Sometimes you know somethings good because it gives you those little shivers down your spine. When Erica Russo, head honcho of, well, Erica Russo and the Good Sports starts singing, it has this sort of fragile beauty that it caused much squirming in the backseat mafia offices (my front room). But then it also confounds you, because just as you begin to think this is a folky little gem, then it suddenly throws in a bit of slightly more angular indie pop, twisting and turning your expectations. It’s like the bubblegum in Charlie and the Chocolate factory that gives you a three course meal the more you chew it. http://backseatmafia.com/2013/11/06/see-erica-russo-and-the-good-sport-new-video/
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A band out of Cambridge, Massachusetts that have put together one of the more effortlessly cool albums of 2013 in thir LP Little House, Little Hill that was released a little earlier this year. The album blends together Erica's heartfelt and honest lyrical style with a delightful music backing that moves between whimsical and wonderful at all times. To put it simply, Erica is more than your average artist trying to break into the music industry. She's an individul that lives and breathes her craft, and the results can be seen and heard in her music. http://www.takenbysound.com/erica-russo#!an-interview-with-erica-russo/cotp
Our featured artist this week is New York folk band Erica Russo And The Good Sport consisting of Erica herself, Billy Leva, John Zurek and Ryland Hall. Not your average day folk band, these guys bring fire of truth and energy into their songs. After listening to their new album Little House, Little Hill this week, Erica Russo and The Good Sport are certainly ones to watch out for. Describing their sound as ‘Like light coming through orange curtains onto an honest, stripped down and dirty wall. Soft, but with a fire of truth and energy’ - fragile yet beautiful with drops of folk, indie and articulate vocals, their music will leave you wanting more.
The band recently released their new music video to the leading single Little House, Little Hill. With clever animations and live shots, bright colors and funky costumes, the video is articulate and entices their beautiful sound. http://creativesessionspresents.com/2013/11/15/new-music-erica-russo-and-the-good-sport-little-house-little-hill-music-video/
There’s conflict among the woodland creatures in “Little House, Little Hill,” a semi-recent claymation video from Erica Russo and the Good Sport. The song is the title track to the Brooklyn indie-folk band’s 2013 album, their third LP (along with an EP) since the band members met in 2008 in Cambridge, Mass.
The video follows a bird who awakes to discover a full jar of sunflower seeds has been emptied while she slept, and sets out to find the thief. Was it the squirrel who lurks outside her birdhouse? The frog zapping sunflower seeds off a nearby lily pad before disappearing into the pond? Or the porcupine who fires quills at her when confronted? The bird does her best to investigate amid shots of band members in animal costumes playing instruments.
Erica Russo's poetic delivery and shifting rhythms give her songs a unique sound. http://www.whatstheruckus.com
Rhythmically hypnotic folk-rock with atmospherically poetic lyrics led by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Russo. http://arborweb.com/calendar/nightspots/Woodruff_s.html
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Sporting a nonchalance and casual cool that champion poker players strive for their whole lives, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Erica Russo is like a breeze on ice. She dresses her tunes up a bit more than most in the idiom. For those who like the stark reality of an artist's wood and wire, you'll find it lurking in between Russo's breaths and the cracks in her melodies."
A cherub with dreadlocks and some burgeoning guitar chops. She finds stunning harmonies all over the fretboard, and has a very original ear for melody.
From poetic flourish to bedrock reality, steadily hypnotic guitar and a wide-eyed sense of place, she nails a feeling.
“Signing Up for This" asks, "Where do you get off?", which sounds like it could both be an accusation or a question about public transportation. The central tension of Brooklyn denizen Erica Russo’s music lies somewhere between those two realms. “The sky has never looked so white before / What the hell am I doing / Stooping to this level?”, she sings, shooting from poetic flourish to bedrock reality, her voice lightly punctuating each line, handing out meaning before tossing each word carelessly out. In turn, every single word stands out in deep focus, briefly and intensely showing itself before winking as quickly out.
This confidence in diction is just one advanced step in an already speedy evolution. Russo’s newest songs, recently debuted live, cherry-pick the best of “Signing Up For This”: a wide-eyed sense of place, steadily hypnotic guitar, the sloughing off of the coffee shop atmosphere, dialing down the soft drums and packing the conversational emotions tighter. Really, her music echoes her lyrics so perfectly, a tense, embattled coming-to-terms can be played out at low volumes; she knows certain all-too-familiar crutches are about to get some serious re-evaluation, and she’s ready. That she then nails a feeling—acceptance, doubt, anger both stupid and transformative—without ever seeming constrained by it is what makes “Signing Up” exceptional. It’s a simple song that more than earns its simplicity—by leaving the listener wanting more. -Chris Molnar
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