Brother JT- Purgatory, Sweet Purgatory 8"
Summersteps Records (SUM 0021)
From Aural Innovations #37 (Sep 2007)
I haven’t heard any of the previous releases by Brother JT from Eastern Pennsylvania. Brother JT equals more or less John Terlesky, who’s on this four-track EP aided by Steve Gigante (guitar, backing vocals on tracks 1 & 4) and Dave Ferrara (drums on tracks 2 & 4). JT sings and plays guitar, bass and organ. The title track is a soft, pretty and psychedelic pop number in the 60’s style with fine melodies. Very nice! ”Estranged” is another soft song with slow tempo. The drums are rather quiet in the mix and this is quite a minimal track in other ways, as well. Beautiful stuff, anyway. ”Throwaway” on side B is a peaceful, laid-back number and a very pleasant experience. ”That’s What They All Say” is the most energetic of these four tracks and also the one with the most positive feel. There are harmony vocals on the chorus. So all the tracks are rather minimal and light, but the EP has a nice, 60’s styled psych pop feel. Brother JT also now has a new full-length out so check it out!
You can find more information from the Brother JT website at http://www.brotherjt.com/index.cfm.
Reviewed by Santtu Laakso