AND THE TANGLE
BABY CAKES–STILL LIFE–MOTEL ROOM–CROSSING LINE–BE A MAN–ANOTHER LOVER–HALF MOON–TOGETHER TONIGHT–NOW I KNOW (FAKE!)–ON BARONNE–BELLY OF THE SEA–DON’T TELL
Darcy Malone and the Tangle are just that—a New Orleans-based band that plays a “tangle” of genres.’ The band members all came of age during the Renaissance of sorts that took place with the rebuilding of that city following Katrina. Darcy is the daughter of Dave Malone, of the New Orleans Radiators, and she carries on the family tradition quite well in their latest release, “Still Life.” These twelve originals are all rooted in the Big Easy’s melting pot of grooves, but the band has interpreted the city’s sounds in its own way, incorporating jazz, blues, funk, and good ole rock and roll, and many of these cuts would be a perfect “road trip” soundtrack!
The band uses a twin-guitar attack from Chris Boye and Glenn Newbauer, and the immense talents of keys/sax man Jagon Eldridge. “Motel Room” jumps right outta the speakers as our hero awaits a lover who never materializes, all the while bemoaning that “you got what I need, and this room ain’t free!” Darcy’s vocals take “Crossing Line” to that place where you can be yourself and not be afraid of the consequences, while the title cut is a punchy rocker dealing with who one really is, as opposed to what society wants them to be. Darcy gets tough with a lover on the defiant request for him to either “Be A Man or take your sorry ass home!” “Together Tonight” recalls the great sax-and-guitar-driven love songs of the Sixties, while “On Baronne” is the “homeless” home of our heroine, as she lost her job and is trying to get cash to buy a guitar to solve all her problems! Jagon gets his Maceo on during a funky break at the bridge, too.
We had two favorites, too. Jagon gets his Coltrane on during the trippy instrumental break of “Another Lover,” then gets his Big Man on over Darcy’s vocals on the leadoff tale of a modern-day Bonnie And Clyde, “Baby Cakes!” This one, with those vocals and the sax, was tailor-made for a ragtop day!
Darcy Malone and the Tangle prefer to be six co-captains rather than have a single leader. This “sum of the parts” mentality works very well within the context of “Still Life.” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.