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Ain't Too Bright
     

Ain't Too Bright

by Electric Owls
 
In an act of self-preservation, the Comas took a well-deserved break in 2007, leaving Andrew Herod free to leave New York in pursuit of non-musical endeavors. Spending time in North Carolina, California, and various states in between, Herod nevertheless found himself drawn back to music, prompting a new round of songwriting and the

Overview

In an act of self-preservation, the Comas took a well-deserved break in 2007, leaving Andrew Herod free to leave New York in pursuit of non-musical endeavors. Spending time in North Carolina, California, and various states in between, Herod nevertheless found himself drawn back to music, prompting a new round of songwriting and the subsequent formation of the Electric Owls. Recorded with a wide cast of indie rock veterans, Ain't Too Bright is the product of Herod's wanderings and eventual relocation to Asheville, NC, whose mountainous surroundings and unique, hippie/indie culture can be heard on the album's acoustic numbers. Songs like "Darken Me," "Haint in a Holler," and "Kallispell" are rooted in the classic guitar 'n' vocals approach, with various orchestral flourishes (including analog synthesizer and hammered dulcimer) adding psychedelic gauze to the mix. Elsewhere, Herod embraces every nook and cranny of his muse, from the breezing power pop of "Halloween Mask" to the expansive "Magic Show," which combines Arcade Fire's zealous attack with the buzz of '80s keyboards. Such a quirky, diverse foundation is held together by Herod's voice, a chameleonic tenor that's capable of crooning and yelping in equal measure. Contributions from members of the Gutter Twins and Archers of Loaf don't hurt, of course, but Ain't Too Bright is still Herod's baby, an engaging debut (of sorts) that stands alongside his best work with the Comas.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Vagrant Records
UPC:
0601091053229
catalogNumber:
532

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Performance Credits

Electric Owls   Primary Artist
Steve Wilmans   Vocals
Matt Gentling   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Jon Ashley   Glockenspiel,Piano (Grand)
Jason Caperton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cully Symington   Percussion,Drums
Jessica Tomasin   Vocals
Courtney White   Vocals
Mary Sparks   Hammered Dulcimer
James Dedakis   Percussion
Eryn Johnson   Vocals
Andy Herod   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Matthew Long   Electric Guitar,E-bow

Technical Credits

Jon Ashley   Audio Production
Julian Dreyer   Audio Production
Electric Owls   Audio Production
Andy Herod   Composer

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