a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* Oreskaband – Oreskaband (ska)
Peppy, horn-driven, dance-friendly music as played by a group of hypertalented Japanese schoolgirls. Oreskaband are every bit as good as the best American ska. Energetic and fun.
* Eisley – Combinations (rock)
Vocal duets cry across a somber rock soundscape. Reverb-laden guitar work supported by piano and an occasional xylophone or hammered dulcimer gives an ethereal feel to an enticing group of songs.
Seldom Scene – Scenechronized (bluegrass)
Thick harmony singing distinguishes these veteran pickers, making characteristic bluegrass sound a little less lonesome. The band interprets a tasty array of classic
Blaqk Audio – CexCells (dance)
If you’ve been holding onto a battered cassette of Depeche Mode’s Violator since sophomore year, this is your new favorite band. Blaqk Audio churns out infectious electronic dance tracks for the black-clad euro-club scene.
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation