My recent write-up of Benoit Pioulard's Enge reissue led me to discover a wonderful new talent. His name is Joe Lapaglia, and he recently released a digital EP entitled Day Behind. So impressed was I by "Birds Flew By" on Moodgadget's website, I promptly bought the rest of the record. His music is folk tinged with gray atmospherics that at once recalls Elliott Smith (sorry for the cliche) and, at times, such as on the excellent "Moonflower," Pioulard's labelmate Boduf Songs. From what I've heard I'm going to guess he's the only person performing here. Regardless, I love the rich textures of his music; it's sad, but it's hopeful; "Shaking Ghosts" is the sound of walking down a dark dusty New Mexico highway, while the instrumental "Lights in the Road" is as beautiful and as gentle a song you could meet. Some might think folk is a bit 'heard it all before,' but Lapaglia has a deft songwriting touch, and I'm intrigued by this offering.
Listen To: "Birds Flew By"
Labels: Joe Lapaglia, Moodgadget, reviews l