Beginning today, I’m lucky enough to have Megan Dervin-Ackerman contributing to the blog. Megan is a music discovery machine, and has been my go-to source for new music since we met. Although this is not, and will never be, a “music blog”, her recommendations are just too solid to keep to myself.
Megan will be sharing her favorite new album on the first and third Sunday of each month. Each post will be categorized as “Megan’s Pick”, so you can click that on the sidebar and see them accumulate. You can also find Megan on Twitter here. So, without further ado, here is the first installment of “Megan’s Pick”.
Artist: Little Green Cars
Album: Absolute Zero
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Glassnote Records (US) | Island Records (UK)
Key Tracks: “Harper Lee, “The John Wayne”, “My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me”
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Ever since seeing Little Green Cars perform “The John Wayne” on Balcony TV London back in December, I have been (im)patiently waiting for their debut album, Absolute Zero, to drop.
Lucky for me, I was able to purchase the album a few days before the official release, when the band played The Sinclair. The first aspect to grasp my attention was the Irish quintet’s impeccably tight vocal harmonies. Their voices blend so well through the whole album, and are presented so strongly that you can’t stop listening. I don’t think there is one song on the album that fails to impress me vocally – then again, with a voice like Faye’s and musicality of all of the five members, it’s no surprise that they’re already earning comparisons to Fleetwood Mac.
The album was produced by Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), and the tracks jump back and forth between what Stevie Appleby, the group’s vocalist/guitarist, calls “two contrasting perspectives: the beauty of a reckless youth and the fear and confusion caused by our ever-pending adulthood.”
Some of the tracks on Absolute Zero are a little reminiscent of Mumford & Sons, but a little more heavily rock-influenced. All in all, it is safe to say that these guys blew me away both live and on their debut album. LGC is definitely a band that is going to be making some big moves this year, so keep your eyes (and ears!) out for them.