Plastic Moon

Plastic Moon

by Madi Diaz
     
 

Madi Diaz is like the Wade Boggs of pop
ock; her songs never swing for the fences, but they always seem to connect. Last time she released a full album, Diaz was an alt-country newcomer doubling as a young college student. This time around, she's a mid-twentysomething road warrior with years of practice under her belt, and Plastic Moon feels tighter, tauter,…  See more details below

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Madi Diaz is like the Wade Boggs of pop
ock; her songs never swing for the fences, but they always seem to connect. Last time she released a full album, Diaz was an alt-country newcomer doubling as a young college student. This time around, she's a mid-twentysomething road warrior with years of practice under her belt, and Plastic Moon feels tighter, tauter, more cohesive than most sophomore records. Diaz's voice is the best thing here -- it sighs over the melodies one minute and holds long glory notes the next -- but her songwriting keeps the album afloat, running the gamut from lush country balladry ("Love You Now") to heartland rock ("Gimme a Kiss") to slaphappy indie pop ("To Be Alone"). And then there's "Johnny," a modern-day interpretation of the mid-century "teenage tragedy" musical craze that spawned "Leader of the Pack" and "Teen Angel." In Diaz's update, the male character heads off to a street race in the rain, ignoring his lover's pleas to stay at home. The story never gets resolved, but that hardly matters; we've forgotten about Johnny by the time Diaz sings the first chorus in that siren-like voice of hers. This is radio-minded music shot through with enough quirks to keep it unpredictable and constantly interesting, and while Diaz definitely gets some help along the way -- Kyle Ryan deserves special kudos for his songwriting help and sharp, economical guitar riffs -- Plastic Moon still serves as a showcase for her considerable talents.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Small Horse Records
UPC:
0794504828900
catalogNumber:
482890

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madi Diaz   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Taps
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
John Alagia   Organ
Oliver Kraus   Strings
Zac Rae   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Noise
Pete McNeil   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,Taps
Peter Groenwald   Background Vocals
Adam Popick   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,megaphone,Taps
Mitch Jones   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Taps
Kyle Ryan   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Chimes,Vocals,Hand Clapping,megaphone,Taps,Electronic Mandolin,Plucked Piano,Yells

Technical Credits

Jon Kaplan   Engineer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Daniel Tashian   Composer
Rob Evans   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer
Garrison Starr   Composer
Tim Lauer   Composer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Joe Stark   Composer
Thad Cockrell   Composer
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Paul Moak   Composer
Pete McNeil   Sound Effects,Additional Music
Mat Maitland   Art Direction
Madi Diaz   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Atmosphere,Additional Music
Adam Popick   Sound Effects,Engineer,Additional Music
Nolan Sipe   Engineer
Mitch Jones   Sound Effects,Additional Music
Kyle Ryan   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Additional Music
Markus Karlsson   Art Direction
Topher Brown   Composer
Ty Stiklorius   Management
Fleurette Vincent   Booking

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