Beaujolais “All My Exorcisms”

By One Track Mind on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009  |  3,665 views

Indie Rock

Beaujolais “All My Exorcisms” Beaujolais “All My Exorcisms”

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The music world really needs more artists like Joe Ziemba. For over a decade, Ziemba has flown under the radar in indie bands Wolfie and The Like Young (who were a stripped-down version of the band Weezer should have become). In both acts, Ziemba was joined by the woman who would become his wife, Amanda Lyons.

When their marriage fell apart two years ago, Ziemba went solo in more ways than one, channeling the turbulent period into a new persona and artistic outlet: Beaujolais. His 2008 debut under the new moniker, Love at Thirty, was that rare work which provided both emotional catharsis and musical brilliance. Almost a year to the day, Ziemba will release his follow-up, Admirations, on Parasol Records on September 29th.

“All My Exorcisms” finds Ziemba becoming increasingly comfortable with an expanded instrumental palette, moving away from the minimalistic guitars-and-drums combo of The Like Young toward an approach that embraces drum machines, synthesizers, layered vocals, and more. However, the track itself doesn’t feel dense. With a run time under two minutes long, it never spends too much time in one spot, hopping instead from one foot to the other. The choruses about moving to Los Angeles (which Ziemba is actually in the process of doing) bop with an energy reminiscent of ’90s act that dog., and the track as a whole strikes a wonderful balance between melancholy and hope, poppiness and strangeness. There is something poignant about Beaujolais’ music in regards to the journey Ziemba is sharing to anyone who will listen, and it’s comforting to know that this leg of the trip is a little less turbulent.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Nate Says:

    Admirations is album of the year for me. Highly, highly, highly recommended.

  2. Jacki Says:

    The beginning of each verse(vocals and melody) have a slight resemblance to god lives underwater. Big fan of that element.

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