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Rec Room: Elizabeth Onusko: Taller Children

October 14, 2009


beth_onusko-small.jpg I get annoyed when songs I love attract the attention of advertisers and filmmakers (I’m talking about you, Arcade Fire, Matt and Kim, DeVotchKa, and Bitter:Sweet). Sure, it’s positive in the sense that great songs are getting worldwide attention, and the artists are (hopefully) receiving much-deserved compensation for their work. Nonetheless, I can’t help feeling disappointed that songs I admire for their artistic merit are being used to sell champagne, cars, and movies.

As far as I’m aware, this hasn’t happened yet to Elizabeth & the Catapult’s debut CD, Taller Children, but it’s just a matter of time, in my opinion. This CD is so enjoyable because it avoids monotony—rather than lingering in a single emotional zone, it continuously alternates between effervescence and melancholy. The songs remind me equally of Au Revoir Simone and Beth Orton, a band and a singer-songwriter I particularly admire. If I had to guess, I’d say that “Rainiest Day of Summer,” my favorite track, will be the first track to be picked up—I can just hear it playing during a scene in which the protagonist mulls over her recent breakup while walking alone along a city street (in the rain, of course).

Bio: Elizabeth Onusko is managing editor of Guernica. Read her last recommendation “here”:https://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1319/staff_pick_elizabeth_onusko_4/.

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