Redfield Clipper – Living Room
If you’ve ever felt inclined to join a writing class, one of the first things the teacher is most likely going to tell you is that, like Ernest Hemingway, you should write about what you know. That sounds fine and dandy, but what exactly do most people know?
Well, not everyone has memories of the war, fly-fishing in Cuba, or watching the corridas in Spain. For the most part, those in attendance will come up with stories about their dry cleaning, the nagging families, or going to the beach. However, there’s always one person, who’ll dig deep, maybe too much so, and will regale those in the audience with a most macabre kind of story.
In music form, that person could be the songwriter behind Redfield Clipper. On Living Room, the artist recalls the first moment he was confronted with the notion of mortality and goes on describing the scenery, as well as his own feelings in detail. The song itself is divided into several music motifs, beginning with a folkie whimper and ending on an almost prog-rock boom. It’s a beautiful and most uncomfortable of listens like most great sounds tend to be.
Holy Ship – Rabbit Hole
Intimidation! That’s one of the keys to success when it comes to rock n’ roll, and all too often, bands ignore it. Now, I’ve studied the process, and I can attest to this. The Velvet Underground, together with their successors the Jesus and Mary, the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, and the lot, do it very well. Not just that, but they do it all the time.
You see, being a cool band that dresses in leather jackets and wear their dark shades at night requires the same kind of commitment as that of being a shock rocker. There are no off days, and on occasion for goofy unplugged sessions wearing Hawaiian shirts and singing the hits.
Holy Ship understand this very well and keep in part all throughout the thunderous, fuzzed-out Rabbit Hole. It’s the sound of modern psychedelia, undefined yet filled with violence. It takes a certain amount of drive to fill these shoes, and Holy Ship are quick to provide this.