Josh Reichmann - After Live
Josh Reichmann should be no stranger to observers of the Canadian music scene. Whether it's his spot in The Tangiers or his work with Sebastian Grainger in Bad Tits, he's always got something on the go. The latest is a new solo album, After Live.
This is far from the dark, broody electronic album that I expect. The album opener and title track is about as far from that as you could get. The rhythms and Adriatic vibe almost makes you think you're at a Greek wedding reception.
"Burning Blocks" is the most pure pop effort on the album. The track is bright and bouncy and will have you bopping along. The pair of "Florida" and "Florida II" provide the album's grooviest and gloomiest moments respectively.
The electronics do pop up, and when they do they are welcome. Vocals warble and echo beneath shuffling electro beat on "All Day Wrong". There's a cow punk guitar line on "People Fade Away" that intertwines with the electronics, creating a song that's a cross between Diamond Rings and the Meat Puppets.
After Live really isn't a groundbreaking effort. But from front to back it is an album you can toss on and enjoy. There are none of those 'god what the hell is that shit' moments that plague most electronic-based music these days.
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