Zachary Cale – Come Quietly / The Wedding Day 7″
All Hands Electric 2010
[tags: folk, psychedelic slow alternative, 7", 2010]
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Are you looking for some Saturday afternoon music? Well, I think I can provide you with some goods here. Zachary Cale, singer-songwriter from Gowanus/New York, just recently released a new 7’’ with two previously unreleased tracks. The songs arose from the recording of his last full length album and can be seen as snapshots of this time. Stylistically I would consider the 7” as folk, but with some moments of psychedelic slow alternative music à la Galaxie 500. Yeah, I really like this comparison and I think it fits well. The first track, Come Quietly, is build around a nice guitar melody that is accompanied by decent percussions and some synth atmospheres. Zachary Cale’s voice reminds a little bit of The Talles Man On Earth, but without those immense sudden surges of emotions. It also seems that they removed the high and low frequencies a bit to created a distant, filtered effect – the result sounds very nice and adds a unique feeling to both tracks. You can see Come Quietly as a collage of field recordings transferred into an artificial environment – the voice of nature (both artificial (cars driving by) and natural (birdsong)) combined with electronic sounds from the synthesizer and acoustic music. A very special track I really like a lot.
The second single, The Wedding Party, is similar in intension, in setup, but without the field recordings. The voice got the same effect, but the synth atmospheres are more present. On the label page I read the following comparison: “a stream of consciousness ode to love with lyrical images floating by like faces in train windows”. How could anyone come up with better words for that lovely, lovely song? I love the wording, it really captures the character of the track and there’s nothing to add. The Wedding Party is more lo-fi, more washed out as Come Quietly, but in a very pleasant way. I think I have to spend some time with the other music of Zachary Cale too. This 7” is more than promising and one of the best 7”s I heard this year. Certainly a buy recommendation – and to order this dim diamond, head over to All Hands Electric and order one exemplar as long as supplies last. (If you want, you can order the two previous albums too: click here and here) To learn more about Zachary Cale read here and visit his MySpace too.