Brian Charles Tischleder is an artist who recently released Momma Told Me So. It took me about thirty seconds or so after listening to the title track that I was thinking he sounded somewhere between Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Tom Waits in the vocal department. Waits, Cave and Cohen get lumped together because they have both sounded old since they were young.
I have no idea how old Tischleder is and didn’t even bother to look at a picture because I didn’t want to know but he has a similar inflection. There is a pained baritone that makes Waits, Cave and Cohen so appealing and I would say the same thing goes for Tischleder.
The vocals felt like the main attraction to the music for me but the instrumentation is really good as well. There is a mix of guitars, orchestral strings, percussion and more which create impressive arrangements.
There is also a range of emotions on this album. You could argue the more melancholy tracks like “Memphis” are the best. This song is fairly subtle and really allows the vocals to breath. The song has a gospel foundation and I don’t think anyone would have any qualms with singing this at a Sunday morning service. It's soulful, heartfelt and tender. This is again showcased on the beautiful “In Your City” and “Walking on a Wire” which felt like the highlights to me.
The only thing oddly enough that didn’t sit well with me was the album cover art. There is a vicious dog barking and that to me translated a feeling of fear and aggression. Those were not feelings I had when listening to this music. If anything it was hopeful, comforting and warm. Take a listen.
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