Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs

Download: Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs -- "Haymaker Market" MP3
Download: Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs -- "Shepherd's Purse" MP3

Michael Zapruder's complex and emotionally-resonant songs are already causing a stir. The hype is really starting to build on this stuff, both online and in the print media, and it's all completely appropriate. Known as the Rain of Frogs (as in Michael Zapruder's), this unlikely collection of the Bay Area's finest includes Nate Query from the Decemberists, Jonathan Segal from Camper Van Beethoven, Scott Pinkmountain from Pink Mountain, Scott Solter of Tiny Telephone, Jon Bernson from Ray's Vast Basement, and some fifteen others. The new album is called New Ways of Letting Go.

The orchestration is absolutely superb, and the production is perfect: not too slick with great separation. This is the kind of music Sufjan and Andrew Bird get lauded for, and I feel like Michael Zapruder and his Rain of Frogs outfit deserves to be held in the same high esteem. It's intelligent, effortless, never too clever pop music at its best. Highly recommended.

Heck, anybody who cites early BeeGees as an influence is a pal of mine.

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