Jeffrey Altergott | Icarus Grounded

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Icarus Grounded

by Jeffrey Altergott

Thoughtful, honest, unashamed, poetic and imaginative - Jeff marries intimate vocals to an acoustic-pop style that is both melencholy and hopeful.
Genre: Folk: like Ani
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Icarus Grounded
4:22 $0.99
2. Misunderstands
3:29 $0.99
3. Breakneck Speed
3:47 $0.99
4. Broken Bottle
4:10 $0.99
5. Trying To Hide
4:04 $0.99
6. Whiter Than White
4:46 $0.99
7. Holding Hands With a Leper
4:38 $0.99
8. Pumpkin Head
3:56 $0.99
9. The Last Song
3:29 $0.99
10. A World Beyond
4:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jeff's music is a cozy blanket of sound to wrap around that little voice inside your head. Familiar, comforting and substantial with a brand of hopeful meloncholy that hints of an artist nurtured by the likes of Morrissey and the the Indigo Girls.

Born and raised within earshot of the sprawling Chicago music scene, Jeff was a player in its ranks for over a decade before moving his base of operations to Columbus, OH. First, teaming up with Jilly Idle in the acoustic duo Carnival of Faith. The group released two CDs and was invited to contribute a track to premier acoustic venue Uncommon Ground's compilation, Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse Sampler (Volume I).

Altergott took the solo road with his debut release, Little Blue Record Player, touted by Chicago Reader's Monica Kendrik to have "bite and funk and [a] sense of wonder".

Jeff's current release, Icarus Grounded, has him reaching for the stars with a CD that benchmarks excellence in the world of independent music. On the heels of it's release, the Chicago Tribune featured Altergott in its Artist Watch and then on their Metromix television program. The cut "Whiter than White" received accolades and airplay on WXRT's Local Anesthetic. Halfway around the world, LinuxTag handpicked the title track for the first OpenSource music compilation CD, which has been released in Europe. New York producers of Discovery Channel's upcoming Outward Bound series have licenced songs "Icarus Grounded" and "Holding Hands with a Leper" for episode soundtracks.

On stage, Altergott's energy swirls about the crowd like a whirlpool with an undercurrent that is as strong as it is irresistible. The strength of his live performance earned him a place at the annual Jeff Buckley tribute concert in 2000, honoring the transcendent hero with artists from across the country.



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Well grounded, always soaring
Icarus, the myth is about someone who crashed and burned, something ICARUS GROUNDED, the second album by Jeff Altergott, will never have to worry about. Altergott clearly shows where his influences as folk rocker come from, but always manages to sail over cheap imitation into original and enjoyable music that keeps both feet on the ground even as it dares you to fly.

The tracks on GROUNDED are on the somber side, but don't drift far into gloomy Duncan Sheik airspace, prefering to temper anger with love, despair with hope and always stays ready to take off with great musicality. Still, you can see why after coming in for a landing with ICARUS, that Altergott went for a more playful tone with his next album, RUNT.

Eric Fisher

damn good!
Fantastic - the songs are the type that you get something more from each time you listen. Lyrics are very intelligent and soulful. Jeff's voice and his music are perfectly matched... "Morrisey"-type voice with "Indigo Girls" lyrics. GREAT!