Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jason Falkner, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Waiting for new Jason Falkner music is only slightly more amusing than watching paint dry. The man seems to work constantly as a sideman for people like Paul McCartney, Cheap Trick, French electronica duo Air and recent Grammy winner Beck, but when it comes to his own music, fans have to make do with the scant material available. Don't even think about trying to see the man live. I saw him perform once in 1999 and I am quite sure he's only performed one or two other times on his own in NYC since then.
This is why the release of "Make It Be," Falkner's new collaboration with cult figure R. Stevie Moore, should have been a happy occasion. Considered a mad genius by some and a quirky, hit or miss singer-songwriter by me (the "low-fi pioneer" moniker already turns me off) Moore's odd experimentation given free reign by producer Falkner, sabotages what might have been a terrific record.
It's not completely unpleasant, as some of Moore's eccentricities coupled with Falkner's brand of pop genius work, not necessarily in a "I love that song" way, but in a "wow, that was interesting" way. And the Moore-penned tune "Play Myself Some Music," included here, is a perfect example of Moore's beautifully simplistic songwriting.
I'm still not sure how I feel about "Make It Be." When I listen, I want to continue listening and that's a good thing. But as I listen, I can't help see this as another missed opportunity for a proper Jason Falkner record.
It's HERE, if you want to check the whole thing out for yourself.