Irene’s March delves deep into the mind of Jeff Minter, offering a bracingly poetic glimpse at a barren, dark and harsh internal landscape. The most desolate places, however, have hidden beauty. Like a flowering weed pushing up between the cracked pavement slabs of the city, there is vibrant color and life to be found in this fearless home recording. The city is where this album was born – and where it will find a home.
Somewhere in downtown Denver is a small, unassuming apartment building called The Zell. The walls are thin, the spaces small. Huddled in the center of this hive of human passion, commerce and daily struggle Minter works odd, interminable hours perfecting his musical vision for Irene’s March. After several noise complaints he has taken refuge in his headphones – and invites the listener to do the same. While ‘Yarina’ is a shadowy, oft-aggressive musical statement, it is also a safe place for those emotions to thrive.
Inspired in part by the constant rush of life in Denver, and in part by the natural reaction to escape somehow from the same, ‘Yarina’ calls to mind the lush lo-fidelity work of the late Mark Linkous and the pulsing drive of Grandaddy. Glittering electronic arpeggios head off with frantically strummed acoustic guitar. Breakbeat drums provide the back-bone to post-punk noise freak-outs.
‘Yarina’ crosses many boundaries, generates many strong binary couplets. Soft/loud; Confident/fragile; Cowardly/heroic. The liminal gradations between these binaries spirals like Charybdis and strikes like Scylla. The listener must tread the waters between carefully, but not too carefully. ‘Yarina’ is produced of love alone – for the opportunities we are given every day, for the people we hold dear, and… for the people we would just as soon forget. Like rainbow reflections from the monolithic towers of downtown Denver, the exquisite detail of this album is right there for anyone to see – if they’re looking for it.
released March 12, 2010
recorded, mixed and mastered by jeff minter at The Zell, except for track 6 - yarina, produced by jeff minter and christi ross.
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