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Copper Moon

by Tom Freund

Organic, singer/songwriter with rock-folk and jazz inflections, music to soul search by
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Copper Moon
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2. Mercury
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3. Run Like That
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4. C'est La Vie
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5. Leavin' Town
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6. October Girl
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7. Babysitter (I'll Watch Them)
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8. I Don't Wanna Wait
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9. Comfortable In Your Arms
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10. Married To Laughter
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11. New Moon of the 7th Sun
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Now residing in Venice, California, Tom Freund has completed his newest work, Copper Moon, 11 stirring songs from the troubadour's closet. Recorded part in NYC and part in Los Angeles, Freund seems to bridge the gap between city streets and desert highways, with some stops along the way for Relationships 101. The album is self-produced, with drumming by Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright) and Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson, Blind Boys Of Alabama), lap steel by Ben Peeler (The Wallflowers) and even some strings by legendary Tom Waits producer, arranger, Jerry Yester. Tom plays the rest of the stringed instruments, including his signature upright bass, and piano.

Tom Freund's 2001 release Sympatico earned just praise for its "amazing songwriting" (Rockzines.com), "acoustic richness" (No Depression) and "passionately bent vocal stylings" (Harp Magazine). In addition to garnering raves from Ned Wharton, music director of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, Sympatico has also been championed by NPR's flagship music station KCRW-FM, which has featured Freund live from their studios.

While still an undergraduate near Los Angeles, Freund released a duo album with Ben Harper entitled Pleasure and Pain (1992). He then joined indie-rock outfit The Silos for four years of extensive touring in the U.S. and Europe. Settling down in Austin, TX. , Tom worked on the songs for his debut album, North American Long Weekend (Red Ant/Mercury). Long Weekend was critically acclaimed despite the label folding soon after it's release. It was rated #3 in New York Times critic Ann Power's annual best-of roundup in 1998. In 2000, Tom fired back with a self-released EP, L.A. Fundamentalist Music, which singer-songwriter Victoria Williams describes as "a classic. I keep it in my CD player all day. It's got joy. It's got hope." And, its tracks have appeared in the films "12 Bucks, " "Me & Will" and TV's "Felicity."

Lately, Graham Parker has taken a great interest in Tom's talent, having him as the opener as well as a multi-instrumentalist joining him, on tour and in the studio (see GP's latest record on Bloodshot). Victoria Williams and Hollywood Records' Josh kelley have also spent time collaborating with Freund on material this past year. Tom will continue in 2004 to play out extensively in LA, NY and most points in between (including, of course, Austin's SXSW) actively promoting his new CD, Copper Moon.

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Mark Terry

Different...but Fantastic!
Saw Tom Freund at the Viper Rooms as Im from UK Ive never heard of him but him promoting this album live was fantastic and the CD is just as good. His voice is great to chill out to and the stand out track being Copper Moon. I would recommend seeing him live too! So please check this out he deserves the big time!!
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Music Connection

distinctive Americana stylings
"Copper Freund"
Veteran session cat Tom Freund always manages to stay busy. When he's not working with the likes of Victoria Williams, The Silos and Graham Parker, Freund can be found touring solo with his distinctive Americana stylings. After three acclaimed LP's, Freund is gearing to release his latest record, Copper Moon, from his own Surf Road Records. The album features support from members of The Wallflowers and X, along with string production from mater arranger Jerry Yester (Tom Waits). On August 29th, Freund is scheduled to anchor an impressive lineup of artists at the Folk music Center in Claremont. By Scott Dudelson
Music Connection 8/2/04
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Washington Post

"At Iota, a Delightfully Impulsive Tom Freund"
"At Iota, a Delightfully Impulsive Tom Freund"

It was shaping up to be a bad night Monday for Tom Freund at Iota. The California troubadour, who confessed that "I'm in an [expletive] mood tonight," couldn't find his harmonicas. But contracts have to be fulfilled, so Freund and company took the stage -- and pretty much ran with it.

