Published Oct 09, 2008Toronto's Josh Reichmann has been around the block quite a few times in a relatively short career. It was only a few years ago that he fronted the Sonic Unyon-signed Tangiers, a band that crumbled just as they were making waves and breaking out of a rather stale garage rock guise. Then he went solo as a showman named Jewish Legend, releasing one album on the Baudelaire label, Telepathy Now!, before going in another direction under his name.
As Josh Reichmann Oracle Band, the rather eccentric songwriter has been reborn with an electrifying bunch of musicians (Joseph Shabason on sax/flute, Steve Singh on keyboards/piano, Niko Kwiatkowski on drums/percussion, Jon Hynes on bass and Laura Bolton, a former ballet dancer with the National Ballet, on dancing) behind him and a new record deal with proven hitmakers Paperbag Records. Knowing the best way to get the word out is one that involves giving away music for free, Reichmann and his new label have made his EP, Life Is Legal, available as a free download for one week only.
The standout is "Ancient Bloody Paradise (I Miss You)." It's an enchanting, multi-layered fusion that calls on a pounding, echo-heavy rhythm, distorted keys, sleek sax, longing harmonica and fluttering guitars to form a Caribbean-like spirit for Reichmann to wax fantastic over. I picture him making slithering, Perry Farrell-type movements to this music, though it must be said that the former Jane's Addiction leader could only dream of producing something this extraordinary these days.
Let's not call this a comeback but the rebirth of a talent with plenty of creativity to burn.
You can catch the Josh Reichmann Oracle Band on their upcoming North American tour with Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains. Or tonight (October 9) at Wrong Bar in Toronto (1279 Queen St, W.) for a gig with Anagram, Corpusse and $100.
Now, for the details about getting the Life Is Legal EP for free:
Go to paperbagrecords.com and sign up for the mailing list (top right of the page). Once you sign up youll get a link and a password to download for FREE!