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Nation Time

Nation Time

  • Door The Settlers
  • Release 2-2-2010
  • Muziekgenre Rock
  • Media-indeling CD
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The Settlers, or Cosmo Alpern, is a band that isn't ashamed to share what goes on behind closed doors. Originally a two-piece, Alpern recorded The Settlers' first two albums, Things Have Changed and Nation Time! With then partner Ciele Gladstein, even as their partnership was falling apart. Vitriol never sounded so good. On 'Just Friends,' Alpern sings joyously, 'We're not married, that's not the way our story ends.' It should be no surprise that the liner notes claim, 'these songs were inspired by real people.' Ithaca is a town with a great deal of musical talent; but if I had to nominate one as a genius, it would be Cosmo Alpern. He manages to capture universal experiences through a vision that is uniquely his. Ithaca is above all a small town, where one must come to terms with the fact that your neighbor may not only become your wife but your ex-lover as well. Alpern manages to harness the intimacy of lo-fi in the service of depicting claustrophobia, desperation, and despair. When I spoke to Alpern recently at No Radio Records, he explained that there are different ways of finding inspiration. 'Rather than being narrowly focused on one thing, [I can] draw on experiences of raising a kid, being in a really tight domestic partnership, letting all of that infuse the work.' He continued, 'I mean, it's really good to have some technical skill, but I think the real skill I have that will always continue serving me is being able to hear quiet kinds of inspirations. You know, you might not notice, as you're driving along, that you may be humming a little tune. And if you don't notice it, then that's all it ever is. But if you notice it, and you accept it, and you nurture it along, then it becomes something bigger.' He considers songwriting and performing a form of self-medication. 'There's this book by Oliver Sacks called Musicophilia, and he writes that music is the last thing that people forget long after the rest of their minds are gone. Songwriting is not about originality, so much as capturing little simple melodies. They sound like everything else but they really do something for you.' Recently, Alpern has been performing with Willie B of Tzar and the Johnny Dowd Band and Walt Lorenzut of Wingnut and Hubcap. This Saturday at the Chapter House, The Settlers will open for Lorenzut's new band, The Cave Dudes. I wouldn't be surprised to hear The Settlers move completely out of the lo-fi mold. His most recent recording, an upbeat version of 'Smoke the Tires' contains a horn sample, a beat-box, and a ska interlude (don't be afraid: it manages to sound like the best Beck track ever). Alpern's gleeful spoken introduction: 'Dear guitar: I love you so much! Thanks for sticking with me all this time; forget about all of those other people!'

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Kunstenaar: The Settlers
Titel: Nation Time
Genre: Rock
Releasedatum: 2-2-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 616895054624

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