Cassette Love

We love cassettes. Articles, Reviews, Images

Monzie Leo & The Big Sky – Monzie Leo & The Big Sky (808 New York Tapes)

Monzie Leo & The Big Sky Cover

Musical Content: Like a rusted freight car plowing down the tracks and derailing somewhere in Appalachia, Monzie Leo & The Big Sky bring an experience of raw folk machinery. The track “Catholic Skank” shows off how well primal rhythm can drive harder than any punk anthem. Combining jangling acoustic guitar stomp and whisky-ridden choir shouts, the over-all effort makes its impression solid. There is no doubt where these boys are coming from. The more subtle efforts like “That’s My Moon” evoke barn-dance romance and genuine sympathy for the protagonist. The contents of that derailed old freight car spilled out on a rural cabin porch and decided to have a party. You should go.

Packaging and Sound Quality: A standard cassette case holds the card artwork which is the perfect visual accompaniment to the recording. The cassette itself is an opaque blue with white lettering. Sound quality is via ambient miking; perhaps only one room mic. Though this makes the lyrics difficult to define at times, it highlights the effect of blended levels and brings the drama back to vocal performance. The shouts ARE shouts and the minimalism is used to good effect

photo

Available now from 808 New York Tapes.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on March 19, 2014 by in Reviews and tagged , , .
%d bloggers like this: