RAYS VAST BASEMENT
Apparently, Starvation Under Orange Trees is the third album from Rayâ€™s Vast Basement, but itâ€™s the first Iâ€™ve heard of them. Itâ€™s quite unique (to use a very redundant phrase I canâ€™t stand and hate and loathe). I wanna say itâ€™s Americana, but itâ€™s more than that. I wanna say itâ€™s prog-folk, but I canâ€™t stand that moniker. So Iâ€™ll say itâ€™s rootsy and earthy, loose and genuine. Songs range from slow ballads to bluegrassy jigs, and everything in between.
The uneven album doesnâ€™t always grab me, but every time I think I think, â€œNah, I wonâ€™t review it,â€ the next track hits me in the gut and I think, â€œWow! Why doesnâ€™t anyone make music like this anymore! Iâ€™ve got to review this!â€ Supposedly, the album is inspired by John Steinbeckâ€™s novels, but Iâ€™m not literary enough to catch all the references. I just know that Iâ€™ve never heard anything like this before, so Iâ€™m recommending it to you.
For a good idea of the â€œsoundâ€ on the record, just take a look at the list of folks who worked on it: Nate Query (The Decemberists); Enzo Garcia (Jolie Holland); Larry Crane (TapeOp/Jackpot!); Michael Zapruder (Michael Zapruderâ€™s Rain of Frogs); Tim Cohen (Black Fiction).
For fans of: The Ghost of Tom Joad, Tom Waits, Ray LaMontagne. Release date: July 3, 2007.
These links were sent to us. Art Brut has released the demos for its upcoming album. Check ’em out.