• korey dane Chamber Girls (CD, £7.25)

    label: Innovative Leisure

    Anglo-Cherokee-Japanese skateboarder turned musician Korey Dane returns with his second album Chamber Girls. Influenced by the likes of T.S. Eliot, Tom Waits, Karen Dalton, The Beatles and the Stones, and more, Chamber Girls was recorded almost completely live at L.A.s analog time capsule Valentine Recording Studios, searing instinct and experience direct to tape. Dane produced everything himself, too, except for a quick assist from legendary producer Tony Berg (X, Public Image Ltd.) on one song, and he was inspired by the deceptively simple ethos hed internalised while making Youngblood: pursue greatness. Writing a song that you know someone might skip over later is sacrilege, he says. Instead, he wanted every song on Chamber Girls to feel not only live but alive, too, with that go-for-broke spirit that animates everything he says, does, or sings: Im writing all the time, he says. Ive lived by a line a day sometimes. I try and stop when its good. If you try and simplify it down to its bare elements ... its truly a redemptive act. Tracklisting 

1. Half Asleep
2. Charlie Handsome
3. Hard Times
4. Heart Out West
5. Jay & The Coyote
6. Always
7. Lovesick In A Hotel Wildfire
8. Valeria
9. Down In A Hole
10. The Knife Got Cold
11. Steady Forever 9th Ave (Sunset House, Stand Forever)

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