Wednesday, November 16, 2011

3 Songs: On Repeat (Communicating Vessels Edition)

Communicating Vessels is the Birmingham, AL-based label run by Jeffery Cain of Remy Zero. He has released music by his solo project Dead Snares as well as the solo project of the late Gregory Scott Slay, the drummer for Remy Zero who passed away last year. 

Cain has also been signing and spotlighting some of his hometown's best songwriters, three at a time, with a gorgeously packaged 7" for each one in a series.  The first series released this past June, included Duquette Johnston, formerly of 90's alt-rockers Verbena, The Great Book of John, the solo project of Taylor Shaw formerly of Wild Sweet Orange and Sanders Bohlke. 

The second series of 7" singles come from three more diverse Birmingham bands including, indie rap group The Green Seed, husband and wife duo The Grenadines, who are currently on tour with Maria Taylor and singer-songwriter Preston Lovinggood, who was also a member of cult-favortites Wild Sweet Orange. 

1.  The Green Seed - "Crack Kills" (Indie rap group whose clever beats and rhymes provided by members R-Tist, C.O.M.P.L.E.T. and DJ FX have led them to sharing the stage with Raekwon and Jurassic 5.)


2.  Preston Lovinggood - "Duncan" (After label woes brought an end to Wild Sweet Orange, Preston took a long break from music but has just recently started work on a new solo album with an atmospheric yet breezy cover of the Paul Simon track as an idea of what to expect.) 


3.  The Grenadines - "Shake" (Slinky and danceable disco with male/female vocals from the duo who has gained praise from producers Jim Eno of Spoon and Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes) who helped produce their debut.)


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