So no one loves a folk song anymore? Well, apparently they haven’t listened to Molly Pitcher’s CD, Watching The Rain.
If you read last month’s interview with this exciting duo, then you are already familiar with Molly Pitcher. For those of you who might have missed it, read it here: A Few Words with Molly Pitcher.
Molly Pitcher is Rebekah Fischman and Victoria Lavington. They are both singer/songwriters now based in New York who happened to run into each other at an open mic. Very fortunate for us.
If you’ve ever read any of my rants over on the Songwriters Forum page here at Guitar Noise, you know that one of my mantras is “Write what you know.” This CD is full of great examples as to why this is sound advice. One day Molly Pitcher will be famous for doing exactly that – doing what they know and sticking with it. This CD boasts clever and addictive melodies, tight harmonies and capable guitar and keyboard playing.
It’s such a pleasure to listen to. The title track, Watching The Rain, is one of my favorites. Rebekah’s composition and piano playing makes this song downright haunting. Another number that rates right up there is Unaware. It’s just mesmerizing.
No One Loves A Folk Song Anymore is brilliant. combine a simple song with a simple lyric, melody and harmony and you get a powerhouse of a song that adds up to much more than the sum of its parts. Did someone say “write about what you know?”
Watching The Rain does an amazing job of capturing the magic these two generate on stage. Most groups that don’t have chemistry don’t worry about it. It can, like most things these days, be created in the studio. But whoever was in charge of the chemistry department in the studio that session must have been given a holiday. Each member of Molly Pitcher enhances the other’s strengths.
I had the pleasure of seeing Molly Pitcher in concert here in the Washington DC area. One of the songs they played was the powerful Susan. And the “Susan” of the song just happened to be in the audience! Hearing the song that night made me feel uncomfortable. It’s a great tune, but something about it made me feel…weird. Then it hit me! Because the song was so intensely personal between the songwriter and the subject that I felt like a voyeur. The writing is that good.
Molly Pitcher classify themselves as “alternative folk.” I think they do themselves a disservice. It’s just plain old good music.
For more info on Molly Pitcher, including CDs and upcoming shows, check out their website.