Sunday, November 8, 2009

Little Muddy - Door 15 - An Americana Daily Review

Door 15, the latest release from  Little Muddy, arrived in the mail a few days ago.  Americana Daily reviewed their third album, Road to Bodie, last year around this time and found it to be a pleasant surprise. (Read that review here to learn about the surprise factor.)

As mentioned in that review, Little Muddy’s music is moody, mysterious and cinematic.  After reading through the song selections on Door 15, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but received a whole other kind of surprise this time.

Door 15, the title track and first cut on the album, could easily be the theme from a 1960’s secret agent film. The entire album plays like the soundtrack  to a film about soundtracks, their cover of Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon would have been the perfect choice for Pulp Fiction if they had been around at the time. Tarantino should take note of these guys for his next film.

There are several other theme covers including a funky Isaac Hayes wah-wah take on the theme from Sanford and Son, a haunting version of Midnight Cowboy and sandwiched in between is a complete instrumental overhaul of Lulu’s To Sir With Love. 

Mixed in among the covers are songs like Caveman Radio, the possible theme to a movie about pre-historic dee-jays, Daktari Safari, the perfect title, as well as the perfect concept, for Tarantino's next project; and What Was Isn't There, the theme song to your life.  Primitive Channel, the final cut, could easily be the FADE TO BLACK - CREDITS ROLL background music for just about any film.    

While their name and image conjures up rural Americana, Little Muddy's sound is more Cinemacana (I think I just coined a term) music inspired by movie music - instrumental roots-music for movie music lovers.   Close your eyes and give Door 15 a listen, the movie will unfold in your mind.

Rich Goldstein – Electric and acoustic guitars
Jeff Obee – Bass (photography)
Mark Abbott – Drums and percussion

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