CD REVIEW: Basement 3 - Fuzzyland
By Steve Allat - 10/22/2004 - 08:25 PM EDT
Artist: Band: Basement 3
For Fans Of: Days of The New, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A Perfect Circle (13th Step)
Fav Tracks: Pieces, Outside the Lines, Ten Feet Thick.
An eclectic musician, Kenny has enjoyed creating his own style of music for over 20 years around the San Francisco Bay area. Luckily, it is now my turn to listen and hear what he's been working on and toward.
Confident and able, Kenny writes the tunes, sings most of 'em, as well as playing many instruments and arranging the others in fine fashion. Playing around for so long has enabled a topnotch lineup to be assembled to play on this, Kenny's third 'Basement 3' disc.
Rooted in mellow guitar & bass phrasings and Kenny's naturally funky-smooth vocals, these songs enabled me to just sit and listen with interest right away. That doesn't always just happen, except with music that flows from it's creator as if the two are inseparable, and that for me marks a note of success in itself.
With a conscious intention to create some music for us using the 'less is more' philosophy, Kenny succeeds in creating an easy listen, as you're not bombarded with any unintentional filler within the songs. And what makes that happen with impact is the delivery of Kenny and each of the musicians he's enlisted. They do the songs justice, as do Kenny's tasteful arrangements and strong songwriting. This is a very cohesive package in every way (including artwork, photos and more courtesy of the multi-talented Mr. Schick). The album gets a little 'heavier' (or thicker) along the way, and it's a nice progression.
So, within these nicely crafted songs, what is Kenny talking about anyway?
Well, for the most part the tone of the majority of songs follows the overall tone of the album, which is a little bit melancholy. It's an 'evening' or 'winter' CD by my reckoning. Mostly because the lyrics are more about coping with getting over some of the darker periods of our lives than with having gotten there already or by simply recognizing the way the world is right now, with much suffering and hardship. Realistic, if not always sunny, though.
This doesn't do much to bring the songs down, however, as they are simply well-delivered songs that will lull you in and get you nodding along.
If you want to expand your musical horizons, and perhaps your consciousness, give Fuzzyland a try. From what I hear there's more before that, and surely more to come, which is good news for the indie music scene and for us all.
Contact: Kenny Schick
Website: Basement 3
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