Monday, February 23, 2009

Elizabeth and the Catapult

Brooklyn delivers yet again, ladies and gents. Elizabeth Ziman is the lead singer of the New York indie group Elizabeth & the Catapult and apparently had my childhood, growing up with a love for the classic composers like Debussy and for the modern greats like the Beatles, an influential combo that eventual lead to the formation of her "Baroque pop" sound. Indeed, Elizabeth & the Catapult switch from indie pop/rock to classical-laced anti-folk with the greatest of ease, ranging from the toe-tapping "Race You" with the triumphant horns to the rich and intricate vocal/piano duo dance in "Variations on Chopin." Its almost as if this group is after my heart, catering to my indie side while delivering a delicious side dish of all the great composers I was raised on. Elizabeth's voice is honeyed and assured, Peter Lalish's guitar is plucky in all the right places, and Dan Molad's drums keep everything moving merrily right along. Their song "Race You" is featured in the movie New In Town and they will also be making the rounds at SXSW this year, so all you lucky folk who get to be in Austin, make sure to catch their act.

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