Howe Gelb 'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It

'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It

Howe Gelb

Released on September 23, 2016 by Fire Records

Main artist: Howe Gelb

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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One of the first things that strikes you about Howe Gelb and 'Sno Angel's Like You or Howe Gelb's 'Sno Angel Like You, depending on how you wish to see the project , is that Gelb recorded this set with a gospel choir from Canada called Voices of Praise and he called the project "Sno Angel" and they made this record called "Like You." Anyway, you get the idea; it's one of the Arizona desert dweller's typically arcane musings. Gelb recorded this baby in Ottawa with drummer Jeremy Gara who now skins with Arcade Fire. There are a few other musicians hanging out and playing here as well; most notably Dave Draves on B-3 (Gelb plays one too), and Fred Guignon, who plays a mean slide guitar on six tracks. There are no gospel tunes here in the proper sense. This is a Howe Gelb record. You know -- slippery, loose, mistakes left in, hummable -- it's less quirky because the new tunes were written with the choir in mind. In addition to the seven new songs, there are a trio of Giant Sand tunes tossed in to be re-recorded, and three songs by the late Rainer Ptacek -- including his classic "Worried Spirits." The first thing that hits you is the sound of this disc. It's spacious, clean, and live-sounding. The basic tracks were recorded by Gelb and Gara and the choir was added later -- though not much later -- and it feels spontaneous. Gelb's voice is coming to resemble Ray Wylie Hubbard's in more ways than one, and it serves him well. Like You feels like an album, though some cuts stand out for their grit and funky delight, such as Ptacek's "That's How Things Get Done," with its shambolic distorted guitars and over-amped bassline. "But I Did Not" is Gelb's own attempt at writing a kind of gospel tune, though it comes off more as a gritty, rollicking blues. (When he asked the choir director if it would be possible to record with the Voices of Praise, the choir director said, "Sure, just keep it positive."). As treated here, Ptacek's "Worried Spirits" is a far cry from the spare, solo National Steel version that its composer recorded in the 1990s. Acoustic guitars get turned up to ten, the pace is quicker and it's still spooky but in a more urban way. The B-3 low-note triggers are a killer effect. The guitar break in the middle is simply psychotic. But the joy of the Voices of Praise is infectious, and they can not only tear it up vocally, but they way they dig into the feeling of the songs makes them feel so present here: they can offer a lamp in the desolation and darkness without cheap sentimentality. The tender "Neon Filler," first recorded on Giant Sand's Ramp, is dramatic -- even breathtaking. Gelb establishes the mood in the first half, spinning out his poetic tale, and when the choir enters it's simply stunning and turns the song inside out, moving the sadness up just a notch at first and then transforming it. Fans of Gelb's have to be excited about this because it's perfect, a career high. And for those who don't know who Gelb or Giant Sand are, but want something "extra" with their sun-drenched Americana, this is just the thing. In fact, it's just the thing for anybody who doesn't have sawdust running in their veins instead of blood. ~ Thom Jurek
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Album : 2 disks - 30 tracks Total length : 01:48:13

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Get To Leave

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  2. 2 Paradise Here Abouts

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  3. 3 But I Did Not

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  4. 4 Hey Man

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  5. 5 The Farm

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  6. 6 That's How Things Get Done

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  7. 7 Love Knows (No Borders)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  8. 8 The Voice Within

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  9. 9 Nail In The Sky

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  10. 10 Howlin' A Gale

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  11. 11 Robes Of Bible Black

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  12. 12 Worried Spirits

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  13. 13 Neon Filler

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  14. 14 Chore Of Enchantment

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  15. 15 Get To Leave - Holy (Bonus)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  16. 16 Nail In The Sky - Original (Bonus)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  17. DISC 2
  18. 1 Paradise Here Abouts (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  19. 2 Dirty From The Rain (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  20. 3 That's How Things Get Done (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  21. 4 Spiral (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  22. 5 Robes of Bible Black (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  23. 6 Vortexas (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  24. 7 Ballad Of The Tucson 2 (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  25. 8 Hey Man (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  26. 9 Worried Spirits (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  27. 10 Howlin' A Gale (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  28. 11 Nail In The Sky (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  29. 12 Astonished (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  30. 13 But I Did Not (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  31. 14 Love Knows (No Borders) (Live)

    Howe Gelb, Primary Copyright : Fire Records 2006

  • Album description
  • One of the first things that strikes you about Howe Gelb and 'Sno Angel's Like You or Howe Gelb's 'Sno Angel Like You, depending on how you wish to see the project , is that Gelb recorded this set with a gospel choir from Canada called Voices of Praise and he called the project "Sno Angel" and they made this record called "Like You." Anyway, you get the idea; it's one of the Arizona desert dweller's typically arcane musings. Gelb recorded this baby in Ottawa with drummer Jeremy Gara who now skins with Arcade Fire. There are a few other musicians hanging out and playing here as well; most notably Dave Draves on B-3 (Gelb plays one too), and Fred Guignon, who plays a mean slide guitar on six tracks. There are no gospel tunes here in the proper sense. This is a Howe Gelb record. You know -- slippery, loose, mistakes left in, hummable -- it's less quirky because the new tunes were written with the choir in mind. In addition to the seven new songs, there are a trio of Giant Sand tunes tossed in to be re-recorded, and three songs by the late Rainer Ptacek -- including his classic "Worried Spirits." The first thing that hits you is the sound of this disc. It's spacious, clean, and live-sounding. The basic tracks were recorded by Gelb and Gara and the choir was added later -- though not much later -- and it feels spontaneous. Gelb's voice is coming to resemble Ray Wylie Hubbard's in more ways than one, and it serves him well. Like You feels like an album, though some cuts stand out for their grit and funky delight, such as Ptacek's "That's How Things Get Done," with its shambolic distorted guitars and over-amped bassline. "But I Did Not" is Gelb's own attempt at writing a kind of gospel tune, though it comes off more as a gritty, rollicking blues. (When he asked the choir director if it would be possible to record with the Voices of Praise, the choir director said, "Sure, just keep it positive."). As treated here, Ptacek's "Worried Spirits" is a far cry from the spare, solo National Steel version that its composer recorded in the 1990s. Acoustic guitars get turned up to ten, the pace is quicker and it's still spooky but in a more urban way. The B-3 low-note triggers are a killer effect. The guitar break in the middle is simply psychotic. But the joy of the Voices of Praise is infectious, and they can not only tear it up vocally, but they way they dig into the feeling of the songs makes them feel so present here: they can offer a lamp in the desolation and darkness without cheap sentimentality. The tender "Neon Filler," first recorded on Giant Sand's Ramp, is dramatic -- even breathtaking. Gelb establishes the mood in the first half, spinning out his poetic tale, and when the choir enters it's simply stunning and turns the song inside out, moving the sadness up just a notch at first and then transforming it. Fans of Gelb's have to be excited about this because it's perfect, a career high. And for those who don't know who Gelb or Giant Sand are, but want something "extra" with their sun-drenched Americana, this is just the thing. In fact, it's just the thing for anybody who doesn't have sawdust running in their veins instead of blood. ~ Thom Jurek

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