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Suzy Callahan


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Folky pop

Status:

Most recent release, See Through (2016)

See also:

Suzy Callahan's bandcamp page

Suzy Callahan on soundcloud

The Ectophiles' Guide's entry for her previous band, Devils Wielding Scimitars

Comparisons:

Juliana Hatfield, Aimee Mann, Michelle Malone

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Though Suzy Callahan's vocals are very Natalie Merchant-esque, her style emphasizes the folkier side of pop a little more, and her lyrics are delightfully clever. Fans of folk-flavoured pop should definitely check her out. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

The sound is distant from Devils Wielding Scimitars's final album III. If it weren't for the Voice, Devils Wielding Scimitars wouldn't have entered my head at all. (rjk1@cs.wustl.edu)

Recommended first album:

Freedom Party for Insects

Recordings:


happier than everybody else (2005)

Release info:

2006—Scared Guy Music—SGM-018

Availability:

See Suzy Callahan's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Suzy Callahan—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Scott Tyburski—additional instruments

Produced by:

Scott Tyburski

Comments:

Stripped-down folk-pop from the former singer for Devils Wielding Scimitars. Clever lyrics. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Freedom Party for Insects

Release info:

2007—Scared Guy Music

Availability:

See Suzy Callahan's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Suzy Callahan—vocals, guitar, flute

Guest artists:

Scott Tyburski—guitar, bass, drums, mellotron
Jim McCarty—drums (3)

Comments:

Suzy Callahan continues her solo career with smart, affecting songs in a folky style. She is a great but understated singer and she's just as good as Aimee Mann if lesser known. "Hard on us" lacks self-pity despite being about a hard life, Callahan's voice is as clear as a bell. "God of heartache" deals with lack of faith but never loses its bright melody. "Mr Right" is a good song and the melody is soft and the words honest. This is a great little album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

My Own Personal Watermelon

Release info:

2008—Scared Guy Music

Availability:

See Suzy Callahan's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Suzy Callahan—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Scott Tyburski—additional instruments, beat programming
Kevin Morales—drums (8)
Cory Tyburski—loop (7)

Produced by:

Comments:

Stripped down and haunting from the starting track, "Her Face in My Place". I'm not sure how she can make a song about a personal watermelon melancholy, but she does, and it's charming. The only track that falls flat for me here is "Piece of My Heart". "Muscovy Mine" takes a chance with starting off somewhat murky in tone, but to my ears transcends that beautifully by playing against that later in the song. Overall a fine new collection. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)


Thanks to Sophia Gurley and Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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