Lisa Germano’s latest album “Magic Neighbour” was really under the radar when it was released, which is a shame as its another beautifully delicate helping of Lisa.
“Marypan” is a short piano, string and xylophone instrumental that harks back to her debut album which had a swaying country feel. This track is actually very filmic and soundtrack orientated and could easily be a lead theme song for a movie. “To the Mighty One” is a more dischordant track with lots of detuned vocal layers and an old grammarphone type of recording quality. It gives it a heart and texture all of its own, almost a vintage feel. It’s a great production value that used throughout. The song is quite dramatic with its constant battle of sounds for the limited speaker space.
“Simple” is a guitar chugger in the verses and a merry-go-round in the choruses. It all sounds deliberately clumsy and floppy and becomes quite infectious with its lazy ways and half collapsed melodies. “Kitty Train” is a beautiful piano led track – again an instrumental – and showcases how moods can fly and slide by in the space of two minutes. It’s quite magical.
“The Prince of Plati” is a traditional Lisa Germano song – simple childlike melodies with small footstep lyrics of wondering and what if. Immediately accessable and a good representation of the softer side of Lisa’s work which is what this album is all about, try this track to see if you’d like the album. “A Million Times” features all kinds of rattling percussive elements over an acousitc guitar and layered vocals and is the first time any real beat is introduced to the album, and its all roughly recorded. It just sounds like you’re listening to it in a speaker via another speaker. It’s a good song and is the real pub song of the album.
“Magic Neighbour” is the title track and is a heartfelt sorrowful piano/vocal track and because it goes at a fair pace, its really quite an emotional ride and definate highlight for me, especially when towards the end some electric distortion is thrown in. “Suli-mon” is a simple short track with some helerious piano smashes that just make me giggle. The whole song has an eerie feel about it and is slightly disturbed but these piano fits an genius.
“Snow” is just blissfully beautiful and takes its time slowly building and swirling and layering and building some more to a lovingly warm ending. “Painting the Doors” is interesting with its airy guitars and keyboards and its arpeggios and open strums. It’s quite different to everything else on the album in its tones but because it shares the same production values doesn’t feel out of place. “Cocoon” ends the album with another simple song.
“Magic Neighbour” is nothing really new from Lisa Germano – what it is though is a refinement of her style and a dampening down of it. This is her most relaxed and calmest album to date, and the production sounds like a vinyl being played via a grammarphone. It’s warm, fuzzy, heartening and unnerving at the same time. That’s why we love Lisa Germano.
Well due to my holiday and getting back into the routine, September was a very quiet month for HPM in general but towards the end we had a massive influx of visitors for one man – Christopher Tin! He grabs this months most viewed award with the review of his debut album and his interview afterwards. Lisa Gerrard also popped up the order with audio samples from forthcoming album Black Opal. Here’s the top 10 artists:
01) Christopher Tin (NE)
02) Lisa Gerrard (^)
03) Imogen Heap (v)
04) Lisa Germano (^)
05) Brendan Perry (v)
06) Hikoki Kikuta (^)
07) Module (v)
08) OverClocked ReMix (v)
09) Utada (v)
10) Vienna Teng (RE)
In the gaming front, Battl Tanks was the top read review this month and actually the second highest hit post this month too! We will be going really into game reviews from all old consoles from October and they will feature more prominantly, as the site will now be taking a much more active approach due to a change in circumstances of myself!
June missed being our most busiest month by just 21 hits so March 09 still holds the crown of busiest month – however for the first time ever one artist completely outrun everyone else by such a margin, their top post (our most viewed post this month) had more hits than the second, third and fourth busiest posts combined! Well done the Imogen Heap – everyone’s gone mad over the tracklist for Ellipse and we’ll be buying the album on release day so expect a sharp review on the day (provided its in shops – we couldn’t get a copy for Speak For Yourself in a store and had to buy online and wait). Patrick Wolf, Dead Can Dance & Vienna Teng’s album reviews all followed behind. Here’s the top 10 artists followed by the only two game reviews on site (we will be doing a top 5 game hits too). Congrats to Lisa Germano for making a new entry and Tori Amos, number 1 last month, dropped straight back out the charts again! June should be a busy month with lots of reviews not just here, but over on new site I Love Disaster Movies, which is another personal indulgence to another hobby of mine! Enjoy the summer!
Lisa Germano has a new album coming! “Magic Neighbour” is due out of the 18th of September. Nothing else is really known as of yet but we aren’t worried, Lisa’s albums are as intimately revealing as they are extrovertly beautiful. We can’t wait!
This week’s live vault is Lisa Germano. Back in the spot light with a re-release of “Lullaby For Liquid Pig” with a bonus disc of demo songs and live performances, I felt it was time to unveil this fragile beauty. This is a two song clip of “In The Maybe World” and “Golden Cities” played on the piano. Lisa is multi instrumental with piano, guitar and violins at his disposal.