Pablo – Half The Time

by Woody on June 2, 2007


Once again, I feel the need to thank HearYa Sessions producer, Shirk. That has been a common thread among recent articles here. With all the help he has been giving us with the indie music sessions, his musical suggestions have been lost amid the shuffle. A few weeks ago, at the Buffalo Killers session, he and I killed time by swapping music from our iPods before their arrival. This discussion also spawned the idea for the recent Illinois Session. Good things come in bunches, I suppose.

He suggested I listen to Pablo, which he described as “acoustic garage.” I ignored the inherent dichotomy and pressed forward. Half the Time, out last year on Curb Appeal Records, is full of well written acoustic jazz pop gems. Most songs are based around a fairly simple progression and are punctuated with a brushed trap drum set and the occasional piano lick, which mostly serve as a second bass line or country slide guitar. Yet, the real draw of the songs is Paul Schalda’s voice. His voice sounds completely effortless yet overwhelmingly engaging all at the same time.

While there are several noteworthy tracks, my first listen drew me to “The Talk,” a better-than-the-orginial cover of the Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year”, and “Loser Crew.” The last has an interesting slide guitar strum pattern and a great climax culminating with the words “Now, why I can’t get out of my own fucking shadow / is a mystery to me.”

However, the lack of a summer fucking tour, is the only mystery to me.

Pablo – Loser Crew (courtesy of Crossing State Lines)
Pablo – Wall Street (courtesy of Obscure Sound)

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oz June 3, 2007 at 10:46 am

Great recommendation. I’ve been listening to it all morning around the homestead on Rhapsody, where it’s categorized as “Dance Pop.”


Woody June 3, 2007 at 10:58 am

Great stuff. Another fine reccomendation by Shirk and yourself. Their discs are available on emusic.

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