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Game of Monogamy
     

The Game of Monogamy

by Tim Kasher
 

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The great American novel, an unobtainable dream for so many writers, exists in the music world as well, though the zeitgeist is often less an issue. Cultural and political relevancy (in song) pale in comparison to the eternal battle between love and heartbreak, and every songwriter takes up his or her pen/computer keyboard to join the battle at some point in their

Overview

The great American novel, an unobtainable dream for so many writers, exists in the music world as well, though the zeitgeist is often less an issue. Cultural and political relevancy (in song) pale in comparison to the eternal battle between love and heartbreak, and every songwriter takes up his or her pen/computer keyboard to join the battle at some point in their careers. Cursive/Good Life frontman Tim Kasher's solo debut takes a cinematic approach to the concept, crafting an ambitious, indie rock/orchestral song cycle that chronicles the journey from hopeless romantic to lost, wilderness-bound adult. It's a subject matter he has visited before, but never with such a fine-toothed comb. Musically, Kasher is all over the place, laying down enough staccato horn sections, sweeping strings, and quirky time signatures to give Sufjan Stevens a run for his money. What the Game of Monogamy occasionally lacks in hooks, it more than makes up for in style. Kasher's conversational tone, used to great effect in the ballads "Strays," a lament to outsider youth on the precipice of adulthood, and "The Prodigal Husband," an emotionally-charged, last-chance plea for reconciliation, keep the listener engaged throughout the 11 tightly woven tracks. The flow is effortless, the angst is real, and the songs are lovingly performed, which is all one can really ask from any stab at the unobtainable.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
Label:
Saddle Creek
UPC:
0648401015225
catalogNumber:
10152

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Performance Credits

Tim Kasher   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Peggy Young   Harp
A.J. Mogis   Cymbals,Timpani
Nate Lepine   Saxophone
Cory Gray   Trumpet
Nick Broste   Trombone
Matt Maginn   Bass
Erin Tate   Drums
Kelsey Crawford   Background Vocals
Greg Grant   Saxophone
Patrick Newbery   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Trumpet,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Mellotron,Shaker,Wood Block,Synthesizer Bass,Toy Piano
Amy Ponich   Cello
Jenanne Solberg   Viola
Hank Handford   Trombone
Kelly West   Horn,Background Vocals
Geoffrey Dolce   Violin,Noise
Amy Jean Burdo   Background Vocals
Beth Pirrie   Flute
Reid Marley   Oboe
Sam Taylor   Violin

Technical Credits

Brett Allen   Engineer
Tim Kasher   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Zack Nipper   Artwork
Cory Gray   Engineer
Nick Broste   Engineer
Patrick Newbery   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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