Setting Sun
Children of the Wild

Quitzow
Art College

[Young Love Records, www.youngloverecords.com]

  Multi-instrumentalists Gary Levitt and Erica Quitzow enjoy each other's company so much, they continually play on one another's projects. Levitt's project Setting Sun features Quitzow on vocals, drums, cello and violin, while Quitzow's project - simply called Quitzow, features Levitt on vocals, bass and percussion. I don't particularly care whether these two are a couple or not, what matters is that they can make wildly poignant music together.

In Setting Sun context, the duo sound relaxed, though the music, which heavily relies on pop-folk idioms, has an underlying gray colour to it. Levitt's vocals are barren, oftentimes whispered, while the rhythms sound regimented. A song like "How Long" sounds tranquil. With Quitzow on back-up vocals and providing some gorgeous cello and violin melodies, I'm getting a sense of the open road or a wild back country. "Love My Love" falls along a similar territory. The folk influence weighing in heavy on the band, the music is loose, the melodies pleasant, while the mood remains melancholy. Everything ends on a positive note, as Levitt sings "Happy joy, joy", while Quitzow gives off the sweetest sing-along choruses. If anything, I imagine the music on "Children of the Wild" to be something that comes across best in a coffee shop or late at night by a campfire. 

Erica Quitzow sounds somewhat more angry and sarcastic on "Art College". With a gnarly set of chords, she sings nearly as if she were bored, nearly as if none of this music mattered that much to her. Addition of cheap synths, makes the record come across like some sort of second-rate hip-hop production. I just realized what she's getting it - anyone can make a pop record. It doesn't really take that much. All you have to do is book a studio, play a few instruments, invite some guest musicians and you're good to go. The "la la la las" on the title track sound hilarious [in a non-sensical sort of way], while her whiny voice on "Cats r People 2" is too silly to contemplate in any great depth. Much of this music could be seen as a throw-back to synth bands of the 80s, which on some level even tends to work. I had no idea Quitzow was meant as a light-hearted musical outlet for Erica. Listening to these two records back to back, one sees two very different musical entities tread their own way along the pop-rock path.

  - Tom Sekowski


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