Extra Life

Secular Works

by Joe Tacopino

15 May 2008

 

Charlie Looker, the instrumental force behind Extra Life, is also known for his work as a member of ZS, Ocrilim and the Dirty Projectors. And while his previous projects are known for their intricacies and powerful guitar spasms Looker dwells heavily into his Wesleyan education with Secular Works, an album heavily influenced by the art of Gregorian Chant and something called “monophonic song”. “Blackmail Blues” has Looker’s operatic voice wavering over a syncopated bass-and-string combo. “I Don’t Feel That Way” has a disjointed rhythm structure and vacillating harmonies which bears a slight resemblance to work of the Dirty Projectors. “Burn” stretches out as Looker goes into a full-out chant mode with his bleak lyrics. Extra Life certainly shows the depth of Looker’s extensive musical talents, but without the adrenaline-fueled guitars it’s hard to predict how many people will be interested in an album so deeply immersed in the artist’s classical training. Secular Works may very likely alienate some of its potential fans, but Looker is probably not concerned with them anyways.

Secular Works

Rating:

Topics: extra life
 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.

 


//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

20 Questions: Nashville Singer-Songwriter Natalie Hemby

// Sound Affects

"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.

READ the article