Monday, May 9, 2011

CD Review: Come Visit The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library sound like it belongs in your local neighborhood or could be found at your local school, but actually it is the latest band from the Northeast. Band leader Michael Epstein got the idea for his band name while on a trip in Washington D.C. visiting the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library. The idea for the name just stuck as he was developing this nine-piece folk orchestra. Their debut release, entitled simply "Volume 1" will be available on May 10th.

The music ranges from the Americana sounding "Amylee" to the dark folk storytelling of "The Weeping Song". The Memorial Library tries to add a bit of pop overtones in "Every Time I Visit You, It Rains", but the monotone vocals and mellow instrumentation keeps the mood somber. Even if the song's subject matter isn't always pleasant as in "Lymph Nodes", the up-tempo sound of the music gives the song a light, airy feeling. The band comes together in unison on "Civil Engineering" as the tempo and lyrics mesh well together.

The band have a show scheduled for May 19 in Cambridge, MA. For more information and song samples from the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, please visit michaeljepstein.com.

1 comment:

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What a good idea to make a Memorial Library! Thanks for those people, who made their effort to create this place! He deserved it...