Molesuit Choir (Ehse Records)
This pairing of Liz Downing and Rupert Wondolowski, both fixtures on
the local arts scene, is weird and welcome. Not unexpectedly, they play
strangely beautiful music, but it’s surprising how simpatico they sound.
Her vocals wed Southern folk and country music to artful psychedelia
that blends perfectly with his steady, affective tenor. It’s a starship
hootenanny that sounds utterly down-to-earth thanks to Downing and
Wondolowski’s artistic compatibility.
Erin Dickens (Dot Time Records)
A co-founder of Manhattan Transfer, Dickins now lives on the Eastern
Shore and gigs regularly in the area. This disc features lively vocals
by her old bandmates on the title track, and a finger-snapping,
head-nodding vibe that permeates all the material. Alternately smoking
and smoky, Dickins smooths each song to a polished glow that could light
up the Café Carlyle and invoke a classic supper club ambiance. So it’s
no surprise she’s playing a “Jazz for Foodies” show at Germano’s
Piattini on March 29.