"Hello My Name Is Pascal"
Genres: indie pop, indie rock, folk-rock
PO Box 3220
Madison WI 53704
Jun 23 - 29 2003
My Name Is Pascal is a quirky little disc that is focused mainly
on the lyrics, which are occasionally funny and occasionally
surprisingly profound. The music itself is also solid, although
usually simple so as to keep the singing audible. It's rare
nowadays to actually be able to understand the singer, so these tunes
are a refreshing change from the norm.
When listening to Hello..., the unusual vocals are at first
awkward but are easy to warm up to. With the first two tracks,
you quickly become hooked to the Belle and Sebastian-esque
melodies. The shocking dark humour of "Mr. Jenkins"
catches you by surprise, but doesn't get you ready for the
introspective imagery of "And Boom a Shock.' Sad songs are
also included. "No Can't Do Nothing" is a very
memorable tune, while "You To Dance" is an almost Kafka-esque
weeper about regret.
While some parts of this album may get a little repetitive,
specifically the latter half, Hello My Name Is Pascal still
boasts a very solid and original sound. Give it a try.
13 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]