C/S009 PIECES OF FRUIT – ‘REACH FOR THEIR ANGER’ CS
2014 saw the release of Pieces of Fruit debut cassette, Sowere Soso, on Elm Recordings. That cassette featured five tracks of jangly Kiwi-influenced pop hinged on repetitive, off-kilter rhythms and hooks. Two years later and the band has developed the style, further pushing their unique sense of melody, while attaining new heights by weaving home, studio, and live recordings. Lead by Jules Lefevre, whose loose approach is perfectly glued by the rhythms of Tim Rowe (Worn Leather, Dead Uncles) and Dan Katz (Spit-Take), Pieces of Fruit will excite fans of the early home-styles of Sebadoh and Guided By Voices, New Zealand classics like The Bats and The Clean, as well as those looking for wondering guitar expansions. Limited to 50 copies.
C/S0010 ALEXANDER – ‘RIDGE RD.’ CS
Newest release, and second on C/Site, for David Alexander Shapiro, AKA Alexander. The latest in a long line of releases named for the seemingly endless list of addresses Shapiro has lived and recorded. Ridge Rd. is a cassingle featuring two 7+ minute long fingerpicked guitar tracks. Side A is played on an acoustic guitar and is driving and quick paced, while Side B’s electric guitar is somber, slow and patient. Comparisons to Fahey or Rose may be the simplest points of reference for new listeners, but it’s Shapiro’s affinity for Alan Bishop’s (AKA Alvarius B.) guitar playing that really shines through on this release. Shapiro’s knack for home recording also gives this tape an intimate and subdued quality. Limited to 100 copies.
C/S0011 TIM ROWE – ‘MEET ME AT THE HOSPITAL’ CS
After a decade playing with a variety of New Haven based bands (most notably Worn Leather and Dead Uncles) Tim Rowe steps out with his debut solo work. Though Rowe is typically known for quick paced raucous punk rock, Meet Me At The Hospital displays another side to his song writing. About half of the tape is dedicated to more somber acoustic tracks that show influence from masters like Petty and Young. Themes of longing and melancholy are augmented by accompanying guitar by Ed Peccerillo of Worn Leather. The other half of the tape displays a more experimental side of Rowe’s music, as he walks the line between written and improvised on several noisy and chaotic guitar numbers. An intriguing mix that flows effortlessly, making Meet Me… an extraordinary solo debut. Limited to 50 copies.