Thursday, July 19, 2018
Mike Viola's American Egypt: Another One For The Best Of 2018 List!
I won't pretend to be Mike Viola's biggest fan. When the Candy Butchers major label debut, "Falling Into Place" was released in the late 90's, I had friends raving, while I found most of it fairly pedestrian. But over the years, these same friends followed Viola's every move and would often suggest tracks or projects that they thought might change my mind. It worked, especially after seeing the "Pure McCartney" video, which featured Viola with my favorite Dane Tim Christensen, Tracy Bonham and Christensen's band The Damn Crystals, performing Sir Paul's "Ram" in its entirety. That video is one of the most exhilarating performances I have ever seen, and over the years, I've come to truly appreciate Mike Viola's brilliance as a songwriter.
So...Mike Viola. He posted this on his Facebook page on Tuesday:
"The American Egypt is on Apple Music today. Other platforms slowly populating as I type. I decided on Friday not to wait until the fall to put this music out. Here we GO."
And then this:
"American Egypt will be on Spotify and other streaming platforms very soon… It just takes a little more time to populate. Also it will be available this fall on LP and CD. But right now if you have Apple Music enjoy! PS I didn’t have Apple Music until about an hour ago ha ha Ha ha ha!"
I decided to go in last night. and quite frankly, I am surprised that I came out.
"The American Egypt" is one of the most raw and intense collections of songs I have heard since Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band." By no means a conventional power pop record, the sounds, melodies and particularly the words, play out almost like a stream of consciousness confessional. I sat frozen, as each story unfolded in ways most pop music would not dare to unfold.
I would recommend listening from head to tail. I think it is important with this particular record. But if you lack the time or patience, here are some highlights.
"The American Egypt" is one powerful listen. It took a lot out of me in the best possible ways.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:53 AM