Eytan Mirsky “Year Of The Mouse”
The perpetual optimist Mirsky is best known for the songs he contributed to the indie films “Happiness,” “American Splendor” and “The Tao of Steve.” His approach is often compared to Nick Lowe or Marshall Crenshaw, with a strumming rhythm guitar as his constant backdrop.
The album benefits from compelling songwriting and hook filled choruses like in the opener “This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year” and the fast paced “Positive Energy.” Lots of heartbreak tunes like “Another Week Or Two” and “I’m Losing You.” Eytan throws in a ballad or two, my favorite being the inspiring “Don’t Forget.” He even gets a bit honky tonk on “A Little Heartache,” so overall a thoroughly enjoyable album. Eytan sells his catalog on CD Baby and Amazon, but this new album is on Bandcamp only.
Astra Via “Folie a Deux” EP
Astra Via is the music of Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay. They remind me a of Abba, and you’ll hear the similarities on “Fame” with its layered instrumentals. The next few tracks are more roots oriented, with “be Where You Are” and “Lone Traveller.” I’m not sure who’s singing on “I Don’t Mind” but it’s also very pretty in a Paul Simon way. Ending with a cover of The Beatles “I’m So Tired” it makes an impressive debut. And its practically free, so get it now!