Josh Kanter wanted to hear a certain kind of music. So, he wrote and recorded it the way that he would want to hear it. Kanter (vocals/guitar/piano/bass) is supported by friends and fellow musicians Josh Cohen (bass), Marshall Biever (bass), Chris Galeone (trumpet), Arafat Kazi (drums/percussion) and the group called on Josh Castaneda to mix and master their EP BLISHOO!!.
An upbeat yet relaxed listen, fans of mid-’90s alternative along the lines of Cracker, Silverchair and the Foo Fighters, or late ‘60s blues-pop acts like The Box Tops, The Yardbirds, The Kinks or The Byrds will find this right at home in their respective rotations.
The opening track “Tried Too Hard” opens with an introduction by the piano, soon to be joined by the bass and drums. A guitar comes with the lyrics, and the song takes off. While it never goes beyond the initial brisk pace that it begins at, the layers created by the instruments joining and leaving for the different sections of the song creates and atmosphere of urgency.
The song cruises forward at highway speeds, without the fear that the direction of the music might veer off the road and crash. This dynamic is consistent throughout the EP, letting the listener hear the distinct accents of each of the sections of each of the songs. With the transitions and the stories told by the lyrics, this almost 25-minute effort can become a very involved listen.
BLISHOO!! was recorded in Boston by Kanter and friends, but the mixing was done in Austin, Texas. The band, according to Kanter is “located in [his] tiny, human-sized doghouse of an apartment in Boston.” His goal was to write music that he would want to listen to. I think the goal has more than been achieved, the EP is full of music that anyone would want to listen to. It can be a flat listen as background ambience, or a full focused listening session that is spent paying attention to each transition and vocal line. Any way that you chose to listen, you’ll be sure to enjoy what BLISHOO!! has to offer.
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