CD REVIEW: Peter Galperin - A Disposable Life
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"Galperin is World Class"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Peter Galperin
CD: A Disposable Life
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Rock, Reggae Pop Rock
Sounds Like: John Maher, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Barenaked Ladies, Talking Heads
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: Short sided CD, Winded Songs
New York based singer-songwriter Peter Galperin performs, writes and records in a unique hybrid style that fuses the rhythms of South America and Africa with rock melodies and a lyrical sense of humor. With a Russian classical violinist father and a Canadian cellist mother, Peter was surrounded by music from birth. Active in the grunge rock scene in Seattle, WA with his band The Excuses, he later moved to NYC and began performing at CBGBs, The Bitter End, The National Underground, and many other downtown venues. He has collaborated with producer/saxophonist Robert Aaron (David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson), and guitarist Wayne Kramer (MC5) on various projects, and has composed and recorded music for dance performances at The Kitchen Performance Space, film soundtracks for the Brooklyn Art Museum, and numerous corporate video projects. His latest offering entitled A Disposable Life was released in 2013.
The CD kicks things off with melodic title track an invigorating jazz driven groove that serves up inviting jazz-guitar and piano, hooky chorus and thought provoking lyrical content meshed against impressive vocal delivery from Galperin. Track 2 “There’s No Future’ serves up another impressive ditty with rocked out musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and melodic guitar ambience. Track 3 “Biubblewrap” shifts gears with its catchy feel, lending itself to a straight forward yet brilliant pop ballad meshed with infectious melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of John Maher, Jason Mraz, Barenaked Ladies, and Jack Johnson. I can also hear a slight Talking Heads and a more poppy version of Jimmy Buffet. Right from the start you will notice Galperin feels quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, melodic poppy, hooky feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as Galperin and company dish out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing, impressive Piano, Harmonica/Harp, Accordion, Organ, Trombone, impressive percussive accents, trumpet, well placed keyboard accents meshed with lush vocal harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. Galperin's got solid vocal timber and showcases a warm love of life passion and recklessness abandon between the lines. He’s got good vocal instincts within each movement he displays an impressive feel and musical intellect throughout. His vocal style reminds me of a cross between David Byrne (Talking Heads) and John Maher. The musicianship from all the other members in the band (6 session players) has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. The production quality is rock solid with crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end punch. From smooth as silk “What are the Odds” to eloquent "(No One’s) Better Off Dead", to upbeat ‘Rainy Day Games” to rocking “Straight Towards the Sun” this 8 track CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 8 “Doggie Gift” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any solid weaknesses with this production. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. As impressive as this CD is it’s fair to say 3-4 more tracks are need to really make it a fully loaded CD relase. The CD cover art misses the mark for me in how it translates to the overall CD Title and theme.
In close A Disposable Life is a brilliant 8 song release from Peter Galperin. He's a brilliant songwriter, especially in the way he takes every day situations and makes them into musical statements everyone can relate to. If he has a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove Galperin is on to something special. At the end of the day Peter Galperin is a world-class singer/songwriter possessing an infectious pop personality clearly worthy of worldwide recognition. I wouldn't be surprised to hear his music featured in a Prime Time Children's Film Production one day. One would be wise to remember the name Galperin over the years to come no doubt.