You can't totally fault these Brunswick guys for having a singer whose thin, hoarse vocals are about as abrasive as nails on the proverbial chalkboard. After all, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, whom Remora singer-guitarist Bill Scheutzow echoes, didn't have great pipes in the traditional sense. So while Scheutzow really stretches his range on the strident opening tune, "Pearl," and on the ragged rocker "Hypocrite," he's better off on the quiet opening to "Faded Star," where he passionately croons "I'm not gonna change/I'm stuck this way." In fact, "Faded Star" is the one song that deviates from noisy guitars/chorus/more noisy guitars approach, something the young band might want to exploit when it decides to follow up this uneven debut. - Jeff Niesel Remora performs with the Hey Yoos, the Setbacks and Yield On Mars at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 17, at the Agora Ballroom (5000 Euclid Ave., 216.881.2221). Tickets: $9.
The Natural Progression of Things
Back in the days of Soul II Soul and Digable Planets, mixing jazz and hip-hop beats was commonplace and yielded some pretty terrific albums. Now, in our Auto-Tuned age of disposable hip-hop heroes, that's not the case. So it's refreshing to hear this Cleveland crew pull off an organic jazz/hip-hop blend so effortlessly on The Natural Progression of Things. Featuring everything from chilled-out slow jams ("Dirty Go-Go") to intricate narratives ("The Beautiful Nobodies"), this six-man act (anchored by DJ Ceven) takes a fresh approach. That it packs this disc with a total of 22 tracks (only the goofball prologue is inessential) suggests it's got ideas to spare as well. - Niesel
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.