New Music For Old People: Elbow, Owen Pallett, Avery*Sunshine



Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “Fly Boy Blue” — Elbow

This English band has been making albums since 2001. On this track they’re kinda reminiscent of 10CC in concept and delivery. And that’s not a bad thing. It grows on me with each play and I really enjoy the brass interludes.

Sponsored link (story continues below)

2. “I Am Not Afraid” — Owen Pallett

Here’s a brash Canadian composer-violinist-keyboardist-vocalist and film scorer who commands one’s attention instantly. Using electronica methodology, Owen plays the violin into loop pedals onstage and creates an entire string section through thought-out programming. This is a nice composition, well sung and played with tasty production. Oh, I forgot to mention that Owen was nominated for a freaking Academy Award (!) for the score he and William Butler wrote for the film Her. I don’t think this guy has anything to be afraid of at this moment.

3. “See You When I Get There” — Avery*Sunshine

In a recent interview Avery said two of her biggest inspirations were The Clark Sisters and Donny Hathaway. I had already selected this track before I read that, but at that moment I truly understood why I liked it so much. I share that inspiration with her and I had the thrill of Donny recording one of my songs. This woman is mighty fine and I am an instant fan of her writing, singing and especially her piano-playing. Check it out.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *