Thursday, June 5, 2014
Puzzle Pieces - Various Artists (2014).
This epic retrospective of the Seattle based label, Jigsaw Records, contains 48 tracks on two CD's. The compilation runs the gamut, demonstrating the wide range of what Indiepop can be, from lo fi, garage-y punk pop, to sweet, soft melodies. You won't already own any of these tracks, even if you are a fan of the label, because Chris McFarlane made a special effort to obtain rare or unreleased tracks by all the bands he's worked with over the years. It's a cliché, but there really is something here for everybody. You'll find tons of catchy tunes, and witty lyrics, that will put a smile on your face. I am very proud to be a part of this myself, having contributed one of my previously unreleased songs, "No Place to Go," as the second track on CD2. Only 500 CD's were pressed, so this will probably become a collector's item. You can also visit Jigsaw for lots of stuff from other labels since they are a distributor of: "indiepop, power pop, indie rock, lo-fi pop, twee, and pretty much any other kind of fun pop music that we fancy..."