Mother's Day comes early! Or, actually, three months late, depending on how you look at it. But guess what? Today my mom is offering her opinions on the new live track by Atole! Recorded live at the practice space Hotel, "Baby Jam" and another one, "Plock," are available for FREE download on the Atole's Myspace page until this upcoming Saturday morning. Without further ado, my mom's take on "Baby Jam":
It sounds old-timey bluegrass to me. I thought the voice was a fiddle. His [frontman Manny Reyes'] voice seems to stand in as a fiddle. Remember Robert Plant echoed the guitar? That was why Led Zeppelin were so popular, which is one of the reasons I hated them, but why many people loved them. They thought it was so unique, but many jazz greats did that in the past. But I hated Led Zeppelin music, you know. I hate that kind of music. However, I love bluegrass and find it much more creative than Led Zeppelin. And that's what "Baby Jam" reminds me of—bluegrass.
In the second stanza I like the "springy" guitar and his voice becomes more evident. It also is reminiscent of Native American singing. And his voice still fits in with the attitude of the music.
It all fits together.
This song is like hiking—how you go through different terrains. I like how they drag out the ending, how it winds down at the end. I like the arrangement and everything about it.
Atole plays Holocene tonight, August 1st [Can you believe it's August already? -Ed
] with Alexis Gideon, Future Islands, Ear PWR, Flaspar and DJ Linoleum.
Photo by Nilina Mason-Campbell. Big ups to Joe Watts for transmitting the MP3 file!