"3 Bands, 3 Songs, 3 Bucks -- every month!"
Ten months in, the spirit of collaboration runs strong in the 3-Way Singles Club series. Like single-of-the-month clubs of the past that would deliver glistening black 45s to a voracious young public, the 3WSC offers up fresh tracks every lunar cycle. Only, they are digital. And there's three of them.
This month, Small Houses teamed up in the studio with Wisconsin-based tourmates Pioneer to interpret a song by another indefatigable traveling songwriter, Paleo. This was new territory for both artists, fleshing the usually delicate bones of Small Houses' indie-informed folk compositions with a full band sound and affording Pioneer a rare occasion to act as a supporting band, stretching out beneath Paleo's loping composition and dueting cellist Jacqueline Kursel with Jeremy Quentin to great effect. That the song was executed in just a couple days while the two bands' tour schedules coincides speaks of their mutual respect and musical synergy.
Following one breath after "There, At The Top Of The Stairs" is "In The Cellar," a short and infectious song from Troy, MI-based hero Sunil Sawani. Indie and pop coalesce in his veins, a nectar intoxicant in song form ensues. "In The Cellar" digs into your brain and compels your fingers to hit repeat. Formerly the leader of The Low Hello, Sunil has kept busy releasing music via his Part Time Songs website and on "How Does It Know," a sublime piece of 12-inch vinyl released by Lower Peninsula Records in 2010. You can get yourself one here: lansingscene.com/lprecords/
Closing out Volume 10 of the series is the chamber blues sound of Teag & PK, a duo consisting of Mike Teager (tenor saxophone) and Matt Borghi (acoustic guitar and vocals). This relatively unusual pairing cut the brand new song, "Rocket," live in the studio with just a couple mics. The song bares DNA strands from both Bowie's "Space Oddity" and, to these ears, John Mayall's "Turning Point" album which augmented acoustic blues with woodwinds. Tracing the arc of a firecracker, "Rocket" tumbles and sparks, effectively a call and response between saxophone and voice underpinned structurally and rhythmically by Borghi's guitar. For a moment, it glides, before pitching back toward earth.
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