Elliott Sharp – COMMUNE – FREE LAND FOR FREE PEOPLE

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Referring to his “suburban New York 70′s roots”, director Jonathan Berman asked Elliott Sharp to “quote an era, riff on a feeling, steal a dream”. The result is a soundtrack that transports the listener right into that period, with fast-footed psychedelia, quicksilver turnarounds in standard rock format and acoustic blues on a fingerpicked dobro. Sharp’s chameleon-like attitude could be misconstrued as overindulgence, yet he remains so proficiently sober that one forgets about the role of certain “lookin’ back” movie atmospheres and learns to enjoy the sheer musicality of these nuggets (it’s worth hunting out the CD for “Panic”‘s harmonized guitar line alone) performed by Sharp with Michelle Casillas on vocals, Dave Hofstra on acoustic bass and Sim Cain managing all drum duties.

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