Steal This Track: Stella Luce and Jeff FinlinBy Josh Johnson | August 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
On paper, Stella Luce is a band that shouldn’t work. Take the sultry yet lilting vocals and ethnic viola playing of Alana Rolfe (Fierce Bad Rabbit), combine that with electronic beats and experimental noises provided by Brett Schreiber, and you should get a mess of diverging sounds and influences. And, honestly, at times it doesn’t work. But on “Resurrection,” the third album from the Fort Collins band, released Aug. 27, there are far more hits than misses. The band has become masterful at making the varying sounds and influences work together and compliment each other, creating a cohesive, dynamic sound uniquely their own. We give you “Candy.” The track begins with a picked viola as the only constant in a grab bag of samples – is that the creak of a chair? – and the errant cymbal. But when Rolfe’s melodic vocals come in, followed by a driving beat delivered by new drummer Sean Speer, you are carried on a climb that ends with a crescendo of layered vocals. It’s moving, haunting and empowering. The album will soon be available on their website.
Earlier this year, troubadour songwriter Jeff Finlin released a live album, “Live Songs for the Ice Age,” comprised of performances throughout Colorado and with songs spanning his solo career. There was very little fanfare. But so it goes with Finlin: He remains an Americana/folk-rock artist on par with the greats, not only of our time but of times gone by, and he’s yet to get the attention he deserves. Well, from the public, at least. Bruce Springsteen is a fan, as is fellow musician and artist Sally Van Meter, who directed and produced the short film “Vapor Into Iron,” a writer’s portrait of Finlin. A portion of the film is a live performance by Finlin at Notably Fine Audio in Denver. From that taping, last week Finlin released a video for “My Maybeline,” off of “The Tao of Motor Oil.” Here, we give you the track to steal and the video to view. Featuring Eric Straumanus on guitar, the track is an homage to Chuck Berry without being an imitation. Shortly, it rocks. Purchase “Live Songs for the Ice Age” for $11.99 on his website.
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