Review: André Ethier

André Ethier
“André Ethier With Christopher Sandes Featuring Pickles and Price”
(Sonic Unyon)

This is the debut solo recording from André Ethier of The Deadly Snakes.  In it piano, acoustic guitar, stand-up bass and brushed drums incarnates an excellent indie folk pop that recalls early Bob Dylan.  The Canadian artist sought for and obtained a loose, natural and live sound on this album of story-songs that include such memorable pieces as the gallows ode “The Hanging Man” and analysis of family dysfunction “Requiem for Man and Family”, setting it off with surrounding instrumental tracks that tend to be more insistent (like a 2 a.m. wakeup call) than the more melodic songs.