Karoli, Bela / Furnished Rooms
Album: Furnished Rooms   Collection:General
Artist:Karoli, Bela   Added:Nov 2007
Label:Helmet Room Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-05-11 Pull Date: 2008-07-13
Week Ending: Jun 22 Jun 8 Jun 1 May 25
Airplays: 4 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 03, 2010: Music Casserole
4. Jun 17, 2008: The Afterthought
Somethings That Fly There Be
2. Jun 21, 2008: The Afterthought
5. Jun 15, 2008: Undrinkably Bad Oddities
3. Jun 19, 2008: The Afterthought
6. Jun 04, 2008: 408's Finest
Somethings That Fly There Be

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-04-26
Electro-acoustic pop with jazz, classical, and world influences. Acoustic bass and subtle machine-generated beats carry the rhythms, cello, accordion, and weary, exhausted-almost vocals set the mood and carry the melodic load, while violin fills and solos launch some of the tracks into a higher plane. In any case, very enjoyable as low key and eclectic pop music. Mostly originals with a couple of covers tossed in, and the lyrics are interesting to clever to poetic throughout. Recommended.

*** 1. Swingin’ bass with contrasting mournful accordion and violin and world-weary
** 2. Upbeat and assertive, snappy even, but a little bit too low-calorie
** 3. Off-blues with a simple chord progression but the mechano-percussion somehow
more prominent and thus, more otherworldly
* 4. Spare, mid-tempo; the cello and the accordion provide the more interesting
*** 5. Sweet, swaggering enumerations over a strong bassline and a great violin solo;
lyrics by one Emily Dickinson
*** 6. The Gershwin standard, but the “livin’ is easy” line is belied by the tired vocals and
the naturally weary cello and accordion; only the violin provides lift; superb in its
** 7. The “shiny machine” of the lyrics and the reserved but periodically spit out vocals
remind me of Fiona Apple’s “Extraordinary Machine”, but on downers
*** 8. A folksy romp, practically; great imagery in the lyrics
9. Nondescript, flat
*** 10. Kern and Hammerstein standard, given the downer treatment but here, more
expectedly than on tk. 6; the strained elements of the cello and the bass work well
with the inexorable Old Man River’s tale
11. Bouncy but far from the best tracks here
*** 12. Cold, almost industrial electronic drone and keening, multitracked vocals. Wow!

Track Listing
1. Snow   7. Machine
2. String Of Lights   8. Carnage
3. Invertebrate   9. Prelude 2
4. Psychosomatic   10. Old Man River
5. Somethings That Fly There Be   11. Metal Body
6. Summertime   12. Margin