VJQC Score: N/A
Album Name: RIPE DREAMS PIPE DREAMS
Record Label: ANTI
Format: VINYL LP
Release Date: 4/7/2014
Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. Cameron Avery has arrived as a new breed of nocturnal crooner, a train-wreck romantic creating timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. Utilizing his soulful wit, shrewd arrangements, and a deep, husky baritone, Avery harnesses the dark power and humor of artists like Nick Cave, Scott Walker, and Tindersticks to expertly walk the fine line between vulnerable and venerable. Hailing from the late 2000's-era Perth, Australia, a healthy scene of hard-hitting garage rock bands, including a long stint as the drummer of Pond, Avery found his musical footing while playing with friends but sought the reward of his own outfit. Melancholic machismo is written into the very DNA of Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. From the classical, finger-picked guitar on the opener ''A Time and Place'' and the orchestral vamping of ''Do You Know Me By Heart?'' to the bombastic, self-assured swagger of ''Dance with Me.'' He takes an emotive page from the Leonard Cohen songbook-of-longing on ''Big Town Girl'' just as naturally as he thumbs an aggressive note of Bad Seed strut and Cramps rut on ''Watch Me Take It Away.'' And by the time he purrs that earnest refrain of ''Baby, it's you'' on the album's closer ''C'est Toi,'' Avery has surely mastered that drunken tightrope dance.