Needle Songs Your Mother Never Sang
By Marcus Pan
Needles a nice slow
moving shoegazery collection, poetic in its make-up and very soft and chillful.
It comes across as a downbeat coffee house sound, dubbed Lo-fi apartment
rock combined with minimalist art rock. It doesnt stray
too far into the artsy-fartsy vagueness and pretention Ive seen at times,
and instead remains more palatable and comfortable.
The two prime members of Needle are multi-instrumentalists,
combined with soft female vocals by Julie Cornett. She also handles keys,
drums, xylophone and guitar while Steven Becks guitar, bass, drums,
keyboard and xylophone are utilized as well.
The opening Its No Secret is soft and strummy,
almost fuzzy, with angelic lyrics by Julie and slow movements. The trend
continues, getting a bit deeper and brooding with On the Run though
Julies voice attempts to keep it from spiraling into a depressive pit of
angst and melancholy.
The loping mope of Good Intentions threatens to
darken your mood, but somehow Julies vocals again trace a bit of light
heartedness into even the mopiest of rhythms. Start gets extremely
poetic in its recitation and brightens the mood a bit. I really like the
childlike overtones of Black Holes, somewhat reminiscent of Bel
Cantos Magic Box, though certainly softer in tone. The Best
is Yet to Come has a feeling of being lost adrift somewhere.
I dont mind Songs Your Mother Never Sang You so
much, but I really have to be in the mood for the lo-fi chill out thing.
Its not my everyday fare, but a nice chill down atmosphere can be created
with Needle. As I finish up this review I am in a bit of an upbeat sort of
mood, so getting into Songs Your Mother Never Sang You is a bit tough,
but the music is a soothing concoction of poetics, soft guitars and percussion
done in a sit-in folky lo-fi style that fans of Mazzy Star, Chocolate
Grinder, etc. would certainly dig.
Post: 2033 Ralston Ave. #50, Belmont, CA, 94002, USA
 I wrote about
this release in Legends #90.
Oceans was done way back in Legends
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