Monday, June 04, 2007

Reviews by former Team Clermont interns



We've got a new feature for you here, one which I hope we'll have more of soon, that involves a former Team Clermont intern reviewing records. We always have fantastic, bright, and overall inspiring people interning for us here, doing things far below what their skills would merit, for little to no recognition. I'm hoping this will give the readers of the 'Cropper an opportunity to get to know these budding, behind the scenes PR stars. Today's review comes from Emma Kiser, currently a resident of Atlanta's finest suburb, Decatur, GA. Emma's reviewing
Tin Cup Prophette's new LP, Liar and the Thief. Check it:

Tin Cup Prophette, the name Amanda Kapousouz gives to her main musical
project, is a concentrative effort with little outside contributors.

With Kapousouz's technical ability and lots of experience performing
solo, there is the potential that her first album "Liar and the Thief"
will sound off balance or narrow; however, it doesn't. Instead, it's
a very natural integration of instruments and sound that maximizes
Kapousouz's strengths without letting them dominate or overcompensate.

Kapousouz's violin is an extension of her self. She engages us with
her quick melodic plucking and accents, occasional wails and
screeches, and low heart-pulling drones, all masterfully woven and
layered through the use of a loop pedal. In its versatility, the
violin does not weigh the album down and feels fresh throughout.
Kapousouz's silky and smokey voice meshes well with the blueish-gray
mood of the album but keeps us above the ground. Her vocals are soft,
soulful and they carry -- a good partner to the thin timbre of a
violin.

Though the voice and violin are the foundations of the album, the
bass, accordion, glockenspiel, keyboard, and hip-hop flavored drums
provide the depth, and are perfectly synchronized and arranged to
create hypnotic, head-nodding, moody, and well textured compositions.
The overall effect is quite visual, a personal and intimate landscape
that conveys the relationship of self and space. The violin, bass,
and Portishead-like beats occasionally evoke a mechanistic image,
especially with the track "Curses on Purses". I imagine the album to
be at times the soundtrack of the dark, eerie yet moving streets of
New York City, where she honed her skills and got the inspiration for
her name, enriched with the folk and heart of Athens (most evident in
the song "Poster").

With "Liar and the Thief", Kapousouz proves her full-band capability,
and I can't wait to see and hear what comes next.

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