The Bitter Tears - Jam Tarts In The Jakehouse download album
Jam Tart. inds The Bitter Tears treading the path of least resistance. If you were to attempt to classify them, you’d probably plump for country/folk, but there are so many genre elements that make an appearance, it seems little more than an arbitrary gesture to pigeon hole them. Despite a dizzying array of instrumentation, what The Bitter Tears do so well, is keep it simple. The arrangements are pretty basic, which has to be applauded. They take these bare bones, and dress them with string sections, and parps of brass.
Jam Tarts In The Jake utilizes smart and direct Pop structures to drive the menacing, old-school Country twang of the songs. Known for being over-the-top, the ironic simplicity employed on tracks like 'Slay The Heart Of The Earth' showcase the band's conviction. Just as in their live show, no one breaks character. Vinyl LP pressing of this 2009 release. Jam Tarts In The Jake utilizes smart and direct Pop structures to drive the menacing, old-school Country twang of the songs. Bitter Tears releases a new title, album. the price for Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse drops.
The Bitter Tears have built up a hearty reputation in its hometown of Chicago for their unbridled live shows, full of pomp and pageantry and horn flourishes. The vibrancy is set to wax with 2009’s JAM TARTS IN THE JAKEHOUSE, an LP that, while the band is known for goofiness, does not skimp on the reverently beautiful darkness. The four-piece band mixes old-school country, otherworldly percussion, wandering Mariachi horns, and playfully fascinating rhythms on an entrancing coming-out ball of a record.
The Bitter Tears’ adaptability to a variety of genres led in the past to songs that fell more or less into those categories, with a decidedly cabaret twist inspired by the band’s biggest hero, Kurt Weill. Here was a Mexican waltz, there a western saloon-burner, a fucked-up show tune, or a gloriously foul drinking song. On Jam Tarts, the distinctions are blurred and more difficult to distill. The second half of Jam Tarts houses most of the album’s more experimental songs. The Companion vacillates between a spoken/barked narrative (think Black Francis talking to Preachy Preach about kissy-kiss) over an ominous groove, and intense yet melodic screams. The closer, Worthless Sleaze, is a stew of brass, handclaps, and falsetto crooning that defies category but is nonetheless catchy and even danceable.
The album utilizes smart and direct pop structures to drive the menacing, old-school country twang of the songs. Known for being over-the-top, the ironic simplicity employed on tracks like Slay The Heart Of The Earth showcase the band s conviction. The raw material for the record was written late at night and early in the morning, with a threepenny orchestra s worth of instruments to help the process along. The result sounds antique, without sounding antiquated. thank God for the creative, uber-feisty cabaret edge on this local band's country-fried rock 'n' roll.
|Slay The Heart Of The Earth|
|The Love Letter|
|SAKI 044||The Bitter Tears||Jam Tarts In The Jakehouse (LP, Album)||Carrot Top Records||SAKI 044||US||2008|
|SAKI 044||The Bitter Tears||Jam Tarts In The Jakehouse (CD, Album, Dig)||Carrot Top Records||SAKI 044||US||2008|