Friday, November 11, 2011

The Poison Oaks

Add Date: November 8 

Artist: The Poison Oaks 

Album: Pine (EP) 

Label: Self-released 

Genre: Indie, alternative 

Comments: Things to know about The Poison Oaks: if you check out their tumblr page, you'll find a sweet recipe for ginger-coconut dark chocolate bark. On Twitter, they seem extremely concerned about Kim Kardashian's recent divorce. But really. The Poison Oaks are fairly recent, and began as a side project of Laura Cortese, the vocalist. Cortese is an American singer, songwriter and fiddler who has performed with Band of Horses, Uncle Earl, and Michael Franti.

The songs we have here are for the most part fairly upbeat, sort of feel-good jams. Even track 2, which is called "Tragedy", is a pretty feel-good tune. The promoter says that you'll like The Poison Oaks if you're a fan of Meiko, Bat for Lashes, Ingrid Michaelson, Cat Power or St. Vincent... Let me just tell you, I definitely like all of those, and I love The Poison Oaks.

Definitely check them out if you're a sucker for good female vocals, clever lyrics and upbeat tempos. Start with 1, 2, and 4. But let's be real, there are five songs, and they're all really great.

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