January 4, 2007

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Noah Georgeson, Find Shelter
Plain Records, 2006

Symphonic pop as that of spaghetti-cowboy and old Bond 007 movie soundtracks, intoned by Georgeson playing a Harry Connick Jr. part with the help of a full spray bottle of Sinex. You can almost see the “Color By Deluxe” graphic on your mental screen as things slog their way along, and what’s, eh, whatchamacallit, nice, is that it’s a real orchestra backing him up, bassoon sections and everything, the scores arranged by Georgeson and performed by the mysterious California-based Kite Hill Chamber Orchestra (is it live or is it Pro Tools?) with appropriate somberness. One of the more prominent avant-folk Martians, Georgeson has produced Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart and Bert Jansch, naturally saving his most, ah, original thoughts for this, his own debut solo effort: “When I speak of places, I speak of them as people, and question them at length why they are not my home.” Is there reverb? you ask innocently. Is Brad Pitt whipped like the world’s laziest mule? A- Eric W. Seager