Charles Basenga Kiyanda

Six months challenge, part 4: Jane Siberry / Issa

Ok, I know, I’m really late, so let me try to get a couple entries in two days here and catch up for the time lost. (You’ll have to forgive me for the delay, I was busy with my Ph.D. preliminary examination.) For the week that ended on July 4th, let me submit to you Jane Siberry/Issa. (If you’ve read the old article which talks about Jonathan Coulton, you’ll have noticed where I found out about her. Use the name you want, there’s been a recent name change, so it’s really Issa, the artist formerly known as Jane Siberry.) The music is available as a ‘pay as you want’ scheme.

I don’t have much to say about this artist. It fits all my criteria for this challenge. I just don’t like it. I really don’t like it. Not that the artist is musically incompetent, the style is just very, very, very far from what I would want to listen to. It’s some sort of ‘pop folk music’, whatever that means.

As a little extra, go see the page of Oldelaf and Mr. D (a french group). There’s a great clip called “Le Café” (The Coffee). Even if you don’t know french, the visuals and the progression in the song’s rythm and volume will clue you in to the protagonist’s state of mind. Delightfully funny. I hope this group will consider distributing their music using some sort of “new distribution scheme”. I’m already amazed by this song. If I could hear more and enjoy it, I might just go out of my way to hear them in concert.

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