Farewell February, I barely noticed you, — save for the snow, the sleet, the grayness. Man, just a blurring of gray days, bland pearl skies and hazy curtains, fogs of flakes obfuscating the roads ahead…
Gray Bouchard just wrote me and sent a song along. Just in time, too. He and Melissa Coppola make up Match By Match, one of the area’s finest brands of inherently warming, sunburst baroque pop – charmed with cascading pianos, buzzing guitar riffs rustled over these revving rhythms that slalom away from being overly saccharine-pop stuff whilst also not being too overly showy or anthemic. This is the nice little jam that rattles the keys above the gear shift of your salt-shrouded compact and coaxes you forth down the escapist avenue out of WinterTown and off towards the calendar-ahead, the warmer months, a call from the Spring-that’s-just-about-to-bloom…
March 1st – Match By Match @ Woodruff’s –with: Hand In The Ocean and the Finer Things – 10 pm – 36 E. Cross St – woodruffsbar.com
Do baby horses go to heaven? I’ll be the encyclopedia knows… (“Pony Modifications”)
Oh, their voices intertwine so melodiously, yet Patrick Elkins and Chelsea Jordan are not presenting your typical pop-fare. Sweetly toned incantations, so pretty in so strange a way; these experimentalists are singing about Ponies by means of fluorescent lullabies sparking faint luminescence through felicitous and freaky dreamscapes. Yeah, Pills In My Pocket will likely veer, just a bit, off and away from the frothier folk-rock earworms of a Match By Match or a Hand In The Ocean. These longtime musical collaborators tend to hike off the main trails and into knottier compositional terrains…(see: Rainbow Vomit Family Band).
What treasures are sutured into these mystical anti-folk ruminations? Ypsi’s experimental-pop auteur Fred Thomas captured and prepared these ditties for your investigative ears. You can hear them tomorrow (Feb 27th), presented on cassette and CD via Toothless Eyeball & Positive Vibes Forever at Encore Records in Ann Arbor.
What else this week? What else?
I’ve been rocking this:
Bring on March.