Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A For Effort

I recommend listening to Earlimart's latest album, Mentor Tormentor, in its entirety rather than in parts. Well, maybe that's because I was formally introduced to the band in concert last night, where they mostly played Mentor tracks. There's a shared character between all of the songs, a minimalism that is perhaps close in likeness to the sleepy California town after which the band was named. But first impressions mask deeper contemplation; lead singer Aaron Espinoza, and singer/bassist Arianna Murray performed with three other band members on stage during the show, and the five alternated between piano, horn, guitar, drum track machine to create a thick and expansive soundscape.

Earlimart – Answers & Questions

Earlimart's multi-instrumentalism and astute attention to detail reminds me of another incredibly talented mellow west-coaster, especially on this track.

Last night at the Earlimart show (Office was also on the bill, and they were loads of fun,) I gained a greater appreciation for what it is that live musicians do. Concert attendance left much to be desired, and yet each group gave it their best, and seemed to have a blast in the process. I guess that's what happens when you do what you truly love. I think I've forgotten how that feels.

The Houston Chronicle interviewed Espinoza just the other day, and here's a recent in-studio session that Earlimart did with Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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