The 442’s: s/t (self-released, 2014)

August 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The 442's: s/t

The 442’s: s/t

As the map and compass inside the CD packaging clearly show, this band is charting their own course. It’s hard to even know what to file them under, as the string quartet format suggests 21st century classical, but they draw influence from jazz, folk, Gypsy music, Irish reels, and a multitude of other influences. Really tight, complex musicianship on all acoustic instruments. The accordion and piano on “Great Blue C” are really nice. “Heston’s” is pretty. “Social JustUs” has a nice counterpoint between accordion and multiple string instruments, which are sometimes panned left-right. “Chime” does indeed have some chimes. “Chelsea” has some nice whistling. Honestly, the tracks with vocals kind of turn me off. Otherwise, it’s an intriguing, adventurous album. Available on Bandcamp.

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