Sick on the Noon Day Sun
There is much to love about Michael Burgin's 2011 release Sick On The Noon Day Sun, released on North Carolina's Umbrella Tree Imprint. This is a collection of 11 powerful songs performed with emotion and grit. These tunes are performed in a raw acoustic format that touches on modern indie intricacies, while borrowing from traditional mountain music and old time arrangements. The result is intriguingly unique. This record finds Burgin pulling off Radiohead and Woody Guthrie covers with equal swagger, but the real gems are his original songs. Burgin penned 8 of the 11 tracks himself, which have more depth than his previous work. Both in lyrical subject matter, and in the melodies and arrangements. Even the packaging has a novel approach. All of the parts (including those from the upcoming vinyl edition) are made from 100% recycled cardboard and card stock. All of the materials were also manufactured in The United States. It won't look, feel, or sound like any other album on your shelf. Fans of his earlier work will enjoy the maturity and confidence that life has afforded him since releasing 'The Gadfly' and 'Death Will Tremble To Take Us' and the subsequent performances regionally and nationally. This release will also attract new fans, with a cleaner, more accessible sound that doesn't sacrifice any of the creativity or edge that Burgin has become known for.