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Semi-Free


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Lo fi, ethereal jazzy, folky

Status:

Most recent release, First Ones (2011)

See also:

Janine Nichols's Semi-Free site

Comparisons:

Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Mary Margaret O’Hara

Covers/own material:

Own and covers

General comments:

Fascinating, folky and enjoyable music. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

The First Ones EP is their debut

Recordings:

First Ones (2011)

First Ones

Release info:

2011

Availability:

See Janine Nichols's Semi-Free site

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Janine Nichols—vocals, rhythm guitar
Brandon Ross—Yamaha Silent guitar, acoustic Guitar
Charlie Burnham—violin, Indian bells. conch shell

Guest artists:

Doug Wieselman—bass clarinet
Kenny Wollesen—Howitzer shells, wind wand, Whirly tube, SuperBall

Produced by:

Janine Nichols with Kathryn Dreier

Comments:

Janine Nichols' band play jazzy, highly poetic music with a very appealing sound. "Sigh of relief" is an intriguing, dreamy drift of a song with a strong mood that recalls early Jane Siberry. "Do as I do" is a folksy song with a distinctive feel that's unique. John Sebastian's "Darling be home soon" gets a sensitive reading, that's very jazzy and loose, Nichols' gorgeous vocals at the centre. "The grey funnel line" closes the album on a good note; it's a song by Cyril Tawney, sung in a beautiful way.  It's light and almost improvisational, and highly expressive. It's a great album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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