Otis Taylor earned acclaim in 2001 when his White African release got picked up for national distribution, but this previous disc could just as easily have been the one to bring him into the spotlight: It was every bit as deep, ambitious, and listenable as White African. Listening to the independently issued When Negroes Walked the Earth reveals that Taylor was already one of the most fully developed voices in contemporary blues — an artist in the true sense of the word, intent on crafting his ideas into sharply realized songs and then into a full-fledged album. Everything seems purposeful; the skeletal arrangements lend emotional resonance to chilling songs like “500 Roses” and “12 String Mile,” and the remarkable variety in Taylor’s droning, single-chord structures rivals even that of John Lee Hooker. And lest anyone wonder whether a drumless trio can keep a groove, hearing album highlight “Cold at Midnight,” driven to the brink of oblivion by bassist Kenny Passarelli’s heartbeat pulse, should put all fears to rest. Taylor would return to many of the same lyrical themes later in his career — references to violence, death, and the paradoxes of African-American history are frequent — but When Negroes Walked the Earth covered these topics just as powerfully as his subsequent, more widely distributed work.
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The Marble Vanity’s S/T sounds like it could have been financed in ’68 by a French playboy who made millions of Francs in the pharmaceutical industry before retiring to a lysergic life of record mogul-dom and marching with Situationists in the streets. Lisa and Bill Roe (Cococoma, proprietors of Trouble In Mind Records) and Andrew Anderson (The Hipshakes (UK)) split time between guitar, bass, drums and vocals, while Emma Hospelhorn (Hollows) adds flute, piano & harpsichord to this flowery potion. The end result is a suite of songs with pop-craftsmanship, garage-energy, sweet harmonies, and the sunny psychedelia of the Village Green being channeled though the Minders and Olivia Tremor Control – all while retaining a thump and groove all its own.
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Great Lake Swimmers return with a warm second album, Bodies and Minds, filled with songs of heartbreak, rural nostalgia, and the search for spiritual transcendence. The album picks up where Great Lake Swimmers’ critically-acclaimed 2003 debut left off, featuring gentle, thoughtful compositions and understated instrumentation, while also moving fluidly into alt-country pop territory with sweet […]
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Mallonee’s wounded tenor reinforces the sense of personality and fixed perspective on Amber Waves, as though he’s trying to record America as he sees it—one venue at a time, with too many miles of highway in between: “I couldn’t find my name on your guest list once again,” he sings on “Break in the Clouds,” […]