Saturday, February 11, 2006
CD of the Day, 2/11/06: Phil Ayoub-Schoolbus Window Paper Heart
Phil Ayoub's Schoolbus Window Paper Heart was one of my more recent pleasant surprises, having picked it up over the holidays. The record was produced by one of David Gray's sidemen, but frankly it's better than any David Gray record I've heard. This is great singer-songwriter stuff, in many places worthy of my holy trinity of Josh Rouse, David Mead and Freedy Johnston. The standout track, "River to Ocean", though, is jangly power pop bliss reminiscent of Michael Carpenter. There's hardly a weak track in the batch on this one.
As usual, the tracks can be sampled at the cdbaby link, but here are some full-length mp3 downloads Mr. Ayoub has graciously provided us with:
Lying and Stealing
Scenes From an American Highway Rest Stop
You can also stream the full track "Carnival Days" at Phil's myspace page, although he really needs to get "River to Ocean" up there. :)