Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Painted On Water - Chicago Issue (2013)


This CD landed on my doorstep about 2 weeks ago and I've given it a few listens since then. It's a 5 track EP from a Turkish duo that has recently set up headquarters in Chicago.  I normally enjoy rock music sung by females, so for the most part, I'm digging this mixed bag.  Crunching guitars over synth loops; sounds a lot like Garbage, Blur, or Muse to these ears. Songwriter/instrumentalist/producer Demir Demirkan does a great job with mixing up timbres and has a few good hooks in him.  I'm hearing only the very occasional Turkish influence; this is straight ahead electronic rock.  For the most part, I like it but I'm left wondering if there's still a large market for this kind of music.  According to their website, there's a full length LP on the way next year.  

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  Did not chart

Tracks:  Of these five, the better tracks are When I Need You Most and A New Me.  I could do without the power ballad Hating You Loving You.  The better ballad is the closer, Despite Ourselves.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None


1 comment:

  1. Per your tip, I checked them out on Spotify. It is crunchy and synthy as you described though the lady's voice doesn't do anything for these ears. Pulled up their 2009 EP Love and a lot has changed over the past four years: in addition to changing their look somewhat, the majority of the music is acoustic. Still not a fan.

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