Sodafrog

CD Name: 
Hang the Moon
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#003300
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http://www.myspace.com/sodafrog
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<p>Sodafrog&rsquo;s debut release, <em>Hang the Moon </em>is a beautiful album, three years in the making. What amazed me about this album is that Tom Janovitz, the talent behind Sodafrog, plays eight instruments on the album including the Chinese erhu and all the lead vocals. It is meticulously written, produced and recorded by Janovitz himself at &ldquo;his place in Somerville&rdquo; which really adds an impressive element to the album. No, element is an understatement. The quality of the sound on this album is truly gorgeous and I am extremely impressed.&nbsp; It is obvious when an artist has put tremendous effort into their work to make it perfect and the end product glows with the labor and time that went into it. It makes an album very unique and gives it a pure personality. The songs vary in styles but root in American blues and indie folk-rock. The lyrics are balladistic and the stories are emotionally dark at times. &ldquo;Central Nonsense&rdquo; is a story about a girl who wants &ldquo;more, more, more&rdquo; the glockenspiel adds a jovial accent to the keep-on-truckin&rsquo; tempo and encouraging lyrics. It&rsquo;s borderline poppy and is catchy as hell, I woke up with it stuck in my head. &ldquo;Chances at Sea&rdquo; is my favorite track on the album, composed of dire and wintery lyrics, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t matter much anymore/the TV is still broken/you&rsquo;re running out of books/the guitar is still missing all its strings&rdquo;. The vocals are eerie and there are ghosts in the chorus. The song is beautiful and dark and sad. It is the only song on the album where Janovitz plays everything. The album is tight and the tracks are diverse. <em>Hang the Moon</em> is a shining example where hard work pays off. Sodafrog will be celebrating the release of <em>Hang the Moon</em> with a two day extravaganza at <a href="http://www.ploughandstars.com/">Plough and Stars</a> in Cambridge on Thursday April 22nd and Friday April 23rd. Sodafrog will be playing with a full band including members of Mean Creek and Molly Coddle. <em><a href="http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/">http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/</a>--Meghan Chiampa</em></p>