Indie Artist J. Burd releases a reverb laden album on an unsuspecting world
Album Review: J. Burd (Self-Titled Release)
Reviewed by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Journalist
In this self-titled seminal release, J. Burd is a modern salute to the grungy dark and very smokey pop-punk one room dive clubs of my youth in N.Y.C. with both energetic and apathetic timber to the tones of the vocal, there is, or appears to be an “I Don’t Care” sound to the lyrics, but I would presume that’s the point. There is an Iggy Pop / NY Dolls quality but blended with the Donovan / Sugary Pop-ish tone of the guitar work from the early 60’s make it really hard to nail it down. I almost expect to hear the crowd in the room, the clattering or dishes or classes, the sound of a fight breaking out while the artist is standing at the mike trying to stay standing in the single spotlight shining down, blinding him in the smoke haze in a cloud thick enough to choke a horse.
J. Burd has selected a series of songs that seem to cry out to the listener to be careful of personal expectations and altruistic ideals, a “fuck it all” sort of ménage of broken dreams and “momma never warned me” feelings, the “Dashed on the rocks below the Cliffside yet somehow lived through it all just to feel worse when I came home to a cheating lover” sort of thing. The pain is both egregious and exquisite! – Pretty deep if you ask me, and well worth the price of a ticket down this potholed, cobblestone memory lane.
I like this album, the soft sticky sweet tone with the painful down driven tempos are very inspiring and make you want to hear more. Baby Carrot Records at present is taking Pre-Orders for this album on their site and if anyone out there loves the Indie Music coming out these days like I do, this will be a well sought after release; J. Burd really nailed it on this self-titled album.
In addition to this stunning release, Baby Carrot Records is running a “Test Pressing” Contest: for those who purchase a record from Baby Carrot Records, present or old release, take a photo of the record at a local land mark and email the image to firstname.lastname@example.org, Baby Carrot Records will randomly select a photo out of a hat and mail that person a test pressing, Test pressings are very collectable and could be worth tons in the future, so get down on this!
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