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Feral Harmonic

Author: Mike
10/03/2009 | Brooklyn Rocks | brooklynrocks.blogspot.com | Album Review
On October 20th, Saddle Creek is releasing Feral Harmonic which is sophomore album from Old Canes. Old Canes is the side project of The Applecast Cast singer/guitarist Chris Crisci and this disc follows 2004's Early Morning Hymns (Second Nature Recordings).

Crisci plays the majority of instruments on this disc (guitar, cello, mandolin, banjo, toy piano, bells, etc.) and he is joined by an eclectic assortment of Kansas musicians from bands such as White Whale, Boys Life, Calamity Cubes and Minus Story. The twelve tracks on this disc is stylistically diverse and range from the frantic alt-rock rave-up of "I Will Be The Sun" to the melancholy "Southern Radio" (which features Crisci performing with just an acoustic guitar). All of this makes it difficult to pin down Old Canes with just one or two genre labels. Across this disc, there are (the expected) elements of alt-country/folk but there is also strong elements of eclectic freak-folk/alt-rock experimentation. Bands like The Annuals, State Bird and Neutral Milk Hotel are good points of comparison.

Like many of these aforementioned bands, the songs on Feral Harmonic bristle with energy. Crisci is quoted as saying "[t]he only things I care about are the ideas and the energy. Music loses out when the focus is on slick production, and not on expressing what matters most in a song."

Saddle Creek is currently taking pre-orders for a limited edition, hand-assembled CD and the LP version of Feral Harmonic. The CD features seven individual hand ink-stamped impressions on the cover label and the inside & outside of the CD wallet, a 16-page glued-in booklet of black and white photographs and the CD wallet comes wrapped with a black ribbon.

Old Canes are playing the Knitting Factory on October 22 as part of Saddle Creek's CMJ Showcase. Other bands on the bill include Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Orenda Fink, UUVVWWZ, Beep Beep and guest Suzannah Johannes. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 DOS.
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