Victorian Friday 5

The Watson Twins – “Just Like Heaven” from Fire Songs

Don’t write real-life twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson off as mere dwellers of Jenny Lewis’ long shadow…with their debut full-length LP, the girls gravitate away from the country-pop of Rabbit Fur Coat and more towards, well, regular country…this barely-recognizable cover of The Cure’s first American hit is just one of a number of standouts…with Jenny’s new solo album, Acid Tongue, on the way, The Watson Twins have at least a little bit of the spotlight for now…

Pink Martini – “Brazil” from Symphathique

The “little orchestra” does a bang-up job on this classic jazz tune on their debut album (which also features versions of “Que Sera Sera” and “Never On Sunday”)…though their original material might not be as good as their interpretations of standards, China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale continue to lead Pink Martini into their fifteenth year of smooth pop music…

Inara George – “Tell Me That You Love Me” from An Invitation

About to begin another tour with The Bird And The Bee, Inara will also be riding the release of her new collaboration with the legendary Van Dyke Parks…true to Parks’ other works, An Invitation is a gorgeous, baroque song cycle that is part Beach Boys, part film score, all with Inara’s breathy vocals on top…definitely a contender for masterpiece of the year…

Primal Scream – “Beautiful Summer” from Beautiful Future

Bobby Gillespie and his band Primal Scream pretty much change their sound every 10 minutes, so each album is sort of a departure…their newest is a bright disc with their classic dark menace bubbling underneath…almost ironic that Gillespie left The Jesus And Mary Chain so many years ago to later make music that sounds like outtakes from Darklands…and to think that the Reid brothers had no problem replacing him with a drum machine!…

Robyn Hitchcock – “Full Moon In My Soul” from Spooked

Though best known for the Lewis Carroll-esque surrealism that drives his songwriting, Robyn’s tunes often veer into the heartwarming…from one of his finest albums (recorded with David Rawlings and Gillian Welch), “Full Moon In My Soul” was in both the set from last night’s show as well as today’s Free At Noon performance…even though he said last night that he would do all different songs in case any of the same people showed up!…

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~ by E. on July 18, 2008.

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