Monday, December 29, 2014

Mirel Wagner Performs "1 2 3 4," "What Love Looks Like," "The Dirt," & "Taller Than Tall Trees"


"The Ethiopian-born, Finnish singer-songwriter is the emerging leader of the death-folk scene," writes our local music critic this morning of a singer I just discovered last night — Jeff Spevak's 10 picks for year's best albums.
    That's a new movement, I just made it up while listening to this wildly haunting new release. "One, two, three, four, what's underneath the floor?" she sings in the album's opening line. Bodies, it turns out. With just her guitar and voice, Wagner sounds like the saddest little Goth girl at your high school talent show.
And her Scandanavian accent is very sultry.

Topping our critic's list is a band you heard first here*, whose "music and the soul behind it feels so authentic and weary that dust an inch deep has settled in the room after I've finished listening," "with a transgender fiddle player and a lead singer who confesses to feeling out of place here, quietly celebrates a queer image." Despite that, I think they're great.

*Hurray For The Riff Raff Perform "Blue Ridge Mountain," "Small Town Heroes," & "The Body Electric", Hurray For The Riff Raff Perform "Look Out Mama," "The Body Electric," "Crash On The Highway," & "The New San Francisco Bay Blues", Hurray for the Riff Raff Perform "St. Roch Blues", Hurray For The Riff Raff Perform "Look Out Mama", Hurray For The Riff Raff Perform "Small Town Heroes," "Look Out Mama," "What's Wrong With Me" & "The St. Roch Blues", Hurray for the Riff Raff Perform "People Talkin'", & Hurray For The Riff Raff Performs "Blue Ridge Mountain," "Levon's Dream," "End Of The Line," & "Everybody Knows"

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