(Le) Poisson Rouge (Venue Partner)
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Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Monday Nov 5, 2012 (6pm)
“The spirits of Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazelwood may have a hand in bringing together former Moldy Peach, Adam Green, and Little Joy's Binki Shapiro. Forging a friendship when Green opened for Little Joy on their Brazilian tour back in 2009, the pair found musical symbiosis after Shapiro briefly transplanted to New York from Los Angeles. Both were going through some romantic rough patches which supplied fuel for the LP they soon recorded with the help of producer Noah Georgeson, Josiah Steinbrick, Jason Boesel, and Todd Dahlhoff. The first leak, an enchanting song entitled Here I Am, serves up a modern twist on classic pop duets of the '60s. While we wait for the full record's January 2013 release via Concord and Rounder Records, the duo are making a handful of live appearances. Catch them at (Le) Poisson Rouge before they head off to Europe.”
Just one listen to Adam Green & Binki Shapiro is enough to become enchanted. With deceptively pretty arrangements that echo filigreed late-sixties folk-pop and an easygoing rapport between singers, this duets collaboration may seem like the perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer’s day, Southern-California style. But it works even better as a comforting soundtrack at the end of a dark, lonely night in the big city. The atmosphere the pair conjures up with strummed guitars and discreet layers of synths indeed suggests romantic possibility, but the lyrics are more sweetly melancholic, gently but candidly addressing betrayal, incipient heartbreak, and conjugal discord. It’s an approach that makes for compelling repeated listening, as the intimate dramas reveal themselves, and it’s one that surprised even Green and Shapiro as their debut album together began to take shape.