A Record, A Nice Start
Originally recorded in 2008, A Record marks the first release from Laura Stevenson and the Cans. Combining elements of good indie pop, punk, and traditional folk, Stevenson and company are captivating. Her delicate vocals sing sweetly over banjos or quiet arpeggios from a classical guitar. She can also punk out with crunchy guitars complemented by melancholy horns. Yes, that’s right… crunchy guitars complemented by melancholy horns. Part of the fun of this band is its willingness to take chances and combine elements of music that aren’t always intuitive. The first eight tracks from A Record are available on Bandcamp. This is a nice introduction to a band on the rise.
Check out: The Pretty One [mp3]
Download/Stream: A Record [Bandcamp]
Sit Resist Review
Laura and the Cans have also made their 2011 release, Sit Resist, freely available through the end of May. If A Record holds promise, Sit Resist shows polish and incredible balance. This is an excellent album. The compositions are imaginative in arrangement and range. Stevenson’s vocals show far more confidence. Master of Art, the first single from the album, is pure pop that is far beyond palatable, demonstrating that you can make good pop and not sell out. The Wait/The Weight, 8:08, and Halloween Parts 1 &2, are prime examples of how far this band can reach and vary their approach to recording. The balance between traditional and experimental is what made A Record endearing. Tracks like Red Clay Road and I See Dark continue this practice with more polish and appeal. The verdict on this one is get it now and pay later (order the CD or LP), because you’ll want this at the end of 2011.
Check out: Master of Art [mp3]
Download/Stream: Sit Resist (free through the end of May!)
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