I have to do all these things and I can’t just shut myself away for days and time and really focus.SO I had to learn how to write in small increments and return to my train of thought.The evocation of solitude in a crowded club links it back to his atomic self-pitying from , he wields populist observation like a politician, trying to utilize his homespun wisdom from an elevated plane.Over a decade ago, he claimed “There is no truth, there is only you/ And what you make the truth”, and that sounds more convincing than his attempts to convey his own version of the truth as the genuine article.She said ‘yeah but every one reads that’.”Maria’s first band Little Red Rocket signed with Geffen Records when Maria was 15 and after Geffen’s famous merger with Universal found the band lost in the shuffle, Little Red Rocket broke up and Maria formed Azure Ray and signed to Saddle Creek in Omaha, Nebraska.From my distance, and despite my love for Maria, Bright Eyes, Cursive and others, I’ve always considered the label very difficult and stand offish. He’s been a musician in the public eye for nearly half of his life, and over the past decade, he’d be most accurately described as a folk artist.His latest album is being released on Nonesuch, a label whose release slate includes the Black Keys, Natalie Merchant, and Nickel Creek.
The moment you hear Oberst sing, though, you will forget every single one of these facts and remember every positive negative association you have with Bright Eyes instead*—*there’s just no mistaking him for anyone else at this point, and it’s unclear how he feels about that.
Earlier in his career, his tremble, quaver and vibrato were seen as affectations of an amateur, but here they're all confidently and carefully utilized like a mastered instrument.
For the most part, it gives character to gauzy C&W like “Double Life” and the chugga-chugga festival-folk of “Zigzagging Toward The Light”, but he still has a way of throwing in awkward phrases that stick in your craw like popcorn kernels*—*“Snickers bar”, “Japanese arcade”, “Klonopin eyes”, and the pronunciation of “parlour trick” to sound like “politrick.” One line in particular stands out*—*“I stole all the rhinestones from Carolina/ And sold them out in Bakersfield for cash.” Maybe it’s playing to against type as the rambling folk artist, since Carolina and Bakersfield are as real as it gets, even if they’re being used as placeholders.
Growing up my Dad was a huge Beatles fan so even before I could talk I was constantly hearing Beatles songs and their melodies are incredible. There are simple rules to this rock writing and rule # 2 clearly states that you are not allowed to be mean to Maria Taylor. They used to just write negative things and they’d write things like ‘this person came out to a Maria Taylor show for some reason, he must have been bored’ Comments like that.
I think that’s where I get the way I structure songs, my pop sense, melodies and just like hooks when it comes to melody and words, just musical hooks. I don’t know if maternity has softened her, or if I just caught her in a good mood, but believe me, she is a very nice woman and it is easy to like her because it is not possible to dislike a songwriter who breathes melody. This is what the planks had to say about Maria’s excellent “Taylor’s strengths and weaknesses are completely exposed on the album, most notably her tendency to focus on melody and allow the instrumentation to mire in the background.” Focus on melody a weakness? And now for the past three or four years they just pass on everything.“My friend Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray), she got a review from Pitchfork and it really upset her and we were living in L. together and she called me, ‘I am just really bummed, I just put my heart into this and I’m really upset’.