Friday, July 20, 2012

Album Review: 19: Songs For And Inspired By Valencia: Chapter 19

Title:  19: Songs For And Inspired By Valencia: Chapter 19 (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Jen Schande (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Jen Schande’s 19: Songs For And Inspired By Valencia: Chapter 19 is a concept record written in respond to Michelle Tea’s novel Valencia.  Sonically this record is dripping with ‘90s indie rock and riot grrl influence with Schande adding her own unique voice to and take on the genres.  The record has fast aggressive moments (“Intro To A Sinister Smile”), poppy breathy moments (“Nice Fex”), Dirty era Sonic Youth style moments (“Now Is Not The Time For Reticence” and “I Really Like Sonic Youth, And I Really Want To Have Sex With You”), noise pop moments (“Ghost Power”), soft moments (“Sam Vs. The Floor” and “A Different Kind Of Stripped Down (A Different Kind Of Tease)”), and am eight minute long closing number.  What makes 19 work is Schande’s passion and the diversity in the songs.  Sure this is obviously a ‘90s inspired indie rock record but each song has its own subtle nuances that make the record sound fresh.

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