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David Olney

Presents: FILM NOIR

(Deadbeet; US: 24 May 2011)

From the first strains of the plucked upright bass to the final image of sunset on Sunset Boulevard, David Olney Presents FILM NOIR takes listeners on a wild mystery ride. It’s only five short songs long, but the cumulative effect weighs as much as dead man. Hard-boiled characters live in a chiaroscuro world, where nothing’s black and white and the only color comes from flashing neon signs. Olney’s invocations of danger always carry a sinister sneer, whether it’s in the form of a robber who steals your car, shoes, wedding ring, and watch but leaves you $20, or someone who is missing and wants to stay that way. This is rich, literate story telling with a soundtrack, just like the classic movies from the genre he invokes in the title. The jazzy backdrop of saxophones and brushed drums compliment Olney’s deep and grainy vocals. So grab a cheap bottle of whiskey and a pack of smokes. Step out of the rain and put this on. Chances are you’ll head out to the local bar after listening rather than going straight to bed.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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The affectations of mood may turn off those who wouldn’t know Bogey from Cagney, but fans of urban psychological thrillers from the past made in black and white will find much to enjoy here.
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Although David Olney's songs have been recorded by some great singers, he's a fine performer in his own right.
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