A LIFE, A SONG, A CIGARETTE - Fresh Kills Landfill

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette - Fresh Kills Landfill

13 songs
42:20 minutes
***** ***


Fresh Kills Landfill, a CD by A Life, A Song, A Cigarette, has been lying in my office for about three months and I have never got around to listen to it. One explanation may be that there are so many other albums I have to get through, but the uninspired band name and the dull cover artwork didn’t help in motivating me to give it an earlier shot.

After listening more closely to Fresh Kills Landfill, I regret that I haven’t done this time earlier. The debut by ALASAC from Austria is an excellent mixture of pop, rock and folk. The band doesn’t have the typical mid-European accent, letting you imagine that they might as well come from the USA. Their sentimental and fragile folk rock often reminds me of Bright Eyes. The use of various instruments like bass, drums, electric and acoustic guitars, trumpets, accordions and organs helps to make the sound richer. But there are also British influences. The excellently melancholic Counter Clockwise has a great Beatles flair, the soulish Change awakens memories of The Style Council and Amphetamines Song could be a Paul McCartney rock song. When the band takes a more lo-fi direction, it’s even possible to recognise a slight Daniel Johnston influence (Boy, Interrupted).

ALASAC have chosen the right combination of pop, folk and rock songs. There are maybe some tracks that are a bit too mellow for my taste (Joanne, Please Let Me Drink Away My Broken Heart), but this doesn’t disturb as they are integrated smartly inside the record. Fresh Kills Landfill has become a great singer/songwriter album which doesn’t have to hide behind the international competition. It’s nearly unbelievable that such music can still be created on the old continent.

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