Marla Hansen â€“ Wedding Day / 2007 Standard / 6 Songs / http://www.marlahansenmusic.com /
Individuals may not be familiar with who Marla Hansen is. Essentially, ey is a member of the Sufjan Stevens band and also is a member of My Brightest Diamond. The title track has more of a Devendra Banhart sound than a Sufjan style, as Hansen comes to the plate with a very early Americana type of sound. Hints of woodsy folk music interact with a softly-spoken and meandering set of vocals during â€œWedding Dayâ€, sounding similar to if Alanis Morrisette went back to the 1890s with Marty McFly and eir Delorean. â€œShuffle Your Feetâ€ is a track that has a little bit more of a dedicated direction to it, and while it does not add anything different to the mix, Hansen approaches different sounds and styles in such a way to keep individuals interested.
The non-lyrical vocal trills that are present during certain parts of the track are the strongest addition to Hansenâ€™s repertoire, and these are only highlighted further by the echoing of the guitars. Other tracks do not add anything completely new to the mix, but fill out what is a very fresh and intuitive album. Songs like â€œA Friend Indeedâ€ seal up this EP, and ensure that Hansen is not trapped into a corner. For eir upcoming full length, the amount of directions that Hansen can take are virtually limitless. The production quality of â€œWedding Dayâ€ is at a very interesting level. Obviously, the quality of the songs on â€œWedding Dayâ€ is high enough to keep individuals sitting on the edge of their seats for the six cuts on this album. However, there is a decidedly lo-fi sound to this EP that will titillate individuals that have a flair for the vintage sound created by DiChristina and Veitiver.Pick up this album if you like this brand of retro sound.
Top Track: Shuffle Your Feet