FFS New Bands Panel: Musical Charis


Sacramento’s Musical Charis have just released their LP People, People, so we sent the panel in for a listen.

EmmaEmma Dalby Bowler: Lush and full of life, jam-packed with uplifting harmonies, the album People People is at first not especially exciting, but one that I have returned to numerous times when needing a bit of happiness. There’s a sort of Fleetwood Mac feel to the female vocal, and although it occasionally seems overly produced, in the most part this means there’s a real depth to the sound and instrumentation. The stand-out tracks for me are Jezebel which has a louche seductive feel and Baby Blue which wrong-footed me by going from Everything But The Girl to mid-period REM in the space of a line.

LouisgilbertLouis Gilbert: With simple arrangements usually involving an acoustic guitar and male and female harmonies, Musical Charis are in a similar vein to MOR stars like Jewel and Shelby Lynne. It’s well crafted pop accompanied with subtle additions such as glockenspiel and brushed drums, but sadly it’s hard to find a heart amongst the over shiny production.

AliceSageAlice Sage: If you wished that Yeasayer were less exciting, or that MGMT could sound more like Flock of Seagulls, you will like this. I would listen to these guys if I had to but I can’t recommend them to anyone. There are enough bands already making similar sounds and the world (in my opinion) doesn’t need more. Saying that, the country twang of Tell Me is quite beautiful – though I put that down to one good harp player and a decent violinist, not musical genius. Overall they are chirpy, saccharine, glossy and alright, with occasional mindless dirges (Jezebel, Fish). Like a Zooey Deschanel movie but with nothing to look at and no jokes.

Check out Musical Charis for yourself here.

4 comments for “FFS New Bands Panel: Musical Charis

  1. Patrick B.
    19 October 2010 at 2:37 am

    Musical Charis is really fun to see live. I enjoy their shows. They are awesome people. They are still young and growing musically. I’m excited to hear the growth. They work hard and are dedicated so I think we will see and hear some pretty rad music from them for years to come.

    • Carol M
      19 October 2010 at 6:10 am

      My husband and I first found Musical Charis accidentally; that is to say that we had actually gone to see another group originally. MC came on afterward and we were absolutely charmed by their sound and their spirit. We couldn’t pull ourselves away. I will be totally blown away if these extremely-gifted musicians don’t someday gain the recognition they deserve. And, besides being talented, they are good people. Their moms can be very proud of them!

  2. 21 October 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I personally feel that all the greatest bands are best live. And Musical Charis is one of those bands that you definitely have to see perform. Their energy and enthusiasm is catching, and though I usually don’t find myself singing along at shows, I’ve found myself singing at the top of my lungs, and I’m not the only one in the crowd. Their album is one of my top picks for this year. But seriously, catch one of their shows. You won’t walk away disappointed.

  3. 22 October 2010 at 9:21 am

    People People is a dynamic album. I always enjoy the harmonies and fun stories beneath the songs. MC is such a fun bunch to capture, as I took the picture posted above. See more at http://www.christinathephotographer.com … there is no photo cred so i’ll give it to myself. PEACE

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