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Feral Harmonic

Author: Greg Edwards
10/15/2009 | Gapplegate.com | www.gapplegate.com | Album Review
If you had the new album by Old Canes, "Feral Harmonic" (Saddle Creek), you could greet the morning like I am doing right now with some home grown, quilting bee or Whitman's Sampler type Alt-Indie music. This is a conflagration that's not easy to pigeonhole, which is the best sort of thing to be in my mind. Chris Crisci is the guiding force behind it all. He wrote the songs, sung the lead vocals and played guitar (mostly acoustic), cello and a lively mandolin, not to mention toy piano, bells, harmonica, drums, etc. He is joined by a variety of instrumentalists and backup vocalists.

The songs give you a kind of do-it-yourself, stubborn Yankee music, not like Cake really (it's "Feral" after all, wildly outside the respectable haunts) but with a kind of charming directness that Cake can have. They build up thick textures with bashing drums and "heavy" mandolin or hit some chord progressions as a prelude to a rockish songwriter's tune. The music is unpretentious, catchy and ingeniously instrumented. Chris's voice has an Alt sort of feel to it and it is not unappealing. Songs like "I Will Be the Sun" sound good for this season that lasts until spring comes along again. It's music to drive the cold winter from your door. I like it. You might too.
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