For those who find the passage of time a one-way process of attrition, here’s good news for you. In the eight years since AZITA’s last long-player, her fevered brain has barely rested, and the proof is a new album of unbounded physical and mental activity, music and entertainment, entitled Glen Echo. The worlds of the previous AZITAs have left their unmistakable essence. Her singular conception of pop music—the idiosyncratic songs, singing and playing that have graced seven acclaimed releases—is in verdant recurrence on Glen Echo, blossoming anew, cutting sharply in the spirit and image of her ever-evolving, always questioning style.
AZITA is, on a very forthright level, a formalist—whether standing the lines or vaulting turnstiles, she’s aware of the proscribed limits to her endeavors. That doesn’t mean she’s gonna heed them so much as add em to the considerations of her art. Writing and arranging on keyboards since the time of her solo debut, AZITA focused on guitars for this set of songs. Not simply for swagger or a fresh approach to soloing, but as part of a way to elide expected singer-songwriter tropes, to democratically populate the soundstage in equal partnership instead. This is a key aspect of the Glen Echo sound, one that determined another new choice—AZITA playing everything on the album herself! That’s the best kind of democracy.
Chris Brokaw is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and film composer based in Boston Chris is perhaps best known for his work as the drummer in CODEINE and the guitarist in COME, who made several albums in the 1990's for the labels Sub Pop and Matador that are considered landmarks in American independent rock music.
Jeremy Freeze (Jerusalem and the Starbaskets/axis:Sova/CAVE) plays Southern fried, acid stained, and heartbroken Rock music. Tonight’s lineup will be Gillian Lisee(bass), Cooper Crain(drums), Jim Becker(guitar) and Jeremy Freeze(guitar/vox).
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