Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

DAVID OLNEY

Film Noir

2011-05-24

On "Film Noir," a concept EP, David Olney evokes a gritty, Big-City-After-Dark disquiet. Equal parts lonely bluesman and method actor - Johhny Cash and Leon Redbone and Tom Waits - Olney creates songs like little movies based on grimy, dog eared paperbacks. These brand new songs all sound as if they were found, covered in dust, in a back alley Used Record Store. "Frank is Gone" is a jangly blues shuffle like an anxious junky walking the streets. If Cab Calloway had lost it all and traded his white tux for a torn felt hat and barn coat, he would sing "Blue Moon Hotel." "$20 Serenade," nearly an homage to Tom Waits street characters, is an ancient sounding gimp walk tragedy with a B-movie twist. "Blues Don't Care" and "Sunset on Sunset Boulevard" are both hollow, lonely songs to steal your joy. Reviewed By: Todd Townsend.

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Folk

  • reviewed 07/2012

    MISSY HIGGINS
    The Ol' Razzle Dazzle

  • reviewed 11/2011

    PIETA BROWN
    Mercury

  • reviewed 01/2008

    CARRIE NEWCOMER
    The Geography of Light

  • reviewed 03/2008

    The Belleville Outfit
    Wanderin'

  • reviewed 06/2010

    CLOTHESLINE REVIVAL
    They Came From Somewhere

  • reviewed 03/2008

    Doug MacLeod
    The Utrecht Sessions

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.