Welcome back to another edition of Steal This Track. Every Tuesday, Reverb and Colorado’s generous local musicians join forces to bring you free, legal downloads so that you can HEAR all the great music you read about here. This week, we’re bringing you some fresh, delicious tracks from the indie popsters of Carbon Choir and the psychedelic sandmen of Widowers. Read on to learn more and hear some great music!
The gossamer pop of Carbon Choir is at once blissful and melancholy. Keyboardist Chris Hatton and guitarist/frontman Joel Van Horne create dense-yet-delicate layers of sound that threaten to float off into space, while bassist Ryan Fechter and drummer Scott Weidner keep the dirigible tethered to the ground. Meanwhile, Van Horne nimbly voices soulful assertions and falsetto questions that recall the confidently emotive vocals of the Velvet Teen’s Judah Nagler.
The quartet’s musical depth and breadth — hinted at over the course of its eponymous debut EP from 2007 and 2008’s “Middletown” EP — found their fullest expression on “High Beams,” the band’s first full-length album, released at the end of last year. Taken from that album, “For One Day” should be more than enough to convince you that Carbon Choir is a group worth seeking out.
You’ll probably want to pop over to the band’s website to buy the whole album and study Van Horne’s lyrics. You’ve got a few days to bone up before the gents play this Saturday, April 10, at the Gothic Theatre, with Flashbulb Fires, the Young Republic and the Still City. Tickets cost just 10 smackers.
Carbon Choir | For One Day (right click to save to your computer)
If Denver’s space rock titans, Widowers, have anything in common with Carbon Choir, it’s a love for reverb and a dense layering of sounds that manages to create a sense of space and claustrophobia at the same time. While previous releases from the band placed catchy, memorable pop songs in a swirling, psychedelic setting, the latest track hints at a slightly different direction.
Frontman and songwriter Mike Marchant seems to be reserving his poppiest performances for his solo work (look for “Indulgent Space-Folk Vol. 2” later this year), allowing Widowers to be a forum for less grounded, more ethereal work. Marchant and fellow Widowers Mark Weaver, Mark Shusterman, Cory Brown and Brian Marcus haven’t quite decided whether “Skin and Shell” will see any kind of formal physical release, but they’ve agreed to let Reverb readers steal it — in all its 320 kbps glory — right now. Get it while it’s hot!
Widowers | Skin and Shell (right click to save to your computer)
If you’re a band or musician ready to unleash some fresh sounds on the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday.