Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount | Hearttones

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by Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

Charming Epics from Cosmic Folk Rock Explorers
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Remember
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
3:37 $1.00
2. A Bit of a Hard Time
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
4:20 $1.00
3. Saucepan
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
3:21 $1.00
4. Wrapped
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
4:29 $1.00
5. Wish You Well
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
3:30 $1.00
6. Where Was the Word
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
3:06 $1.00
7. Where We Found It
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
2:31 $1.00
8. Fat Cats Fat Cheeks
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
2:53 $1.00
9. Mama Song
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
2:54 $1.00
10. Aren't We Now
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
3:34 $1.00
11. This Is How We're Gonna Say Goodbye
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
4:53 $1.00
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Album Notes
From Jacob Uitti of "The Seattle Times:"

If you’ve ever wondered what kids’ music for adults sounds like, look no further than Seattle’s Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount. The trio [celebrated] the release of its new album, “HeartTones,” at the Crocodile on Jan. 12.

Some might think kids music for adults would sound hokey — like a big purple Barney singing about tax deductibles and car repairs. But when achieved by an artist, the feat employs mystery, shadowy harmony and — yes — plenty of embedded encouragement.

“HeartTones” brims with 11 exquisitely charming tracks, many of which build into blossoming grandeur. Like on “A Bit Of A Hard Time,” where the mood begins bright and cute but grows as Massey (a new mother and working nanny) pushes listeners forward, as if they’re taking their first steps to the rhythm of her falsettos.

“The 6-year-old I nanny for asked me, ‘What is “HeartTones” about?’ and I said, ‘Most of what I write is about you and your sister and (Massey’s son) Carl, because I spend most of my week with you,’” explains Massey, who plays piano and guitar on the album, backed by Dominic Cortese on drums and Matt Deason on bass.

While all of the album’s songs are lively and playful, the one that leaps from the lot is “Where Was the Word,” a popping, candy-sticky anthem livened by snares and a constant rise. “And how will I know,” repeats Massey, “if I’m all right?”

The album also features a few lyric-less tunes, which achieve a lullaby effect. They’re ditties a parent might sing or something a Frog and Toad windup music box might chime at bedtime (you had one of those growing up, right?). But on those with lyrics, Massey reminds her listeners to imagine and maintain a natural open spirit.

“Being a mom has changed my life completely,” says Massey. “I write music that Carl likes — I sing to him constantly, and if he doesn’t like it, I can’t go further.”

And while “Heart Tones” in all of its nurturing intention can’t teach listeners every life lesson, the album does maintain a musical space where people can go to feel thought of, appreciated. And for a band that offers so much positive encouragement to its listeners, on Jan. 12 at the Crocodile their fans will have a chance to give some of that back.



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