Helmed by singer-songwriter Gryphon Rue, El Tryptophan’s quirky new indie folk album Guilt Vacation features among its 20 guest contributors Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta), Will Epstein (High Water, Nicolas Jaar, Dave Harrington), and Odetta Bess Hartman. Needless to say it’s an eclectic collection, combining abstract orchestral pop and straight-up indie pop, conjuring visions of the Magnetic Fields at times.
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Led by singer-songwriter Mariachiara Terragin and producer/multi-instrumentalist Maxime Obadia, London/Paris-based band Indigo Face will be releasing their new EP At the Gate on 4 December. Specializing in modern art pop, the gracefully blend multiple sounds such as synthpop, electronic, and R&B to create a sumptuous and sensual hybrid, which you will see and hear in their new video for the title track.
Comprised of bassist/singer Anna Disley-Simpson and programmer/singer Jamie Minns. English band L.U.N.A.R. combine indie pop and tropicalia, and as you can hear on their new single “In the Forest” the mix makes for a brighter, more vibrant sound than the current wave of contemporary synthpop.
Anderson East has had a very successful 2015. He began the year on a stretch of dates opening up for Sturgill Simpson, released a new album Delilah and took it on tour, opened for Brandi Carlile in the summer and then took the road with the Lone Bellow in the fall. The Nashville based singer has been lumped into the “country” music genre but he’s more than that. East possess a fiery, soulful Americana sound that really packs a wallop when he pushes his vocal chords to their limits.
At Webster Hall, the last stop with the Lone Bellow, East and his comrades were in fine form even as the crowd seemed more sparse than it should at a sold out show. This was the evening of the attacks in Paris after all and people may have felt more conscious about going out to a show. But hardcore fans made their pilgrimage—from the photo pit, I could see at least one person submit to their fervor for East, throwing her head back and dancing wildly. She will probably be leading a batch of new converts to one of the headlining shows on East’s winter tour.
Now on demand from Warner Archive are two chances to evaluate John Barrymore, once hailed as a great actor if sometimes a problematic professional. He was called “the Great Profile” for his acquiline proboscis, and continually posed himself in a manner to not let the audience forget it.
In the pre-code drama The Mad Genius, Barrymore’s style is what today looks like high camp as he stumps around the space, raising his caped shoulders and snarling with a single raised eyebrow. It’s a type of “great acting” that hasn’t worn well (except that it looks fun). This vehicle directly followed Svengali and exploits similar themes of an overbearing impressario who controls every aspect of his apprentice’s artistic and sexual life. In the previous film, he mentored a female singer. In The Mad Genius, it’s a male dancer, now allowing a displaced bisexual triangle in which he encourages the boy to sleep around and tell him the details.
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