Album Review

One A.M. Radio, The – “this too will pass ” – [Dangerbird Records]

cujo   3/20/2007   12-inch, A Library

“Singer/songwriter/composer/beatmaker” Hrishikesh Hirway is back with another handful of songs revealing the world of introspection available in the microcosm of a single memory. Recorded all over the world over the last three years, many ingredients are pieced together, especially: cello, lonely drums, some laptop beats, horns (the ones he brought for his KFJC live set in Spring 2006), some Santaolallian guitar picking, and hefty servings of wordless Aaa-aaa-aah choruses. See the opening track for the deftest combination of all of the above. His voice is cool and quiet, and doubled or tripled to soften it up even further. To demand more in the way of vocal delivery would be to pull the songs out of their ambiguity; are we eavesdropping on Hirway’s regrets or is he sharing life/love lessons with us? No doubt, his heart is on his sleeve. This is what the French would call pathetique.

picks: 1,3,7,8,10,12

-Cujo, KFJC, March 2007

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