Here's my review & accompanying interview on AM for LA Splash Magazine.
AM's the recent winner of the L.A. Weekly singer/songwriter of the year award. AM, as in...on your A.M. dial - not as in...the early part of a day. Those were the initials he was born with, but like kismet also represent his love for the music he grew up listening to on his A.M. radio airwaves.
I saw him for the first time last Monday night at the party for his remixed CD, titled "Mainstay," and his video debut at Cinespace in Hollywood.
His voice is soulful, and his music is a shimmering, harmonious blend, that sounds - at times - haunting and dreamy. He's done so much of his own thing with the music that's influenced him it's hard to say, "He sounds like..." But if I had to pick...hmmm... I'd say his voice sounds a bit like Beck's, but the music is such a beautiful collage it's hard to pin.
I asked AM, "Why don't I hear you on the radio?"
He said, "KCRW plays us."
I felt like thumping myself on my head for two reasons: Of course!! The party was put on by KCRW, along with Fonogenics. And for being so thick skulled; I've been wanting to hear some of my favorite writers like, Sandra Tsing Loh and Hollis Gillespie, on that station. And why haven't I? What? Are my arms paralyzed and I'm completely incapable of pushing a radio button to 89.9 F.M.? I mean, I could do that with my toes. So... for the last two days when I'm not listening to my AM cd, I'm listening to KCRW. And I didn't even have to use my toes. What can I say? I'm a slave for quality.
Somehow, whenever I see, hear, touch, read or taste something of skill, craftsmanship... something that someone spent time thinking about and creating... well, the world just seems to be filled with posibilities - and I have hope.