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Obi Best - Capades (08/25/08)

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OBI BEST
Capades
Release Date: 08/25/2008
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Track Listing
  1. Nothing Can Come Between Us
  2. Who Loves You Now
  3. What It's Not   
  4. Green And White Stripes
  5. It's Because Of People Like You   
  6. Origami   
  7. Blooms Like Flowers   
  8. Swedish Boy   
  9. Within These Forest Walls   
  10. Days Of Decadence

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 08/26/2008 21:01:58  written by vu ()
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Fans of indie popster The Bird and the Bee, should take a note from the release of Capades from Obi Best, featuring Bird & Bee member Alex Lilly. The album was released digitally only yesterday (August 25th), but reading their official website, it looks like there will be a limited number of physical CDs that's only available at their live shows.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, they are playing at the end of the month on August 31st for their CD release party at Tangier with fellow LA-acts, I Make This Sound, Alex & Sam, Vosotros.

The rest of the band consists of music veterans: Bram Inscore (Beck, Peeping Tom, Jem), John Wood (Inara George, Mike Andrews), and drummer Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis, Benji Hughes).

I have to say that I really love Lilly's voice, which comes off as sounding a little bit like Feist or Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley, but less alt-country. The music is a mix of traditional with electronica elements. Lots of beeps and quirks, but not distracting from Lilly's clear vocals, this is especially evident on "Days Of Decadence" and "Green And White Stripes". "Green" is my favorite song off the album with the singing carrying most of the song.

I also really dig "It's Because Of People Like You", which ends with a humorous "an angry note was on my car this afternoon, it's because of people like you". "Origami" features a male harmonizing backdrop which is a nice change of pace from Lilly's sweet voice. Also be sure to check out "Swedish Boy", which is like a song written for Sweden from a perspective of Japan - at least the melody made me think of Toyko.

Fans of Bird and the Bee will probably not replace them with Obi Best, but Obi Best will make a nice companion for their collection. Capades is available now at most digital music sellers (iTunes and Amazon) from Social Science Records.

If you sign up for their record label's mailing list, they will enter you into a contest to give away some of Obi Best's favorite albums, which includes one of my favorite artist, Pizzicato Five.

Links: obibest.com myspace.com/obibest


Announcing Debut Retro-Pop Album from Obi Best

From Girlie Action
OBI BEST
Capades
(Social Science Recordings; Digital Release: August 25, 2008)

When she’s not moonlighting as back-up singer for acclaimed retro-pop group the Bird and the Bee (Bluenote), Alex Lilly is masterminding the fanciful pop of Obi Best. With the help of a few Los Angeles-based friends and a sensibility that’s as at home with Stereolab as it is with Prokofiev, Lilly conjures music that’s complex and catchy -- think geometry, double-dutch, and animated spin art.

Obi Best’s debut album, Capades, is a rich tapestry of piano, airy electronica, refined rock and panoramic beats deftly punctuated by bells and chirps and otherworldly sounds. Ranging from melodic and ethereal to rollicking and fun, the album inhabits a lush universe where fantasy and reality live side by side; here, Tokyo lies just around the block from Stockholm, youth and wisdom hold hands, magic seems to grow on trees.
 
Guiding the tour are Lilly‘s clarion vocals, which call to mind Feist, or Karen Carpenter (with more traction). Singing about bygone eras, nasty neighbors, lovers’ covert ancestry, and the inadequacy of language all with disarming frankness, Lilly is both wide-eyed and watchful. It‘s this odd pairing of innocence and worldliness, combined with Lilly’s irreverence and sass as a live performer, that makes Obi Best one of the more intriguing projects to come out of LA’s music scene in recent years.
 
Obi Best is comprised of synth wizards Bram Inscore (Beck, Peeping Tom, Jem) and John Wood (Inara George, Mike Andrews), drummer Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis, Benji Hughes), Alex Lilly on vocals/guitar/keys/g4 and guest back-up vocalists Lisa Tremain (Readers) and Kim Talon (Eagle and Talon).  They signed to LA record label Social Science in 2008 and the full-length is due for digital release on August 25th.
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