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Erie Choir

"Slighter Awake" CD

Sit-n-Spin Records

Genre: folk-rock, Americana

June 2008

Erie Choir play Americana-styled folk-rock reminiscent of The Minus 5, Calexico, and Okkervil River. This is very competent stuff, with many songs reveling in a wistful, calming sound that really grabs the ear. Nowhere is this more evident than on dark and unconventional "Favorite Fotos" and the uplifting "Immigrant Song." My principal qualm is that sometimes lead singer Eric's grainy vocals sound weak in contrast to the more dramatic instrumentation ("The Ballad of Erie Choir," "When It's Done"). Fortunately, it's the strength of the compositions that save the day, with much of this album proving that Erie Choir are a pretty damn good band. For the most part, the longing, slower songs are a bit more successful than some of the more energetic and peppy ones on Slighter Awake - hence, you can expect plenty of melodramatic mixtape fodder. Perfect for autumn.

mp3: favorite fotos


youuuuuuuutube!: "favorite fotos" live, "my first ocean" live

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2007]