want this album on vinyl. I want this album on vinyl because it
demands it. I want copious liner notes and pictures--- yes,
make it a gatefold jacket--- and make those pictures pictures
anyone who had anything to do with this album and photograph
them on her fictional Bell Choir Coast---
and beaches and all--- something to give credence to this world
wonderfully created by Wayser and her music. It will be one of
those magical places like the ones visited by music fans every
time they put on Sgt. Pepper's or
listened to Days of Future Passed.
You may laugh, but this album makes me say it. It is that good.
didn't think Wayser could do it. I didn't think she could even
approach the excellence of The
her last album which was released--- whoa!--- in 2009? Thing
is, I've been listening to that album fairly steadily since
release and it just doesn't seem like it was that long ago. I
guess time flies when you're having fun, eh? So when she
announced she was working on a new album, I was leery. How to
follow up an album as unique and as incredibly musical as The
she did it. She tossed most of the little nuances which made
the last album so damn good (well, downplayed them a bit) and
went in a whole 'nother direction and created an album which
could very well put her over the top. There is a bit of Phil
Spector in her production, and not the mountain deep harmonies
but the depth of the sound. Wayser, who has a great voice and
one of the more unique I've heard in recent years, sings mostly
into a chamber, I'm guessing, and many of the instruments are
channeled through one as well. The result drags me back to the
Fifties and early Sixties and while it is hard to put a finger
on specifics, I cannot shake it.
not the music or the songs. Wayser has outdone herself here as
she had on The Colorful, but I defy anyone who
lived in those glory years of early rock 'n' roll to disregard
the sound. Every time I play this album, I get chills
from that sound, and I've been playing it a lot. And for
good reason. I love albums which work, front to back. I love
songs which belong together, which flow into one another as if
they were written that way, that almost tell a story with the
music alone. I love music which sounds simple but really isn't.
But most of all, I love music which grabs hold and will not let
go. I mean, I find myself looking forward to Bell
Coast Choir, almost scheduling my day around it. Like I
used to with Sgt. Pepper. Like I used to with
Cargoe. Like I used to with The Colorful,
as a matter of fact.
am listening to Geographer
I type this and I cannot even begin to tell you what a
magnificent song it is. There is a bit of Brian
both the song and the production (and the arrangement, now that
I think about it) and you have to hear Cullman's All
Fires the Fire to
even begin to understand what a compliment that is. And as I
listen I'm thinking of the tracks which led up to Geographer,
like the island-fueled and rhythmic Dream
It Up, and
the catchy and totally Wayser-istic Alright
its dream-like female background vocals, and the others, all
laid out in perfect sequence.
never suffice when it comes to albums like this, so let me help
you out. You
can stream it here.
I recommend you do so, but don't give it a cursory listen.
Listen all the way through, maybe even numerous times. It grows
on you. If you're like me, it could just sweep you away. Album
of the Year? It's in the running, easily.
haven't read any reviews of the album yet, but I have
bookmarked quite a few. I see that Bob
the album a super-positive review for No
I will go there after I finish this just to see if our reviews
parallel each other in any way. I follow Bob and his writing.
He's one of the good ones.
know what the down side of this whole thing might be? I may not
ever write about Sydney again. I write about the Indies. I
steer clear of major labels and major label-distributed albums.
My hands are full covering the little guys. I have this
sneaking suspicion that Sydney will not be a little guy
anymore. Not after people hear Bell Choir Coast.
It is as good as it comes.
just so you know, my favorite track at the moment is Time
Frame. Just keep it in mind when you listen. You'll
O. Gutch Jr.