How much are we to blame? Let Shilpa Ray put this question into musical form with tart lyrical observations (“we never thanked her after we gang-banged her”) and trademark harmonium (accompanied quite nicely here by a pedal steel guitar).
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“O Sweet Joe Pye” may have little company in the field of songs that are odes to weeds, but this makes the tune all the more stunning. Artists continue to use Motown motifs to varying effects, but its employment here gives the song additional layers. The good-natured, invigorating feel of the music gives Pascal’s memories of growing up in a decaying Detroit a sugar-coating that’s wholly satisfying if a little addictive.
I’ve listened to “O Sweet Joe Pye” three times today, and could easily go for three more this afternoon.
No, that doesn’t mean they sound like Yaz. Easy Lover‘s sound can be both far sparer and more orchestral in a single song. Multi-instrumentalist Wimmer explains” “We learned that in a duo, you have learn how to construct a song so that the music can feel like it has weight and depth. It took awhile, but with Kali’s huge vocals and some experimenting with composition, we ultimately found it.” Dig in an enjoy the band’s new EP releasing next week and here’s hoping a full-length won’t be far behind.
“Heresy Baby” is loaded with hooks and heart, while the intrumentation rises to orchestral pop levels and the lyrics feel as right and natural as drinking lemonade in the summertime. Paul Conrad is a songwriter to watch with a very bright future ahead of him. He grew up listening to Roy Orbison and you can hear that in his soaring and sincere vocals.