Posts Tagged ‘Adam and Darcie’

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An Indiecater Christmas 2009

December 28, 2009

Ahh another Christmas over and I can finally find some time to catch up on all of the new Christmas tunes!  The ever reliable Indiecater has put together another set of stunning tunes and quite a few absolutely breathtaking….so if you have just finished your leftover turkey sandwiches do take care!

Some tunes from groups that have appeared on previous compilations and in particular Adam and Darcie‘s It Came Upon A Midnight Clear is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  Some new groups as well and I will be following Oldfolks Home and their electronica tunes for some time to come!  You can stream each of those tunes below as well as get the download for Standard Fare’s Tinsel Politics.

As I have done in previous compilation posts- just a few thoughts on each…

The GarlandsChristmas Song Bells galore and great female vocals.
Candy ClawsSnowdrift Wish Unmistakable sublime electro and great harmonies.
LoxslyMrs. Kris Kringle Hilarious lyrics- slow start but the horn section at the end is excellent.
Adam and DarcieIt Came Upon A Midnight Clear Subtle instrumentation which supplements the gorgeous vocals- both solo and harmonies simply outstanding.
Allo Darlin’Baby, It’s Cold Outside Great female vocals and lyrics with good array of instruments incl ukulele and rattle.
Woodpigeon Little Nemo Great male harmonies.
Boca ChicaSnow Angels Female vocals with subtle drumming and some nice harmonies further in.
Oldfolks HomeWe Don’t Cry At Christmas Feck me- a great tune with subtle electro, sampling and excellent vibe.
Betty & The Cavaleros Hey! I’m Your Gift Today Bossa-nova funk with a superb female vocal.
Standard Fare – Tinsel Politics Boppy start with drums and good rock vibe.
Sunset New York Love Great array of instruments and some good harmonies.
I Hate You Just Kidding It’s Fun To Do Bad Things Subtle male vocals and harmonies.
Sweet JaneSilent Night Great reverb and pounding bass drum with deep pitched female vocals-oh yeah!  Electro choir at end in a shoegaze haze makes it a great ending!

As the 12 days of Christmas aren’t over just yet- head over to Indicater and get the tunes for €6- the best money spent next to the acid indigestion tablets after all of the feasting!

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Adam And Darcie- California Trail

August 6, 2009

I can’t say that I have knowingly listened to any band from Utah…a place better known for canyons and gorges and the Mormon religion than its music.   The only group I do know from there are the Osmond Family which ‘may’ have graced these ears when I was 5… but that is better left unsaid and certainly the only time you will see that name in this space.

Indiecater to the rescue then with the release of Adam and Darcie– a collection of folky lo-fi tunes with some sweet harmonies and great instrumentation.  In fact almost every track has such a great mix of both that the tunes are more akin to chapters in a book than to tunes by themselves and something that has to be digested as a whole rather than individually.

It starts off with the slow burner The Fox, Hare, And Doe which transforms into a great pace with the introduction of the xylophone, guitar and drums about halfway through.  Never Been A Pilot follows and is just sweetness personified- delectable harmonies that are perfect for any sugar-eared person and in the later half some excellent instrumentation that ends on a great vibe.

Hands-Mind, Festival, and I Need To Let Go Of What I Won’t Miss all have some good instrumentation and vocals that will leave you in a relaxed frame of mind but it’s Nowhere, No One which peak my ears next- with some simple plucking and delightful female vocals from Darcie it really is a delightful tune.

All I Ever Do Is Fall follows with some good vocals from Adam and goes into National Forest which is really the standout track on the album for me- excellent guitars and beats with such sweet sweet harmonies halfway through that I wish it would continue for another few minutes.

After that the album is a come down from the sugar high and returns to dreamy vocals and subtle instrumentation with Before It’s Better, California Trail, Grass Valley and the two instrumental only numbers Steep Hollow and Gold Hill which starts off in an almost lamenting fashion but brings out the beats for a vibrant and engrossing end.

So if you are feeling sweet deprived, head over to Indiecater and get California Trail for just  €4.00- considering you can forgoe your sugar hit for today that is a very good buy indeed!

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