Musik M:Soundtrack: Laura Stevenson (US/Don Giovanni Records) Emperor X (US/Bln)
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M:Soundtrack presents at Schokoladen Mitte
Laura Stevenson (US/Don Giovanni Records)
Emperor X (US/Bln)
27. November 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Schokoladen Mitte // Ackerstr. 169/170
Laura Stevenson /// On punk-turned-country-leaning chronicler Laura Stevenson’s first album, 2010’s A Record, she was frank about her tendency to obscure her feelings. The precious, old-timey piano waltz of “Beets United” found her intoning, in her sweet vinegar voice, “I need to stop singing in code/ To start ringing true because true rings only.” But it’s taken her until her third LP-- the second for Don Giovanni-- to feel she’s reached that point. She’s also dropped …and the Cans from her stage name (though they remain her backing band) and decided to deal with her demons: the realization that death is inevitable, and the ensuing battle between succumbing to futility, self-destruction, or balancing somewhere between the two. “There comes a time when you decide if you fight it off or learn to die,” she sings on “Triangle”, her snarl slight over her band’s crunching, good-timey wallop. It’s heavy stuff, but you wouldn’t immediately know it just by listening to Wheel, which spins a line in folk-rock bonhomie so sincere that a few gnarled sticks thrown in its spokes wouldn’t go amiss.... Pitchfork ..Laura Snapes April 29, 2013
"A young singer and songwriter from Long Island... a lot like a sweeter voiced Sharon Van Etten with very smart witty lyrics, very literate, and wonderfully strong melodies that can then erupt into these jams... this had everything I love."Jim DeRogatis, NPR Sound Opinions
Emperor X // is the project name of Wahl Berliner American songwriter and noise pop saboteur C. R. Matheny. In 2004, Matheny dropped his pursuit of a master's degree in physics to self-release a string of critically-acclaimed lo-fi speed folk. His releases debuted twice in one year in the top ten on the CMJ New Music chart (6/2004, 3/2005) and grabbed the attention of NPR, Pitchfork, All Music Guide, Tiny Mix Tapes and many others. The UK's Plan B magazine called his music "a swollen interfusion of capricious brilliance." Blogs and zines compared Matheny's tracks to The Microphones, Black Dice, and early Modest Mouse, and Coke Machine Glow even suggested that "indie may well have its own Prince."
NEW ALBUM // THe Orlando Sentinel http://emperorx.bandcamp.com/album/the-orlando-sentinel