If the Past Seems So Bright

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jeremy Udden leads an ensemble that's equal parts jazz and rock on this CD. The rhythms are rock-steady, rarely swinging, and there's a lot of stinging electric guitar and reverb that recalls blues-based indie acts like the Black Keys, though guitarist Brandon Seabrook is much more of a shredder than most indie rock players -- his soloing on "Stone Free" (not a Jimi Hendrix cover) is harsh and energized (and double-tracked; at various points, he's playing with and against himself). Udden himself, despite being the leader, doesn't often seize the spotlight; his saxophone provides melodies, but other group members take plenty of solos. Two tracks, ...
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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jeremy Udden leads an ensemble that's equal parts jazz and rock on this CD. The rhythms are rock-steady, rarely swinging, and there's a lot of stinging electric guitar and reverb that recalls blues-based indie acts like the Black Keys, though guitarist Brandon Seabrook is much more of a shredder than most indie rock players -- his soloing on "Stone Free" (not a Jimi Hendrix cover) is harsh and energized (and double-tracked; at various points, he's playing with and against himself). Udden himself, despite being the leader, doesn't often seize the spotlight; his saxophone provides melodies, but other group members take plenty of solos. Two tracks, "Bethel" and "Pause at a Lake," feature vocals, but only the latter has lyrics. The wordless crooning on "Bethel" adds to the feeling of nostalgia Udden clearly intends -- in the liner notes, he indicates that the band, Plainville, is named after the Massachusetts town he grew up in, and the music was initially inspired by his upbringing there. The quieter tracks have a pastoral feeling, combining banjo and/or acoustic guitar with pump organ drones, that seems ideally designed for sitting on a sunlit porch and relaxing. But the louder tracks are thoroughly urban music of the modern New York school, partly indebted to jazz but just as much to rock and the sounds of city life. This is a multifaceted record that succeeds at almost everything it attempts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728127721
  • Catalog Number: 1277
  • Sales rank: 379,359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sad Eyes - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (10:56)
  2. 2 New Dress - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (8:16)
  3. 3 Stone Free - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (5:28)
  4. 4 Bethel - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (4:05)
  5. 5 Hammer - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (3:55)
  6. 6 Thomas - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (7:44)
  7. 7 Film - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (6:45)
  8. 8 Bovina - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (3:27)
  9. 9 Leland - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (4:05)
  10. 10 Pause at a Lake - Jeremy Udden's Plainville (4:15)
  11. 11 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeremy Udden Primary Artist, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
R.J. Miller Drums
Brandon Seabrook Banjo, Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Eivind Opsvik Acoustic Bass
Pete Rende Pump Organ, Prophet Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Justin Keller Vocals, Guest Appearance
Nathan Blehar Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Nylon String), Guest Appearance
Will Graefe Acoustic Guitar, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Fran├žois Zalacain Executive Producer
Christopher Drukker Graphic Design
Pete Rende Producer
Jeremy Udden Composer, Producer
Nathan Blehar Composer
Matt Marinelli Engineer
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