Belleville vocalist/guitarist Mark Caputo and Rubinoo/Vox Pop guitarist/vocalist Al Chan collaborate to make an exquisite cover album. Excellent production here: Very clean guitars and crisp, layered harmonies that sound sunny and confident without a hint of slickness or digital spit shine. The influences on sound are pretty narrow, though awesome: the country-fied incarnations of the Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, and the Everly Brothers (whose “So Sad” is covered here) have probably been in heavy rotation at the Yep HQ. The nods to other artists branches things out a bit more, as the Pernice Brothers, The Kinks, and Richard Buckner all get treatment. Aside from the sound and selection being up my alley, the duo also earns triple bonus points for providing a tolerable take on Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” throwing in one cool original, and turning me on to a new act. Along with their cover of “Hesitating Beauty” (from the Billy Bragg/Wilco/Woody Guthrie project Mermaid Avenue), the song “Noise and Confusion” is my favorite song on the album. Note to self: Look into the Alan Wauters Alliance. Once is an obvious labor of love, and one of the highlights of my year so far. Check out the site here and a few tracks below:

Crestfallen (Pernice Brothers Cover)

Noise And Confusion (Alan Wauters Alliance Cover)


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2 Responses to Yep

  1. Jackson

    Site update looks great Matt. Well done. And thanks heaps for the fantastic lot of new indie music.
    Jackson in Australia

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