Connie Acher is the name under which Melodie Provenzano writes songs (although it's hard to see why when her own name is so wonderful…). Primarily known as a painter, For Giving shows that Acher / Provenzano is a canny songwriter and musician as well, somehow managing to express a sense of the dull everyday without actually being dull.. Heavyweight vinyl release on Golden Lab.
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Connie Acher takes a break from her first love, the wonderful world of painting, to deliver some songs, which are a kind of painting in which you splash the mp3 with sounds from the artbrush that is your instrument. Or something. ‘For Giving’ is a well-worked collection in which subtle hooks meet nice lounge arrangements so that everyone may enjoy a good time. “Forgiving”, with its languishing guitar chords, lasts a lot longer than you might expect it do -- you’d think it’d collapse under the weight of its simple melody, but Acher brings in lovely woodwind, blazing piano chords and a nice sly drumbeat.
Acher’s understated tunes are strange and skewed, daring you to notice what they don’t sound like; they recall the kind of parameters Al Stewart used to work in, where strange lyrics and hamfisted instrumentation became something beautiful. “Save Yourself” is one such case, with Acher’s lyrics sort of rambling over the point as little unexpected additives shuffle in -- a fiery rawk riff, a sneaky fill, or even that roll of the piano that sounds near identical to one of ‘Another Green World’. The sparsity of the bubbly “Sweetheart”, coupled with its lowly-mixed harmonies, makes me think of a cartoon where the Beatles are all spiders. That kinda thing -- an unsettling positivity backed with arrangements that are gonna change whenever they want.
The sly pace of this record is most suitable -- for the bits you like to filter down. “Rats” lays its thick strums on before adding in a silly keyboard setting and drifting xylophone that takes the song to another setting entirely. With its droning but maneuvering pace, you becoming something like a character in a surreal painting -- same thing day in, day out, but hey, it's a weird world you're cooped up in.
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