Pin It
Favourite

Smokin' Contra Band 

Slim Pickins (CBC)

CBC Studio H has played host to many local artists' album-making. Smokin' Contra Band checked in as one of the latest to work with producer Glenn Meisner and Patrick Martin, who records and mixes. The Meisner/Martin sound favours a polished, balanced mix. On Slim Pickins, the ragged edges of a fun, feisty folk/traditional band disappear. Too often Smokin' Contra Band sound restrained, sewn up too tight, when they're likely not playing that way. Take the second track, "Pig in the City," for example: While it's a searing song about growing condo-gentrification, commercialization and political machinations that pivots on Amy Lounder's excellent voice and fiddle-playing, the anger of the allegory is lost. All types of tone (room, instrumental, emotional, whatever) have to sync up.

Pin It
Favourite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Sean Flinn

Trending in the Alternative Press

.SpecialPlacement>Home

Survey Asks

What's your favourite spot to swim in HRM?

  • Chocolate Lake
  • Conrad's Beach
  • Halifax Harbour
  • Crystal Crescent Beach
  • Lake Banook

View Results

The Scene

More »

In Print This Week

Vol 27, No 12
August 15, 2019

Cover Gallery »


Real Time Web Analytics

© 2019 Coast Publishing Ltd.