Two great treats in my inbox (and actual mail in the case of Audrye Sessions) to pass onto you the fantastic, well groomed, most hansome blog readers around. Shall we dig in…see below:
First off Audrye Sessions new Self Titled CD showed up in the post (wow, I do miss physical media sometimes) and I have been giving it some airtime and so far, so good. I find they seem to be a hybrid indie rock band that is heading to a non-traditional rock band destination. You know how Radiohead used to be a “rock” band? Well not that they are heading down that path, but you get my drift.
Their self-titled debut on Black Seal — available early 2009— is packed with polished, propulsive rock songs and gentle, stripped-down tunes with the kind of ear-grabbing melodies that instantly hard-wire themselves into your brain. Recorded with Andrew Scheps (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash) and Matt Radosevich (The Hives, Taking Back Sunday), the album is anchored by Ryan Karazija’s remarkable voice, which is whisper vulnerable one minute, roiling with emotion the next and easily slips into a smooth falsetto.
Visit them on their MySpace page and check out the tour dates with Manchester Orchestra (!!).
Secondly I have something a little unique – Pree. As far as I know, not a Neutral Milk Hotel reference (although I suspect their MySpace page address of some tomfoolery), but a great alt-folk outfit from Washington (East Coast, not West). This one might have you lost in the vocals of May Tabol, but let them beat you down and tenderize you – for if you will, you will awaken to its utter beauty. They have a new 5 track EP called “A Chopping Block” that is dropping on March 9th.
Pree’s musical prowess evokes seductive and shadowy moods that call to mind Regina Spektor’s imaginative narratives as well as Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s rhythmic vocal stylings– mixing haunting folk elements, unmistakable vocals, and a remarkable command of words to elicit a fare as delicate as it is powerful.