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CD REVIEW: Late Cambrian - Peach

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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"a blast to listen to"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 

 

 

 

 Artist: Late Cambrian
Album: Peach
Label: Tinderbox Music
Website:
http://www.latecambrian.com/

Genre: Alternative Rock, Electronic, Progressive Pop

Sounds Like: They Might Be Giants, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab for Cutie, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Weezer, Phoenix, The Kooks, Weezer

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Poetry, The Year I Cut the Cable, The Wolf. Made for Love,
Weakness: CD Cover art and subsequent 6 panel color scheme.

 

CD REVIEW:

 

Late Cambrian is a Brooklyn Indie Alternative Rock band. If The Strokes and Phoenix adopted a rock baby from Elliot Smith and The Arctic Monkeys the baby's name would be Late Cambrian. They are currently mixing and mastering their 3rd full length album, Golden Time, funded by fans through partnership with PledgeMusic. Look for Late Cambrian on the road opening for Wheatus Sept 30-Nov 1 2014 in the UK, Ireland, Amsterdam & Germany!  Band members are: John Wlaysewski (Vocals/Guitar), Nunzio Moudotsos (Bass/Vocals), O (Synth, Vocals).  

 

First up is Track 1 “Lovers Point” serves up an enticing rocked out, guitar ridden groove, meshed against hypnotic lyrical content, strong melody and impressive vocals from Wloysewski. This intro track sets the tone rather well for a fun and highly charged-alternative rock CD like this. Track 2 "The Label Needed a Single” presents a brilliant play on words which quickly takes flight with rocking lullaby that gradually builds into a passionate full tilt ballad complete with hypnotic vocal presence and a grand slam chorus. Track 3 “The Year I Cut the Cable” serves up yet another hooky groove with its good time beat, and impassioned vocal fee', and thought provoking lyrical content. This track also features female Vocalist from O – as do many of the tracks. As these songs slowly unfolded I could hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic They Might Be Giants, Radiohead, Beck, Franz Ferdinand, and Death Cab for Cutie. I can also hear Weezer, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Weezer, Phoenix, The Kooks. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock, with a slight aftertaste of Indie Rock/Pop. The songs themselves are addictive, eccentric, fascinating, and very hooky - all reflections of this band. One can't notice intellectual, carefree but real subject matter delivered between the spoken words, with a heavy dose of satire on the side. The musicianship and production touches from all members are rock solid across the board. Wloysewski and company showcase rock solid playing and songwriting skills. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like thick low end beats and rhythms, well placed ‘be-bop” harmonies, piano, keyboard/synth, and and lush harmonies. Wloysewski and the gang are accomplished composers, musicians, and both O and he are good vocalists within their own right and he is no doubt the musical mastermind behind all this. Equally as impressive is the how he makes the (singer to listener) vocal connection with the songs. Band really grooves well together and has a good youthful look. Wloysewski has an appealing timber and crisp, sharp baritone. His voice sounds in the vein of John Linnell (They Might Be Giant). He’s a good guitarist, soloist and has a good falsetto and vibrato to boot. He takes many impressive vocal risks along the way indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. All engineering aspects check out well. CD possess think low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences, never too winded, never to short. From During my initial research I discovered this band to be a very hot topic live around the region - another big factor to consider when evaluating a band. From rocking “The Wolf” to dynamic “Made for Love” to hooky “Ryan Gosling” to heartfelt “Poetry” to hypnotic “Resolution” to cutting edge “Recipe” to melodic ‘Flowers From Anonymous” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 13 “The Luddite” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.

 

All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. CD cover art misses the mark - ironically lacking in creativity and personality. The overall cover scheme presented on the CD and within the subsequent 6 panel foldout is extremely hard to read and is oh so annoying. The format is impossible to read. I can't find a release date anywhere on this CD. There is no picture of the band anywhere within the 6 panel insert either – another marketing misstep. Much of the aforementioned is not typical of Gold Standard releases and is a bit unorthodox. Sidebar comment: the band name is not the most marketable one I've ever heard.

 

In close “Peach” by Late Cambrian is just a blast to listen to. In the end they are a highly original and fun-filled band from New York. The music is fresh and highly entertaining. It’s strong suit – its amazing fun-live-vibe this band brings to the table. All songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and captivating. All these songs have a ring of truth to them and are boldly honest in a comical way. Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Late Cambrian are a surging Brooklyn based armed with a brilliant perspective an amazing youthful voice to inspire your vivid imagination. Need I say more?

Cyrus Rhodes

Cyrus Rhodes