Touch Up

Touch Up

by Mother Mother


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Touch Up

A remixed, resequenced version of what had been Mother Mother's D.I.Y. self-titled debut from 2006, Touch Up is an engagingly quirky folk-rock record strongly reminiscent of both the Roches and the trio's Vancouver compatriots the Be Good Tanyas. The biggest difference is that one-third of the trio, singer-guitarist Ryan Guldemond, is a boy-type person with a voice considerably less sweet than those of his sister Molly Guldemond and family friend Debra-Jean Creelman: his yelping leads on "Verbatim" and "Neighbour" show why Molly and Debra-Jean's close harmonies are the dominant factor here. But as long as the girls are handling the lead vocals, the songs on Touch Up are charmingly jagged bits of alt-folk very much akin to the Roches' '70s and '80s flirtations with art rock, new wave and modern jazz. The title track in particular, a pop
ock gem with slightly neurotic lyrics about makeovers, would fit perfectly on the New York sisters' albums. On its own merits, Touch Up has its flaws -- Ryan's weak lead vocals, some distractingly gimmicky vocal arrangements that seem to be hiding the album's less melodically developed songs -- but they're offset by the trio's likeably odd lyrical obsessions and playful ease.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Last Gang Records
UPC: 0060270093928
catalogNumber: 200939
Rank: 175830


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mother Mother   Primary Artist
Phil Comparelli   Trumpet
Kurt Dahle   Drums
Howard Redekopp   Bass
David Spidel   Bass,Double Bass
Kenton Loewen   Drums,Group Member
Ryan Guldemond   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Molly Guldemond   Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Page   Bass,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Howard Redekopp   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Shawn Penner   Engineer
Mother Mother   Composer,Audio Production
Molly Guldemond   Artwork
Jeremy Page   Artwork

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