Taller Children

Taller Children

by Elizabeth & the CatapultElizabeth & the Catapult


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Having already issued a handful of homemade recordings, Elizabeth & the Catapult sound unusually assured on their major-label debut. Taller Children bounces between piano jazz, coffeehouse pop
ock, and contemporary lounge, a mix that appeals to NPR-loving sophisticates without alienating those who prefer mainstream radio instead. At the center of the storm is frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman, a disciple of Ella Fitzgerald and a contemporary of Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and other piano-playing female songwriters. Ziman distances herself from those females by simply casting her net wider, helming a torch ballad one minute and piling thick harmonies on top of electro-pop percussion the next. The presence of studio wiz kid Mike Mogis -- producer extraordinaire for the likes of Rilo Kiley, Cursive, and Tilly & the Wall -- helps fuel the eclectic set list, as it relieves the band of splitting its time between songwriting and production duties. Free to do whatever they wish, the musicians explore the boundaries of pop music with wide-eyed fascination and competency, using the studio to their advantage without resorting to the sort of dense, grandly orchestrated music that can't be replicated in concert. Some orchestral flourishes do pepper the album's ballads -- "Rainiest Day of Summer" evokes a rainy Manhattan landscape with Brill Building strings, and "Right Next to You" brims with gauzy layers of keyboard, vibraphone, and flügelhorn -- but Taller Children devotes more time to the talents of the band, not its host of sidemen. This is a record that reveals its layers upon many listens, an album that channels the sophistication and elegance of Fifth Avenue while keeping its head in the bohemian enclave of the West Village. In short: very agreeable, very New York, and quite promising.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Verve Forecast
UPC: 0602517974593
catalogNumber: 001261402
Rank: 61574

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elizabeth & the Catapult   Primary Artist
Mike Mogis   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Autoharp,Castanets,Tambourine,Bells,Guitar (Baritone)
Dan Brantigan   Flugelhorn
Thomas Kluge   Viola
Anton Patzner   Violin
Lewis Patzner   Cello
Pete Lalish   Organ,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Loops,Guitar Loops,Group Member
Dan Molad   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Xylophone,Group Member
Jordan Scannella   Electric Bass
Elizabeth Ziman   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Mellotron,Vibes,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Amy Kalyn Sims   Violin
Rob Jost   Electric Bass,French Horn,Upright Bass
Anne Nagosky   Violin
Mark Motycha   Cello
Melissa Tong   Violin
Eric Hofman   Trombone
Anne Nagosky   Violin
Kimi Mongello   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Alan Hampton   Electric Bass
Amy Sims   Violin
Matt Parker   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Motycka   Cello

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Jon Kaplan   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Hollis King   Art Direction
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jim Eno   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kazumi Matsumoto   Graphic Design
Josh Copp   Engineer
Matt Wigton   Composer
Pete Lalish   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dan Molad   Composer,Engineer
Elizabeth Ziman   Arranger,Composer
Elizabeth & the Catapult   Audio Production
Sharon Robinson   Composer

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