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JANN KLOSE-Mosaic

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jk2Well. Well. Well. I have listened to Mosaic, the latest album by Jann Klose, for the third time.  At first I was not sure what to make of it.  It simply defies genre.  The album is off the beaten path, and as eclectic as any I have heard. The reggae beat of “Make It Better“, the Irish folk ballad style of “On & On“, the Calypso influence of “Four Leaf Clover“, and the southern Roots feel of “Beautiful One“, make this a true mosaic of music.

Jann Klose writes songs with beautiful melodies, and wonderful changes and transitions. His lyrics speak of love, and love lost. The instrumentation, as diverse as his musical stylings includes great 1960’s organ, maracas, violin, flute and oboe, and I think I heard an accordion and some vibes, and electric piano. The arrangements are flawless, with beautifully woven harmonies. And, I find, Jann does not end songs. Somehow he leaves them hanging there after they stop. Very cool. Yes, this guy can write.

jk3Not just another singer/songwriter, this German now living in New York, comes from the same mold as Scott Walker and Tim Buckley.  Jann Klose is a story teller. An artist who paints with music and words. His vocals are outstanding, powerful, yet filled with emotional fragility. The acapella version of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren“, devastatingly beautiful.

jk1My favorite song on the album, “Long Goodbye“, kills. This quintessential pop-rock song, contains everything: great melody, awesome guitar riffs and solo, powerful drumming, amazing vocals, and a way cool organ. Jann’s voice conveys so much emotion, one can feel his desperation.

I am not certain why this man is not a household name. The album, as exceptional as it is, throws more at you with each listen. It is timeless, as any good piece of music should be. Go listen to Mosaic now. Listen a few more times. Buy it. You will want to listen again, and again. Mosaic is that good.

You can listen to Mosaic:  http://jannklose.com/audio/mosaic/

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SWILLBILLY HEROES-The Lamentable Tragedy Of The…

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sh1I don’t know where the guys at Get Bent Records find these bands, but the Swillbilly Heroes have just released their debut album, The Lamentable Tragedy Of The…. This Toronto band refers to their music as Alternative Country/Rock but I hear so much more. The 9 tracks share country influences with rock, southern rock, pop and blues.

sh2The opening track, “Big Red Ford“, has a nice melody with great transitions and an incredible fullness. The slide guitar and guitar solo remain true to country, but this song rocks. “All The Ghosts You Exorcise” has a slower tempo, a great bridge, and a very cool acoustic guitar solo.  The distant harmonies meshed with keys that make me think accordion, give this song a wonderfully airy feel. The echo effect vocals of “Lucky Mind” add to the uniqueness of this track which includes wonderfully placed stops and starts, a beautiful acoustic guitar solo, and bells which provide a perfect backdrop for the melancholy mood. “Swillbilly Heroes” begins softly and then cracks open with slide guitar, cool offbeat drumming, and a nice guitar “twang” throughout. The dual guitars are reminiscent of The Allman Brothers. Lyric like “love me forever, love me to death” add to the dark beauty of the song.  “Bent On Battered Days”  a rock song, with a great bass line has great effects and psych-rock guitar. Love the cool isolation on the drums, amazing guitar solo and a melody that never quits.. The driving rocker, “Tear It Up” comes with  great bass work, guitar effects, spectacular vocal harmonies and a clean, crisp guitar solo. “‘Til You Broke Some Bones” begins with a drum solo. The melody framed by faint harmonies, and the countrified guitar solo emphasizes an amazing sh3transition to the bridge. “Chlorhexidine Dreams“, a moody tune, is played without drums and bass. The acoustic guitar strumming and the electric guitar lead are accompanied only by chimes and the brooding vocals, within a very haunting melody. My favorite track, “Shipwreck” has great effects and a rockin’ guitar solo.  Driven by the rhythm section, quieter at the verses it fills in at the chorus. The incredible melody cradles brilliant lyric such as “you haven’t lived until you’ve tried, you haven’t lived until you’ve died”, all within a song that could very well be an amazing arena rock song. Just need some dry ice and strobe lights. A song I really want to see live. An amazingly beautiful track with a spectacular ending and shades of Blue Rodeo.

gb1The Lamentable Tragedy Of The… is far from tragic. Great songs with amazing melodies that are simple and complex at the same time, layered within sounds that fill the senses.  Franco Care has an amazing voice, deep, dark, and dynamic. The band is tight and incredibly talented. I was surprised at first to see Abel Renton‘s name as guitarist in the credits. He is also the guitarist for The Micronite Filters. But then I remembered that this is, after all, Get Bent Records. And a killer album.  Epic fun.  Epic cool. Epic Music.

You can listen to this album here:    http://swillbillyheroes.bandcamp.com/album/the-lamentable-tragedy-of-the

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