My Godâ€¦ just how long have I had The Captainâ€™s Table by Ham1 (MySpace) in my promo pile!? (That question warrants the exclamation point due to the excessive time it has spent there.) Letâ€™s see, the album hit in November of 2007. Youâ€™ll likely need to subtract a few months due to the standard promo time. And yeah, that means Iâ€™ve had it for damn close to a year. And thereâ€™s simply no excuseâ€”the album is quite decent.
I didnâ€™t like the contrast of the blue on the TV screen and the orange of the wall; the album cover wasnâ€™t aesthetically pleasing to my ocular sense, and that unfortunately led to the album finding a more and more comfortable home on my ever-growing rack of promo albums in need of a listen.
But the audible sense is the oppositeâ€”itâ€™s quite pleasing. Songs like â€œHare Lipped Bustâ€ and â€œMoonieâ€ have elements of power pop and rock. Then they toss in western-y guitar riffs and give select tracks a surf-rock feel, like in the mostly instrumental â€œSalukiâ€. But much of the album finds Ham1 playing space-y ballads.
In the harder, more rockinâ€™ tunes, the vocals tend to have a sizable rasp, which carries through lightly to the ballads that make up the middle of the album. Iâ€™ve included â€œHare Lipped Bustâ€ below. Itâ€™s one of Ham1â€™s rock-based tracks, and my favorite on last yearâ€™s The Captainâ€™s Table, available on Orange Twin Records (a label that enjoys a few beloved Elephant 6 leftovers).
Ham1: Hare Lipped Bust [mp3]
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