August 24, 2007

Last Town Chorus, The Current, MPR, 11 May 2007

Posted in mp3, radio session at 10:11 pm by rgsc

The new album by the Last Town Chorus, “Wire Waltz”, is rather intriguing. There is something otherworldly about it, due in large part to Megan Hickey’s lap steel. Running the instrument through effects pedals, this is not what you’d hear down at the Grand Ol’ Opry – she creates haunting soundscapes. This distinct instrumentation is the perfect foundation for her amazing, melancholy songs. She offers intimate takes on loss, heartbreak, and alienation but Hickey sings with a clear, extremely strong voice, and you never get the sense that her subject matter is going to overwhelm her. One of the highlights of the album is undoubtedly the extraodinary cover of Bowie’s “Modern Love” – which Hickey slows down and stretches out to the point it resembles a dirge – but she is an impressive songwriter in her own right and “Wire Waltz” features a number of extremely strong songs in addition to the cover, including the title track, “It’s Not Over,” and “Boat”. These are captivating songs from a powerful voice.

Below you will find three songs recorded by the fine folks at MPR when TLTC visited in May. The Last Town Chorus are in Montreal tomorrow (August 25) and in Toronto the following day opening for Camera Obscura. Every review I’ve read about TLTC’s live performance has said they are outstanding live so make sure you get to those shows early. From the end of September through early November they are going to be opening for The Weakerthans in over 25 cities around North America (but no date anywhere near me? What the hell?) so you’ll have ample opportunity to catch them. Full tour dates here.

Last Town Chorus, The Current, MPR, 11 May 2007

* Boat

* Modern Love (David Bowie cover)

* It’s Not Over

Bonus live mp3s (from the TLTC site – where you can find links to a ton of other radio sessions, tracks from their first album etc.)

* Modern Love Recorded at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, March 3rd, 2005)

* Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me (Culture Club cover) Recorded at WFMU, February 2003

Be sure to pick up “Wire Waltz” and if you do it here and you will be supporting MPR, so do it there.


1 Comment »

  1. LD said,

    Megan is so talented. You did an excellent job of catching her ‘vibe.’ it is other worldly. Both records are terrific and she is indeed wonderful in performance. thanks for these tracks.

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