Kurt Weisman – Orange
Autumn Records 2010
[tags: acoustic folk (mostly), 2010]
Listen while reading:
Let My Spirit Rise (from Orange)
Self-Portrait With Skull (from Orange)
Quick one for today. Kurt Weisman just released his 2nd album called Orange via Autumn Records. Unlike his first full length output, Orange features mostly Kurt’s voice and him playing acoustic guitar. Here and there are synthesizer melodies completing the tracks without being too much in the foreground of the recording. Instrumentals (New England Snakes or the title track or Tuli Tree Trail) go hand in hand with more regular folk songs (Self-Portait With Skull, Let My Spirit Rise or When I Saw Him With You). Tracks like Rainbow Blues aren’t afraid to even draw some features from the blues. Kurt’s voice is of the sort that you will either love or hate it – it got some serious fragileness to it and sounds introverted all the way. Me likes it. But one bad point goes out to the last track, the mentioned instrumental Tuli Tree Trail, for I don’t like it that much and think it hasn’t quite the quality of the fine instrumental title track – too many blips and pops and too much unfolksyness for my taste – at least for a folk record. In the end Orange is a very interesting and fresh sounding release worth listening; maybe a bit over the edge sometimes for some of you acoustic folk lovers because of the synthesizers. But give it a try and if you like it, grab one of the 300 CD copies directly from Autumn Records. If you don’t care about physical copies (don’t you dare!), buy your mp3s by clicking here. Further details can be found on Kurt Weisman’s MySpace.