The Juliets- Perfect Season

. May 17, 2012.

Ypsi’s Juliets could’ve expanded and evolved the moods, sounds and styles of 2010’s Parade, (“If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it?”), but Perfect Season proves to be even richer in instrumentation and design, revealing the quintet to be much more than orchestral rock.

What began as a minimalist trio (piano/violin/cello) has dashed in measured auxiliary electronic elements from the guitar’s shimmering down a sun-splashed surfy hook on the warming, brushy opener, “Loon,” to the buoyant, low-buzz synth adding some new-wave flare to the propulsive and soaring “Only You.” Even when electric instruments sneak in, the cello and violin still assure listeners that the soul still comes from their horsehair bows sawing across wooden bridges, (i.g. the rickety rhythmic purr of the cello under a snaky violin shimmy through “Hey Stars”). Even so, much of Perfect’s punch comes from the rollicking drums (the danceable chop of “It’s Simple”) as well as the high wispy vocals over the chiming piano, bridging a Chopin-ian romance to a glossier new-wave pop.
Indeed, it’s flush with nuanced elements, both electric-and-acoustic (the furtive, dazzling ballad“Why Should I?” perhaps attains the best balance), but it’s victory is balance in composition. There’s also, overall, more confidence in its stride; perhaps a bit more autumnal compared to Parade’s springy shades. Cellos and synthesizers can get along, after all, the Juliets proved it. See them on Saturday, November 5 at Woodruff’s in Ypsi.

Trending

PowerArt! Three favorites From Ann Arbor’s Open-Air Museum

By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance

Tyler Duncan On Versatility & Community

by Jeff Milo Music forges connections. And with an artist like Tyler Duncan spending the last 15 years in the producer’s chair for albums by Michigan-based artists, music cultivates versatility. Ann Arbor-based Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer/producer, Tyler Duncan’s fall/winter slate of production/writing-contribution credits include the forthcoming debut album by singer/songwriter Madeline Grant, followed by new releases

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Identity in Distress

Ticket to Ride: Swizzille Trip’s ‘Psychedelic Friday’ Aug. 30 at The Blind Pig

Swizzille Trip will take Ann Arbor on a dreamy, unhinged sonic ride Friday night. The Detroit psych-rock trio will host “Psychedelic Friday” with Detroit Trouble, The Kenny Hill Group, Frame 42 and XLR8 at The Blind Pig. It will be a far-out musical journey filled with trippy, poppy and down-home blues-rock fitting for a Labor