Blitzen Trapper has always sounded a bit like a throwback band, but on this album they explore a folk rock/alt country sound reminiscent of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Doubly so because the album draws inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead which was also popular during the psychedelic era. Nevertheless, whatever deep metaphysical thoughts are in the lyrics, the tunes are warm and breezy and a pleasure to listen to.
This week, quick thoughts on three new albums I listened to today.
Album: Plunge Artist: Fever Ray Release Date: 2017 October 27 Favorite Tracks: “Wanna Sip” and “IDK About You” Thoughts: Fever Ray is the solo project of Swedish electronic musician Karin Dreijer, also of the duo The Knife. The album has some sick beats and synths, but Dreijer’s voice is unpleasant and the frequent profanity seems to be juvenile attempt to be shocking. Rating: **1/2
Album: Wild and Reckless Artist: Blitzen Trapper Release Date: 2017 November 3 Favorite Tracks: “Joanna” and “Stolen Hearts” Thoughts: A twangier, pure country outing from Blitzen Trapper grew out of a “rock opera” staged in their native Portland, OR that tells a sci-fi love story of two kids on the run. Rating: **1/2
Album: Queens of the Breakers Artist: The Barr Brothers Release Date: 2017 October 13 Favorite Tracks: “You Would Have to Lose Your Mind” and “It Came To Me” Thoughts: The Montreal-based Americana jam band with a harp received good reviews for their innovative sound, but the album sounds kind of like generic folk-pop to me. Not my thing. Rating: **