Jack Conte has had a productive year. Fresh off the heels of his amazing â€œVideoSongs Volume 1â€, Conte has found the time to craft five new tracks, creating his â€œSleep In Colorâ€. â€œHollywood Endingsâ€ opens up â€œSleep In Colorâ€, establishing Conte as a musician that knows how to create a unique backdrop for his vocals. The eclectic nature of â€œHollywood Endingsâ€ ensures that the emotive vocals that are present interact with a number of genres and sounds, meaning that Irish and gypsy styles of composition tie themselves in with bits of sixties rock and even jazz, creating in â€œHollywood Endingsâ€ a truly unique song.
With a tremendous song to follow up, Conte puts forth â€œLike A Matchâ€, which may just be the best track on â€œSleep In Colorâ€ This is due to the fact that â€œLike A Matchâ€ builds off the world of Radiohead and eighties-vintage U2, making an epic rock track that is only made more impressive by the vocal qualities of Conte during the track. It is a chore for many acts to merely match the vocals well with the music that is being played, but Conte goes miles beyond that during â€œLike A Matchâ€, with vocals that come down from on high, modifying and changing the instrumentation just as they further the track to its too-soon end. â€œNow Thatâ€™s Sacredâ€ starts off with a more contemplative bit of guitar work before opening up, allowing Conteâ€™s vocals to become the focal point of the track.
The two pieces unite into brilliant flashes of indie rock, giving listeners what they need and prepping them for the discâ€™s final track, â€œCarousel Waltzâ€. â€œCarousel Waltzâ€ tinges Conteâ€™s vocals with a bit of sixties influence, but the otherworldly, circus-like atmosphere of the instrumentation during the track creates a much different context for listeners to appreciate Conteâ€™s vocals. The style of â€œCarousel Waltzâ€ is so unique that listeners will likely have to give it repeat listeners just to get the gist of what Conte is trying to do with this track. The bold step that Conte takes during â€œCarousel Waltzâ€ ensures that listeners will be unsure of where Conte will go in subsequent recordings, while the talent and presence that he brings to each cut on â€œSleep In Colorâ€ ensures that those listeners will purchase whatever Conte comes up with next. Pick up â€œSleep In Colorâ€ and see what I am talking about.
Top Track: Carousel Waltz
Jack Conte â€“ Sleep in Color / 2008 ShadowTree / 5 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/JackConte /