Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- FALL HORSIE -- Devil (E) Durge

Fall Horsie
Youth Club Records
Now there are CDs that are tough to slot into easy to understand categories, and Fall Horsie is certainly one of those.To begin with Fall Horsie is essentially Justin Karas, who supplies vocals, as well as playing piano, guitar and accordion. He also wrote all the songs here. The CD lives and dies with Karas.In most cases it lives by virtue of its diversified nature.Let's start with the instrumentation which includes Anna Sophia Vuckovich on violin, Amber Phelps Bondaroff on viola, and Nathan Cameron on trombone, with Adam O'Reilly adding percussion. If that mix sounds decidedly classical, you're right. There is a definite feel of a modernistic chamber quintet here.While the music has a classic under current, Fall Horsie, adds elements that includes a twist of jazz, and the tempo of ragtime, mixing the finished sound to become something that really crosses a range of styles.For example Horse On The Boulevard has a very 1920's sound, whereas Hornets and Bees is much more pure in its classical sound.Lyrically, Karas is a pop/folkie. He puts together what is very much modern, free form poetry, and weaves his somewhat fantastical stories with the neo-classic music. The result is rather compelling in its freshness.It's all a rather unique musical presentation, one which makes you want to sit back and experience the journey they take you on. In some regards this CD reminds me of the movie Big Fish, wildly fantastical, yet somehow proven to be true at the end. So fresh, it should be sought out and enjoyed. Check it out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 12, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

1 comment:

Andy said...