Jessamine County Book of the Living

The Jessamine County Book of the Living

by Matt Bauer
     
 

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Brooklyn resident and Kentucky native Matt Bauer looks back at his childhood home on his second album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living. "The Living" mostly seem to be animals, as Bauer describes and sings from the point of view of mockingbirds, tics, wolves, and deer, to cite only references in

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Brooklyn resident and Kentucky native Matt Bauer looks back at his childhood home on his second album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living. "The Living" mostly seem to be animals, as Bauer describes and sings from the point of view of mockingbirds, tics, wolves, and deer, to cite only references in song titles. The slow, considered musical arrangements are based on Bauer's own banjo or guitar picking, but they expand to include a ten-piece chamber orchestra of strings and horns. This is a vaguely rural species of art song in the music and the esoteric lyrics, its sophistication belied only by the weak link in the music, which is Bauer's own voice. He sings in a raspy tenor, employing a breathy vibrato, as if he couldn't quite gasp enough air to make it to the end of the phrases. He is wise to employ Jolie Holland as a harmony singer and duet partner for most of the disc, but the singing still falls short of the album's musical ambitions.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Crossbill Records
UPC:
0711574685325
catalogNumber:
13
Rank:
239789

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Bauer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Flute,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bells,Vibes,Guitar (Nylon String)
Justin Wood   Flute
Alisa Rose   Violin,String Quartet
Jolie Holland   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hudgins   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Garrett Pierce   Vocals,Voices
Mariee Sioux   Vocals,String Quartet
Jay Foote   Bass
Greg Gheorghiu   Vocals,String Quartet
Jesse Selengut   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Angel Deradoorian   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alex Foote   Electric Guitar
Alina Hardin   Vocals,String Quartet,Vocal Harmony
Nathan Koci   French Horn
Michelle Kwon   Cello
Alexa Beattie   Viola
Alex Hudgins   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Eva Wanta   Voices,String Quartet
Nathan Wanta   Vocals,String Quartet
Natasha Makhijani   Violin

Technical Credits

Matt Bauer   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Cooper McBean   Engineer
Nigel Pavao   Engineer

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