer weet hij te betoveren en deze keer is het hem weer gelukt. Ook op dit album vinden we weer de doordringende viool die op alle manieren wordt benut. Zijn nieuwe album Break It Yourself is door Bird zelf opgenomen in zijn schuur vlak buiten Chicago.

“I fixed up this old barn about ten years ago with the intention of bringing a band out there and recording – which I did attempt to do with Mysterious Production of Eggs but I ended up making a whole record and then scrapping it. I think it was just too much pressure, you know? Write all the songs, then perform them and produce them – then add to that, build the building that your making it in – I just kind of crumbled…. [it became] a place to isolate myself, get some solitude and write, mess around with the looping stuff, and kind of just develop a new way of making music. In that sense it was hugely successful, but I could never seem to make a record there.” (Bron: drownedinsound.com)

Het album is nu ook te streamen en volgende week is de officiële release.

http://drownedinsound.com/news/4144557-album-stream–andrew-bird-break-it-yourself