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C.D. On Songs: Adam Sherman & Joe Kowalski – "Sugarcane"

April 23, 2010

You go to “rock shows” all the time, don’t you? How about an honest-to-goodness, red-carpet movie premiere? Doesn’t that sound glorious? The good thing is, it’s not a full-on movie premier, so no one from E! will be there to ask you who you’re wearing. And it’s Saturday night at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, not some place in Los Angeles. You still need rock? Of course you do. So here’s a track from the soundtrack to Phillip the Fossil, the movie whose premiere you are going to see. Enjoy.

Adam Sherman & Joe Kowalski – “Sugarcane”

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After a brief bass-only exposition of the song’s three-note motif, “Sugarcane” opens up into the standard cruising altitude of fuzzy bass, saturated vocals and bang-bang drums that carries it through to the end. This song definitely delivers a beating, but it is a subtle one.

Like Dr. Pepper, this song has an almost unidentifiable flavor/combination of flavors that mix and match into a unique bouquet. The bass and vocals are the major musical components of the song, and they stick to the song’s musical philosophy of “Keep it simple, keep it minor.” The vocal melodies don’t really flow, rather they come in short transmissions that add to the underlying theme of “Sugarcane.”

In the end, it is the fragmented aggression of “Sugarcane” that brings the experience of this track home. This emotion – or fractured sense of emotion – is the song’s “hook” in that it is the thing that stays with you long after the track is done.

Want to submit your band’s song to C.D. On Songs?

To be reviewed in a C.D. On Songs column:

*Be a Boston-based band/artist.

*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.

*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.

*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

We will assume that we have your permission to make the song downloadable on Boston Band Crush (readers will want to hear it, after all). If that’s not ok with you, say so and provide us with a link to the song on an embeddable player like ReverbNation – something we can include in the post (and not just link to).

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