Easing the weary voices1 Comment
Nick Jaina – 7 Stations.
The robots get a lot of e-mail from folks who read a post and want us to hear their music because it sounds like what we posted. But often it does in fact sound EXACTLY like what we just posted. (don’t get me wrong keep ‘em coming). Then once in a while someone actually comes through with something that does have a familiar touchstone but also has it’s own distintive quality.
Sure Nick Jaina‘s music might sound like Tom Waits, but then so does Leonard Cohen (or is it the other way around?). I guess if “sounds like” means “has interesting lyrics, creative instrumentation and evocative arrangment” then he does sound like those guys.
I picked the title track off 7 Stations (his third solo album) because of what else it makes me think of. When you first heard Radiohead’s Amnesiac, and got to the end–Life as a Glass House, didn’t you think “Oh man, Radiohead doesn’t even need beeps and clicks or whatever, they can take a New Orleans Jazz combo and still get all freaky. They should do a whole album of this.”? Well I did. And I’m not saying the 7 Stations is that album, but it would be in that same vein. And it’s all really good. Not that it’s news or anything, but there’s clearly some cool shit going on in Portland and a lot of it is on this record.
You can pick up the album at CD baby. He’s also got more tracks you can check out on his myspace page.
And n the “robots roam in a small world dept.” a girl that Mark and I went to high school with choreographed a dance for Nick’s cd release party–something I only discoved after hearing Nick’s music and deciding to post it. How crazy is that?