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New Ways of Letting Go
     

New Ways of Letting Go

by Michael Zapruder
 
For his second album, New Ways of Letting Go, which appears nearly four years after his first, This Is a Beautiful Town, singer/songwriter Michael Zapruder has assembled a small orchestra of strings and horns, and dubbed the ensemble Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs. The music is engaging, melodic chamber pop that

Overview

For his second album, New Ways of Letting Go, which appears nearly four years after his first, This Is a Beautiful Town, singer/songwriter Michael Zapruder has assembled a small orchestra of strings and horns, and dubbed the ensemble Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs. The music is engaging, melodic chamber pop that harks back to the psychedelic days of 1967 and the Beatles and the Moody Blues, all in support, of Zapruder's resonant, slightly flat baritone. That voice is first heard on the opening song, "The Alchemist," singing, "I do my work, a hundred milligrams is all I need." A hundred milligrams of what?, one may well ask, but the answer seems clear from the context, and for the rest of the disc, it sounds like Zapruder may have ingested those milligrams, since his lyrics, while full of flora, fauna, and, occasionally, fire (titles include "On the Arms of a Burning City" and "The Institute Is Burning"), don't seem to make any literal sense at all. That, too, is arguably in keeping with the psychedelic tone of the music that accompanies them. But it works to the disc's detriment, since the arrangements are built around the vocals, which are high in the mix and are sung clearly, as if Zapruder had important messages to convey. If so, those messages are almost entirely private.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2006
Label:
Howells Transmitter
UPC:
0751937289821
catalogNumber:
3

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Performance Credits

Michael Zapruder   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes
Jonathan Segel   Violin
Jennifer Baker   Trombone
Jim Kassis   Triangle,Shak
Dominic Cramp   Synthesizer
Nate Query   Bass
Scott Rosenberg   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Kyle Bruckmann   English Horn,Moog Synthesizer
Scott Solter   Vibes
Alex DeCarville   Drums
Jon Bernson   Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Colin Held   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Anthony   Drums
Jason Kleinberg   Viola
Steve Hogan   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Leyna Noel   Synthesizer,Vocals
Yair Evnine   Cello,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Dominic Cramp   Sound Effects
Michael Zapruder   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Scott Solter   Engineer
Jon Bernson   Engineer
Colin Held   Engineer,Loop
Scott Pinkmountain   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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