Freund clearly delights in enigma. His vocals could go from laconic to impassioned without such obvious trickery as cranking up the volume. His lyrics were full of curveballs:
In "Copper Moon," the title track of his latest album, he mused: "I guess we'll keep this old house on the edge of town / That way I can call on you when you're not around." At times he played his acoustic guitar as if it were electric. And partway through the set, he discarded it to play some funky upright bass.

Freund had fine support from lap-steel player and bassist Drew Glackin, with whom he'd played in the Silos and, recently, Graham Parker's Twang Three, and from percussionist
Matt Johnson, who has worked with Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. Bassist John Young also joined the group on several numbers. Glackin and Young were subtle, Johnson
aggressive, furthering the sense that Freund delighted in reconciling opposites.

A few songs in, a pleasant surprise: A bartender presented Freund with the missing harmonica bag. Later, during "Business of Knowing," a magnificent jalopy of musical
parts -- meditative lap steel, penetrating percussion, brooding vocals -- Freund grabbed a harmonica to wail on a few bars at what sounded like the end of the song. Then the
ensemble upshifted into a lengthy, big-rock finish. "I'm not in the business of knowing just what I'm gonna do," Freund sang. So much the better for his listeners.
-- Pamela Murray Winters, © 2004 The Washington Post Company

 
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High Bias.com

Tom Freund just keeps getting better
It's such a cliché, but it's one that's apt here: Tom Freund just keeps getting better. On his third album Copper Moon he's an insightful an observer as ever of the things people do to each other in the name of love. But his melodies are more memorable this time out (not that they were crap before). Tunes like "I Don't Wanna Wait," "October Girl" and the title track will have you crooning along with lines like "And I worry about where you are/In a world that's gone way too far." He's also pushing his own envelope a bit, infusing his trademark jazz/noir leanings with electronic ephemera on "Comfortable in Your Arms" and "Leavin' Town." He ends the record with "New Moon of the 7th Sun," a gorgeous piano ballad in the classic tradition. Copper Moon is damn near a masterpiece. If he keeps his momentum going, the next album will be a stone killer. Michael Toland
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Elania Layman

Copper Moon is unique in its poetry and beautiful instrumentation.
This review will be short, but not because I can't find many wonderful words to describe Copper Moon. Tom has a great uniqueness that sets him apart. His poetry is beautiful and captures the listener's attention. What a wonderful blend of instruments as well. There is obviously a multitude of talent that Tom Freund shows off in this collection of songs. I can't wait for more to come. Thank you very much, Elania Layman
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Vince Stuber

The best opening act I have ever been to
I went to the Ben Harper concert in Myrtle Beach, SC in July as a birthday present from my sister as Ben Harper has been my favorite artist for the last 8 years, and I wasnt sure what to expect from the opening act. I want to say that Tom Freund was absolutely amazing. The best opening act I have ever been to. As I stood listening to Tom play I can't count how many people were asking me who that was playing on stage and how many people were writing Tom's name down on whatever they had. I have never seen that kind of reaction from an opening act. The entire concert was so alive and filled with this electricity. Simply Amazing. Tom needs to start selling on the East Coast and get his albums on the radio over here more. I can promise that he will sell alot of albums if he sticks with Ben Harper. I have been listening to Tom's studio albums for a couple weeks now and haven't taken them out of my cd player yet. I was wondering though, what songs did Tom play at the Myrtle Beach concert and if he had any live versions of them out there. If you could let me know I would appreciate it. Thanks for everything and keep playing,
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John Barclay

A wonderful blend of folk, jazz, and a bit of country
Biases: 23 year old Canadian male, likes all styles of music but CD collection is mostly hip-hop.

