They may look like shy bookish types, but the ten librarians of the baroque indie pop group Michael J Epstein Memorial Library know how to make some noise. Their songs are sweet with tinges of darkness and bring to mind Magnetic Fields and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Michael J Epstein Memorial Library’s, Volume One, which is full of cleverly written tunes taken from true stories, will hit the shelves on 10th May.
To call Epstein unorthodox or quirky does not do him justice. He recruited non-musical band members through Facebook and Craigslist. The group formed in July, played their first show in September, recorded in November and finished the record in February. Concerned people might too easily dismiss it as an innocuous folk album without listening to the lyrics, he deliberately included a cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ darkly desolate The Weeping Song. In their hands, it becomes a song to haunt you.
By contrast the other song we have from the record is Amylee – this is merely the surreal tale of a brave shark that takes on a suicide mission in space to fight evil dolphins bent on destroying Earth. The shark hero is the perfect astronaut because sharks never sleep, can’t get cancer from gamma rays, and they have to keep moving to stay alive. Simple.
Visit Michael J Epstein’s website here.
Download Michael J Epstein Memorial Library – Amylee mp3 (from Volume One)
Download Michael J Epstein Memorial Library – The Weeping Song mp3 (from Volume One)