Written by Fense
It’s the end of the year and I’m rapidly trying to catch up on and wrap up all loose ends. My promo rack is still out of control, as is my inbox. And my 2009 resolution will be the same as 2008: keep up with the inbox and promo rack. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it this time around. As I hastily try to pare these two things down, I keep stumbling across new items that slipped by unnoticed, like Stars Like Fleas (MySpace). The album, of course, is The Ken Burns Effect.
At the base level, it’s folk. But there’s much more going on, like a multi-instrumental orgy of experimental folk noise. With clear and distinct vocals, Stars Like Fleas broadens horizons with accessible music that’s just a little outside the norm. I’m guessing The Ken Burns Effect is going to be one of those albums I’ll kick myself for not including in my end of year list because, as the year wraps up, all I’ve heard is the brilliant “I Was Only Dancing”.
The Ken Burns Effect, then, is the first album of many to go on my 2008 Christmas list. It can be found on Hometapes.