I saw Tom Freund open for Ben Harper at the July 12th concert in Vancouver, and was blown away. I was just such a nice blend of folk and jazz, with a touch of country thrown in. Now to be honest, I hate country music, it makes my ears bleed. At the concert I actually said out loud that Tom's music is like country that doesn't suck. But I digress. The album itself is wonderful. The sounds envoke the images of looking up at the stars and pondering my place in life, or sitting in a coffee house entrapped in a thick haze of smoke (the smoke being generated by more illicit material.... I am from Vancouver). In short, "Copper Moon" is fantastic.
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Bryce Eddings

if Tom Petty and Nick Drake had a love child
Copper Moon speaks with a quiet authority. Freund has been at this for a
while - this is his third solo album - and his maturity as a songwriter is
evident.  From simple nostalgia to complicated conversations about interior observations of living in America today, Tom takes us willingly into his quiet, understated world.

Stylistically, one is tricked into settling down for a typical acoustic
singer/songwriter album by the simple, self exposing first track, "Copper
Moon."  But Tom sharpens his rock blade for "Mercury" on track two then
switches gears to an almost country tune with number three: "Run Like That."

By now the listener knows that they are in for a unique voice. Freund
doesn't disappoint. The following tunes on Copper Moon are each fully
realized and unique as he explores folk, swing, rock and country but each step remains a pleasing element of a cohesive whole.

The best description of Freund's sound, and I hate to do this, is what one
would get if Tom Petty and Nick Drake had a love child.  His voice is soft
and his presentation subtle but he retains that American "thing." It is very satisfying to find an artist in any medium that makes a unique contribution to the fabric of American art.  Here is Tom Freund's offering and I thank him for it.
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ROCKZILLAWORLD

I found a surprisingly clever, cohesive and subtly remarkable album
Tom  Freund has an impressive resume. He has played in a duo with  Ben Harper, toured with The Silos and has references such as Graham Parker (who calls Freund, next to Lucinda Williams, his favorite working songwriter) and Victoria Williams praising his work.

Copper Moon is Freund's third full-length release, and the record is a culmination of Waitsian jive and SoCal singer-songwriter fare with a stubborn pop sophistication. If this description makes little sense, that's because you just have to hear it.

At first listen, I didn't make much of Freund's latest offering. But after a couple more spins and a more a-tune ear, I found a surprisingly clever, cohesive and subtly remarkable album.

Freund's voice is somewhere between a rougher-around-edges ersion of Josh Rouse and a more forceful Joe Henry. Lyrically, he falls between Rouse and Henry as well. In "C'est La Vie," Freund muses:

You want your space and eat it too
But look how far that's gotten you in the past
Not very far

Or take another example from "Married to Laughter":

She fares well in the quakes and the floods and the fires
They're part of her moods
Says her prayers to the man upstairs
But the one below intrudes

The mixture of sincerity and irreverence works a delicate but steady balance throughout Copper Moon . Beginning with the title track and ending with "New Moon of the 7th Sun," which features a tasteful string arrangement by Jerry Yester, the 11-track record changes styles, but never gears. Freund handles the majority of the production duties himself and brings an eclectic dynamic to his lovelorn and road-weary lyricism.

The last verse of the final song, "New Moon of the 7th  Sun" reads:

Like a frozen river lets go of its icy bounds
I have come alive and run to the sound
Of your tune.

As the ice melts this spring, Tom Freund has a made another  record that challenges listeners to have the patience to hear  the subtle masterpieces this artist crafts.
By Zach Peterson
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Tony Peyser, Santa Monica Mirror

Venice-based Tom Freund's newest CD, Copper Moon, is something to howl over
Venice-based Tom Freund's newest CD, Copper Moon, is something to howl over. Four years into a solo career, there's a poise and growth here that amounts to three steps forward and no steps back. Freund's a hipster troubadour whose albums reflect work he's done with others, like the soulful Ben Harper and rocking Graham Parker. A serenely cool song like "Mercury" has such an assured stride that you just wave and salute as Freund's parade swooshes by.
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