J. DiMenna – If He Could Speak Now EP, Awkward Buildings LP

by Woody on April 22, 2007

J. DiMenna

I was recently sent a copy of J. DiMenna’s EP and was blown away. Normally when I see a dude’s name on an album, I expect it to be a singer-songwriter whispering softly about his woes and girl troubles over a strumming guitar and I’m immediately bored to tears. I fired J. DiMenna into my player, however, and saying I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement.

The first song on the EP is “Girlfriends,” a slow, haunting track that is sprinkled in with some wonderful lap steel playing by Joe Novelli. The next couple of tracks are also top-notch. The fourth track, “To Meet You,” however is the tune that really made me stand up and take notice. It sounds like a Jeff Buckley outtake. DiMenna’s voice just grabs you and holds on to you over the ethereal backing music. Simply put, it is wonderfully crafted, beautiful song. After a few non-stop listens, you’ll find yourself thinking of M. Ward, Elliott Smith and the aforementioned Buckley. DiMenna’s ability to wrap tremendous lyrics around the perfect musical arrangement on every song is uncanny.

DiMenna has his first LP, Awkward Buildings, out this month on Exotic Recordings and I am eager to get my hands on it. My only initial concern was that the EP, recorded live mostly on XM Radio, sounds tremendous. I was worried that Awkward Buildings may fall victim to over production after entering the studio. Sometimes it’s necessary to let a talented artist do his thing and just get out of the way. I’m happy to say that, after listening to the tracks below, that doesn’t seem to be the case. J. DiMenna is bound for greatness.

J. DiMinna – Prayer Flag

J. DiMenna – Awkward Buildings

J. DiMenna – To Meet You

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Woody April 23, 2007 at 8:56 am

Follow up: I picked up Awkward Building on emusic this weekend and happy to report that it is fantastic as well. Get on board before its too late.

oz April 23, 2007 at 9:46 am

I heard the second track on the EP and expected to hear Tom Waits’s voice. It had that bizarre circus tempo that I’m accustom to hearing when listening to Bone Machine.

I dig this guy though. There are some tracks streaming on his website and myspace page.

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