Friday, March 9, 2012

Album Review: "Concha" by Organos

Concha by Organos was released on March 6, 2012
The album release show is March 10 @ The Pinhook
Concha is a lovely, albeit short, collection of tracks from Organos, whose front woman, Maria Albani, might be better known as the bass player of Schooner.  This is a far leap from Schooner though, as Albani's work is filled with low-fi pop gems that range from slow paced but methodical to minute long tracks filled with wonderful melodies and claps galore.  Concha's album release show will be this Saturday at The Pinhook with The Spacemen and Curtains.  To build up to the release of Concha, Organos has been releasing videos to coincide with tracks from the album over on Vimeo which served as an excellent teaser for the album's release.

Organos makes a unique brand of pop music, they've got an interesting talent that most bands making pop music don't have, the element of surprise.  Maria Albani has made a great pop album that clocks in at just under twenty minutes, but it's got an excellent sense of pacing to make those eighteen minutes feel like the perfect length of time for an album.  One of the standout tracks with "Side Girl" runs a full 1:36, but with its infectious vocal melody and ever-so inviting claps (which are terribly fun for a live show) it makes for an incredible song.

The songwriting is another great part about Concha, while these songs are incredibly catchy they're also well written and boast a unique sound that have few comparisons.  It's almost like a contemporary spin on  early 90's indie rock, but filled with a bit more quirkiness and maturity.  "It'll Never Come" is a great representation of this, with a fun and jovial sound about it while featuring lines like "Looking for the truth in another's heart/Alone is always better when you have to start" and a chorus of "It'll never come if you wait too long".  These are strong and upbeat tracks that feature a poppy sound oftentimes with somber lyricism.  However, Albani's talents lend themselves to writing such as this, much like the album's closer with "At The End Of The Ride".  "You'll never know you need me till I'm gone" sounds like such a morose refrain, however its swooping melody allows the listeners to sing right along without even realizing the emotion that could be poured into the lyrics that crowds are singing back.

Concha is a great collection of songs that can be perfectly summed up with a "short but sweet" mentality. It's going to be joyous seeing where Albani's unique way of crafting songs takes her music, as Concha boasts a bit more developed ideas than her previous release with the Limbs EP.

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