One can find original music if he or she puts his or her mind to it. Reading RREVERB regularly is one good habit to take. 😉 This week, we dive into Alex Izenberg‘s latest album “Harlequin”, published mid November 2016, on Domino Records, home of the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, John Cale, Stephen Malkmus, The Kills, Super Furry Animals and Clinic, to name a few.

Izenberg’s music is very original as it blends very different music currents. His voice sounds a bit like a young Peter Gabriel, and he heavily uses strings (on Libra) to give a classy effect to his electric folk style. He doesn’t hesitate to throw in Asian melodies in his songs, which makes them unique and interesting (Hot is the Fire).

 

“Harlequin” is not an album that regular rock and folk listeners will immediately dig. But music lovers who have been listening to artists like Raz Omaha, Pit er Pat, Sian Alice Group and other art rock ensembles will find Alex Izenberg’s music easily enjoyable as it has a lazy feel to it (Changes). And most importantly, the LA-based musician has a truely unique voice that is captivating. Songs like To Move On are little masterpieces of original songwriting that will draw a smile on listeners who pay attention to details and arrangements.

His bio on AllMusic.com goes like this: “Alex Izenberg is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter whose 21st century chamber pop is colored by vintage Baroque pop and a whimsical flair. Five years in the making with little paper trail as he worked under pseudonyms, his debut album was co-produced with Ari Balouzian (Tobias Jesso, Jr.) and Dash LeFrancis (Vas Defrans). Titled Harlequin, it arrived via Weird World in late 2016.”

ALEX IZENBERG harlequin
ALEX IZENBERG
Harlequin
(Domino, 2016)

-Genre: art rock
-Imagine a blend of Pit er Pat, Beirut, Scott Walker, John Cale with Peter Gabriel-style voice

Listen and buy the album on the artist’s BandCamp page
Follow the artist via his Facebook page
Listen to videos on the artist’s YouTube channel

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Nicolas Pelletier

MĂ©lomane invĂ©tĂ©rĂ© et rĂ©dacteur agrĂ©Ă©, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publiĂ© 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a Ă©galement Ă©tĂ© le rĂ©dacteur-en-chef de 2009 Ă  2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratĂšge numĂ©rique des radios de Bell MĂ©dia en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.