Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quick Hits: Cass McCombs, Chilly Gonzales

I seem to get more overwhelmed in the summer.  Maybe it's the time taken up by my ongoing feud with the dandelions in my yard.  Whatever the cause, it means there are more records I can't deal with.  This week it includes:

Cass McCombs, Wit's End
Billed as the 'fifth-and-a-half' album from McCombs, this one is a little more restrained in it's arrangements.  It's some of his most soulful work and I think that restraint helps draw out the poignancy of his lyrics.

Cass McCombs plays the Rivoli in Toronto on July 23rd.

Cass McCombs' website

Chilly Gonzales, The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales
The new album from the Feist producer has been labelled orchestral rap. You know what? It's not a bad descriptor.  Gonzales sets his absurdly bad raps to gorgeous orchestral arrangements.  The brilliance of the album is that Gonzales knows exactly what it is and doesn't try to con anyone.

The is one of those records that you will be ashamed to love, but you won't be able to help yourself.

Chilly Gonzales' website

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