Friday, January 4, 2013

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Rockers Falldown and Elliot Knapp

A couple of new albums coming your way, first from the Chicago area comes the debut album from acoustic rockers Falldown and secondly from the Seattle area comes the sophomore album from singer/songwriter Elliot Knapp.

New band, Falldown, features members from other indie-rock bands, The Redwalls and The Hue. Together they create a fresh new alt-country sound with a bit of an edginess to its sound. Fans of Wilco and Whiskeytown will appreciate the music displayed on this album. Songs like “The Drain” and “Sarah Says” shows the diversity of this band. They can either plug-in their guitars and rock or go acoustic on the heartfelt ballads. The album is underlined by the country-rock as heard in the opening song, “Couch Sleep” and the closer “Steam Again.”

Falldown have a couple of shows lined up in January before heading out on a full-tour this coming spring. From more information on the new band, please visit their website at

Singer/songwriter Elliot Knapp released his new album, “Cheap Seats at the Cartesian Theater” back in December. The 23-song album carries a very experimental, Frank Zappa-type vibe that not too many artists are brave enough to try. The songs on this album tell little stories as in the 2-minute acoustic jaunt of “Chrysalis (In Three Verses)” and the dark rocking sounds of “Expedient Means To A Narrows.” His talents shine on the 3-minute instrumental “I Digress” and the gentle acoustics of “A Nice Place.” His experimentation really takes off on the one- and two-minute pieces of music and song that makes up the second half of the album and concludes with the seventies, David Bowie sounding “A House Is Not A Loam.” The album closes with the acoustic, folk-styling of “We’ll Be Alright.”

To find out more about Elliot Knapp and his new album, “Cheap Seats at the Cartesian Theater,” please visit

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