- Poetry and Aeroplanes
By Tim Byrnes
Now That's What I Call Pop
Ordinarily my musical heart lies in anger.
My tastes usually run toward the dark end of the street where ruined lives
are celebrated loudly and with a literary flair, more Quentin Tarantino
than John Hughes if you get my drift. But sometimes one needs to back away
from the battle with self that the absorption of all things feedback and
hatred represents. It's at such times that I reach for CDs that offers
sonic solace without resorting to the Don't worry-be happy' vibe of most
pop music. Most recently Sigur Ros' () has been my audio-health-spa of
choice but since Keavin hipped me to Poetry and Aeroplanes by Danish wunderkind
Teitur Lassen, I've been soaking in a new spring.
Ably assisted by the inventive rhythm section
of Pino Palladino on bass and Matt Chamberlain on drums, along with the
multi-talented Patrick Warren on keys, this 25 year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist
from Denmark's Faroe Islands has created a work of quiet strength and beauty,
fraught with portent of good things to come.
Lush melodies are supported by clever (but
not for the sake of clever) chord changes, unexpected twists and a remarkably
organic melding of various, disparate influences. Cole Porter classic pop
moves, timeless folk melodies wrapped in a chamber music warmth of the
holy drone of acoustic guitars, chamberlains, celestas and harpsichords.
Impeccably and seamlessly produced by Rupert
Hine, Poetry and Aeroplanes has a romantic intelligence about it that never
resorts to the false sentimentality of the power ballad. Much of the subject
matter here involves that old standby Love and it's cousins Loss and Yearning,
a road very well traveled indeed, but Lassen's lyrical touch is as deft
as his far-ranging musicianship.
He plows past all the pitfalls of the lonely
rocker on the road song when, bemoaning the fact of physical separation
from his loved one he fairly whispers I think about long distance rates
instead of kissing you.' I love the pragmatism of that, it's that kind
of detail, that unexpected take on a well-worn song subject that rings
a bell of truth and can take all of us, me and you, on the road with a
love-lorn. Literate heart.
Now, most days will still find me turning
to music for the scream and not the dream, but the next time my soul wants
a little traveling music, I'm sure to reach for this CD.
- Poetry and Aeroplanes
Sleeping With The Lights On
I Was Just Thinking
You're The Ocean
Poetry & Aeroplanes
One And Only
Rough Around The Edges
Let's Go Dancing
Shade Of A Shadow
To Meet You
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