Sound Check: February 2008

On the other side of the spectrum are Michigan duo Fallsway Downs. The lo-fi
recordings on their debut album, Songs
You’ll Like and Sometimes Listen To
, are 12 self-released songs of acoustic
guitar and drums. Vocalist Jess Klein sings about the women in her life,
whether they are coming, going or staying just to pass the time. They are
coffeehouse pop, but the CD has a little too much of it — if it were an EP, it
would be a little easier to digest (especially with one track, "Charades,"
totaling 10 minutes and 50 seconds).

The second track, "Come Early," shows off the
goods: "This bed that we lie in is unfit for two, so move closer, move
closer." It’s repetitive in the catchiest way possible, a call for a lady
friend to "come over, come often, come early." However, half the
tracks remain rather repetitive in a boring way. Fallsway Downs have some
growing to do, but there is some hope for them to get out of Midwestern cafes
in the future.

Fallsway Downs’
You’ll Like and Sometimes Listen To


News and Notes

Tegan and Sara are the
hardest working twins in show business. They’ve just announced the next leg of
their U.S.
tour for the rest of the winter and early spring. The best part is that they’re
bringing along Australian duo, An Horse, whose front woman, Kate
Cooper, is an out lesbian and also a member of the band Iron On, whose EP
I reviewed last month.

Tegan and Sara (L) and Kate Cooper of An Horse (R)

Kaki King releases her new
album, Dreaming of Revenge, on March
11 and has also announced tour dates in support. We’ll have a review of the
album and an interview with the guitar virtuoso next month.

The Cliks and Melissa Etheridge have been nominated for
GLAAD media awards in the Music Artist category.

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