IN STORE PERFORMANCE:
HIGGINS WATERPROOF BLACK MAGIC BAND
FEATURING TV ON THE RADIO'S Tunde Adebimpe
3 p.m. April 27 at the Downtown Portland Store: 1313 W Burnside
After releasing the one-off track "Mercy" this summer, TV on the Radio are slowly starting to make some noise following a relatively quiet period. Frontman Tunde Adebimpe stayed busy by recording the self-titled debut EP for his side project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band.
The first taste of that album is "The Blast, the Bloom," a brooding track that finds Adebimpe singing over fewer electronic sounds than TVOTR, with a menacing bass groove and some far-out guitar work that accentuates his stark vocals. The band released the EP on October 1 via their own label, ZNA Records, available only on vinyl.
In addition to Adebimpe, the band's members are Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf and Cub), Josh Werner (Lee "Scratch" Perry, CocoRosie), and Alex Holden (Big Numbers).
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Raised in St. Louis, Missouri and later relocating to Chicago, Illinois, indie folk singer/songwriter Angel Olsen began performing in St. Louis coffee shops in her teenage years, eventually branching out and tapping into a network of like-minded artists. With Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Olsen expands in all directions, fully reaching the depth of expression while still lingering in the restlessness and searching feelings that make all of her work so captivating. Production work from John Congelton adds a different dimension to Olsen's sound, and many of the songs are bolstered with tasteful playing from drummer Josh Jaeger and bassist Stewart Bronaugh, as well as touches of organ, piano, and other various supportive sounds. More than anything, however, the heightened production and instrumentation just help to show how much Olsen's songs have grown and how confident she's become as a performer, even in the space of one album. While still bearing some similarities to Roy Orbison or lesser-known mid-'90s indie singer Edith Frost, Olsen's voice feels more fearlessly her own here, stepping out of the muted shadows to bellow and wail like some wild hybrid of PJ Harvey and Emmylou Harris on a rocking track like "Forgiven/Forgotten" or the more country-seeped "Hi-Five." The heartbreaking seven-minute dirge "White Fire" follows obviously in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen, but manages to succeed in its ambitious tribute, dire and personal rather than simple mimicry. The song's multi-tracked vocals and pained melody get into different territory than anything else on the record, leaving the door open for what's to come next and suggesting that Olsen will continue to push her development exponentially with her next album.~Fred Thomas, allmusic.com