Sound the Hare Heard

The Sound the Hare Heard

     
 
The Kill Rock Stars label has already released two collections that highlighted lesser-known indie artists (2002's Fields and Streams and 2004's Tracks and Fields), so the idea for The Sound the Hare Heard isn't particularly new for them. But this time, the compilation, besides

Overview

The Kill Rock Stars label has already released two collections that highlighted lesser-known indie artists (2002's Fields and Streams and 2004's Tracks and Fields), so the idea for The Sound the Hare Heard isn't particularly new for them. But this time, the compilation, besides its lack of a pastorally themed title, focuses solely on singer/songwriters, softer music that recalls Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. The Sound the Hare Heard, whose title comes from a Buddhist parable about the panic a hare causes in the jungle when he (falsely) believes he has heard the beginning of the end of the world, isn't a showcase of Kill Rock Stars' bands -- in fact, many of the artists included are signed to competing labels. Instead, it's a rather pretty, carefully chosen, introspective collection of songs about fear, strength, love, anger, thought and beauty, and the subtleties that exist within those entities. The pieces are very unobtrusive, which forces the listener to reflect upon them and not just allow them to take up space in the background. Some of the musicians included, like Sufjan Stevens ("Adlai Stevenson" is from his upcoming The Avalanche album), Colin Meloy, or Imaad Wasif, are already quite well-established, while others, like Essie Jain or Lauren Hoffman, are just emerging, but they all contribute equally affecting tracks. While there is a general quiet, clean feel that connects the songs on the album, labelhead Slim Moon selected music that stays within these constraints while still exploring a variety of different sounds and influences. Laura Veirs' "Cast a Hook in Me" is poppy and almost mischievous, while Simone White's indie-folk quasi-protest song, "American War," is witty, provocative, and effective without being angry or disillusioned. The Great Lake Swimmers offer the Neil Young-esque "Where in the World Are You Now," whose echoey, layered vocal tracks emphasize the sadness already existent in the song, and Danielle Howle's dark Southern "Kill My Love for You" is plaintive and ominous, with hints of tango and jazz. It's a diverse, interesting mix, with individual parts that work well by themselves, and as part of the whole. By naming the album The Sound the Hare Heard, Slim Moon is reminding his listeners to not fall deafly into rampant trends, but to truly consider what they are listening to, and the songs on this compilation definitely provoke that kind of behavior. It's not music to play in order to enhance a mood; it's music to play to create a way of thinking that will hopefully lead to greater self- and world-understanding.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Kill Rock Stars
UPC:
0759656044929
catalogNumber:
449
Rank:
254539

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Swanson   Bass
Danielle Howle   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lauren Hoffman   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
David Jorgensen   Trumpet
Tony Crow   Piano
Tucker Martine   Track Performer
Frank Stewart   Track Performer
Jeff Hanson   Track Performer
Brent Jones   Track Performer
Marc Fellis   Flute,Drums
Pete Donnelly   Bass,Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Jesse Flavin   Track Performer
Dion Fischer   Electric Bass
Corrina Repp   Piano,Vocals
Laura Veirs   Track Performer
Joel Thibodeau   Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Warn Defever   Acoustic Guitar
Amanda Kapousouz   Track Performer
Colin Meloy   Track Performer
Imaad Wasif   Track Performer
Joe Haege   Organ,Drums,Stick
Joel B. Cannon   Slide Guitar
Carolyn Berk   Track Performer
Daniel Rickard   Track Performer
Nedelle Torrisi   Track Performer
William Tyler   Guitar
Thao Nguyen   Track Performer
Brian Kotzur   Drums
Owen McCarthy   Guitar,Vocals
Essie Jain   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Krist Krueger   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tom Herbers   Engineer
Mark Nevers   Engineer
Danielle Howle   Composer,Producer
Lauren Hoffman   Composer
Tucker Martine   Producer
Frank Stewart   Producer
Jeff Hanson   Composer
Steve Slavich   Producer
Pete Donnelly   Producer,Engineer
Dion Fischer   Producer
Sufjan Stevens   Composer,Engineer
Aliccia Berg   Composer
Corrina Repp   Composer
Laura Veirs   Composer
Joel Thibodeau   Composer,Producer
Warn Defever   Engineer
Colin Meloy   Composer
Imaad Wasif   Composer
Joe Haege   Producer,Engineer
Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice   Composer
Carolyn Berk   Composer
Nedelle Torrisi   Engineer
Thao Nguyen   Composer
Owen McCarthy   Composer
Essie Jain   Producer
Wooden Wand   Producer
Krist Krueger   Composer,Producer

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