"Slighter Awake" CD
Genre: folk-rock, Americana
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.
"favorite fotos" live,
"my first ocean" live
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by