High Heart & Low Estate

by Baby Dayliner

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There's somethin' just indescribably cool about having the keyboard as your most trusty instrument. Twiddle all the electro-fuzz that you want, or go town on the rotating voices effect, trying your darnedest to fuck it all up, and you're still left with a steady strain of open-faced melody. Of course, it also helps when you're blessed with Baby Dayliner's Ian Curtis-meets-Tom-Jones voiceover to keep everything from splattering together and making us think it's electroclash gone awry (again). In fact, to label High Heart and Low Estate as anything at all would be to misrepresent its manifold influences -- the deceptive coyness of Ben Folds in the opener "Raid!," the Belle & Sebastian wistfulness of "Madeline," and the Streets' perverse street wisdom in "Hoodlums in the Hit Parade." He does spread himself a bit thin over 12 tracks with no discernable continuity, but the slicker-than-Rick barbs and surprisingly understated insights tell me that here's a man who has no problem with the piano being mightier than the sword. Because really, what's the use of a sword without rapier wit.

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released 16 March 2004

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Baby Dayliner New York, New York

Baby Dayliner (Ethan Marunas) was born and raised in New York City, and went to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and the Performing Arts. After varying roles in various bands, Marunas decided to take the stage as a solo act. He became deft at synths, samplers, and recording, and began crafting songs that would come to life as the Baby Dayliner stage show. ... more

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