Shaking Through is a documentary video series about the birth of a song. Each year, the project challenges 10 musicians to take a song from the first track to the final mix in two days. Afterwards, the project releases the track along with some incredible behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process. The quality of the recording and video footage is top notch. Last summer, Shaking Through worked with Bloomington’s Dreamers of the Ghetto to record the track “Heavy Love.”
As curator for this month’s episode, Marissa Nadler chose Mike Fiore, whose project Faces on Film was recently featured in our Band to Watch post. Nadler appears on backing vocals for the new track “Waiting for GA.” Visit Shaking Through for several documentary-style videos revealing the process and personalities behind the music. Stream the track and watch one of the videos below.
Written by Rob Peoni
Faces on Film‘s album Some Weather was a release that regrettably escaped me in 2011. The project is the vision of Boston’s Mike Fiore, featured below forsaking his native Red Sox for the Cincinnati Reds. Fiore crafts the type of songs that resonate deeply and immediately. The material is reminiscent of My Morning Jacket’s early work on Tennessee Fire.
Fiore’s writing stands up well in an acoustic setting, as indicated by the video for “Great Move North” from his recent Sleepover Show featured below. However, the production work on Some Weather does nothing to distract from the writing that lies at the album’s core. The songs are richer and more interesting, without losing their identity. The simple piano line and stabbing lead guitar on “Harlem Roses” serves as an excellent example.
Some Weather is the follow-up to 2008’s The Troubles. Fiore has been steadily building a dedicated local following. In 2009, The Boston Phoenix named him the city’s Best Singer-Songwriter. His latest release should do nothing to undermine a growing reputation. The album proves that Fiore’s voice is one deserving of a wider audience.
Written by Rob Peoni