John Vanderslice's music doesn't change much from album to album. Within the world of indie rock, he's carved him a niche all his own with clean but inventive production and lyrics that spend much of their time in the heads of unique characters. Vanderslice makes thoroughly modern pop, cut through with concerns about terrorism, disease, our ever-growing distance from nature, and our addiction to mass media. Even without varying his basic formula much, he manages to stay interesting from album to album.
John Vanderslice is nothing if not consistent. He's never made a bad record, and although his idiosyncratic songwriting and production have only grown more confident and compelling with his last several releases, neither has he made one that is truly, unabashedly great. Romanian Names does little to change any of that, news that should be at once heartening, slightly disappointing, and ultimately entirely unsurprising to his followers. A couple of minor, outward things are different this time around. After six albums on Barsuk, Vanderslice has jumped ship to the increasingly eminent Dead. Not great then, though not bad, Romanian Names holds the unfortunate and surprising distinction of being the very first John Vanderslice album to feel like just another John Vanderslice album.
For the John Vanderslice album, see Romanian Names. A name in Romanian consists of a given name (prenume) and a surname (nume or nume de familie). In official documents, surnames usually appear before given names. Traditionally, most people were given names from the Romanian Orthodox calendar of saints. Common names of this type are Ion or Andrei for males and Maria or Elena for females.
John Vanderslice – Romanian Names. Label: Dead Oceans – DOC026CD. Photography By, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Recorded By, Producer – John Vanderslice. Piano – Max Stroffregen. Recorded By, Mixed By, Producer, Other – Scott Solter.
Romanian Names Lyrics. They took you away at three To teach you a craft To make you compete When you fell off the balance beam You couldn't win but you jumped up again. And still wide-eyed you Still wide-eyed you Still wide-eyed you go. We met in the tunnel of the stadium Immediately was too fast and free I asked you to stay with me Don't return to that satellite tomb. More on Genius. Romanian Names" Track Info. Romanian Names John Vanderslice.
John Vanderslice turns 42 this month. Yes, the big four-zero, plus two: that’s more years than this album has minutes, and twice the age, I suspect, of much of his fanbase. You wouldn’t guess it listening to Romanian Names - firstly, I suppose, because it’s such a strikingly compelling batch of songs, devoid of staleness or complacency; and secondly, because there is such sincere concern throughout with memory, with youth, with uncertainty and rejection
The most noteworthy thing about John Vanderslice』s new album is this: Romanian Names it's the best record he』s made to date. The 12 songs represent a career-defining moment, a pitch-perfect collection written and recorded with the utmost care and attention. Vanderslice is certainly not the first artist to make such a leap several albums into a career – think Guided by Voices on Bee Thousand, Spoon』s Kill the Moonlight or Of Montreal』s Sunlandic Twins. Vanderslice's newest, his first for Dead Oceans, makes that step and separates itself from an already top-notch body of work.
|1||Trembler And Tear||2:45|
|3||C & O Canal||3:16|
|4||Too Much Time||3:29|
|8||Sunken Union Boat||2:48|
- Bass – Michael Mellender
- Bass, Double Bass – George Ban-Weiss
- Clarinet – Ben Goldberg
- Drums, Percussion, Keyboards – Matthias Bossi
- Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone – Jason Slota
- Keyboards – Ian Bjornstad
- Keyboards [Orchestron], Mellotron, Organ [Pump Organ] – Matt Cunitz*
- Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
- Other, Engineer [Second Engineering] – Laura Dean
- Photography By, Recorded By, Producer – JV*
- Piano – Max Stroffregen
- Recorded By, Mixed By, Producer, Other – Scott Solter
- Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Mitch Marcus, Sylvain Carton
- Violin, Viola, Hurdy Gurdy [Nyckelharpa] – Carla Kihlstedt
- Violin, Vocals, Piano – Daniel Hart
- Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards – John Vanderslice
NotesFor Promotional Use Only.
Recorded at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco.
For Isabelle Fix.
|DOC026CD||John Vanderslice||Romanian Names (CD, Album)||Dead Oceans||DOC026CD||US||2009|
|DOC026||John Vanderslice||Romanian Names (LP, Album)||Dead Oceans||DOC026||US||2009|