With perhaps the coolest band name to come out for some time, Chelsea Light Moving give homage to a humble time in Philip Glass’s past when he started a moving company with his van—The Chelsea Light Moving Company. This company has lots of attitude, some Ziggy-era Bowie (“Burroughs”), even some Morrison-like poetry-jazz, pop-talk—and some thrash and trash as well.
I’ve listened to some bands because of their album covers and some because of their names—the latter is usually the result of the name’s brand. That’s why I listened to McCartney II at the time—liked the cover and knew the brand. I certainly did not know, however, that Shakey Graves was an artist I knew. I smirked at the name and was intrigued enough to follow it to the album cover—again, an engaging (though ominous) album cover. I’m glad I fell for names and images—Alejandro Rose-Garcia has put out a great album under the pseudonym of Shakey Graves.
The first thing I heard from Hozier was the EP From Eden and I was immediately impressed and then a little worried. Of the four songs on the EP only one does not appear on Hozier and it’s a doozie. “From Eden,” “To Be Alone,” and “Work Song” appear on Hozier and rank with the best songs of the album, but one little gem escaped the pressing of the LP and the first time I heard it I wondered if I had discovered some underground psychotic instead of a mainstream artist.
Kristin Diable & The City have a new album coming out in February 2015. If it is as good as 2012’s eponymous album then it will be worth the wait. Diable has her own voice for certain, a cross between late night jazz and country, and it works beautifully with this talented band backing her.