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Window Rolled Down

by Jeff Merchant

Compelling, thought-provoking songs about serious subjects written in a catchy, melodic way - where the melodies, themselves, take off some of the edge.
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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1. Li'l Miss Riding Hood
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2. On Sidewalks & Backyards
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3. Landlord Song
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4. (Don't Look So) Distressed
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5. Sick of It
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6. Always to Keep
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7. You Can't Save Me
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8. Pieces and Things
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9. Who's Driving On
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10. All of the Times
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11. Right Outside
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12. Low Light
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13. Guy
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14. Wounds Will Heal
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15. So Completely
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16. Eviction (There's a Place)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jeff Merchant is a purveyor of slickly arranged orchestral indie-pop with jazz and folk undertones. Merchant's "window rolled down" CD is one remarkably smooth listen, carrying the listener effortlessly along from auspicious start to fine finish. RIYD: Donovan, The Field Mice, Nick Drake, Belle and Sebastian.

This Los Angeles-based songwriter is best known as a member of the cult fave psycho-eclectic group, the Lullabies (which also features the notable and nationally renowned Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Michael Whitmore). Their debut CD, "Lullabies' Lullaby", released in 2004, received national radio airplay, made a few top-10 lists and has even been heard in some European cafes.

Merchant was also front man for the quirky alt-pop L.A. band, PG-13, known for its inspired and clever interpretation of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination" and for inventive songs about 99 cent stores and other urban realities. He also co-fronted the moody, orchestral pop sensibilities of a band called MetaTonic which utilized flute, violin and step bells as part of its sound. And he created the legendary alternative songwriter showcase known as, "Broken Mic", which held a regular residency at the world famous nightclub, Spaceland in Silverlake.

Not only does Merchant's new CD have fellow Lullabies members playing on some of the tracks, it also features members of Brian Wilson's band and Stew's band, as well as Listing Ship and other distinguished Silverlake/Los Angeles musicians. And Stew produced two of the tracks on this CD.

Multi-influenced, not trying to sound like anyone else, Jeff Merchant doesn't identify with any particular musical style or genre. He's more interested in well-written, compelling songs that have both a strong melody and a message.

Smother Magazine review (Editor's Pick): Those who are tired of waiting for something to released from the Donovan camp can rest easy. Jeff Merchant's “Window Rolled Down” will satisfy those cravings nicely. His songs are amazingly complex with intrinsic orchestrations and beautiful vocal arrangements. The harmonies are catchy as are the song structures, each of which is as unique as the last. This is multi-instrumental indie-pop that would fit Brian Wilson. Excellent eclectic folk pop.


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Lee Zimmerman of Entertainment News

Jeff Merchant: Window Rolled Down CD Review in Entertainment News (Florida)
Jeff Merchant's new album provides a dizzying mix of melody, textures
and conceptual design; such a broad mix, in fact, that even a generous
sixteen songs can't seem to contain it all.

While he's enlisted some impressive collaborators - members of Brian
Wilson's amazingly adept back-up band, the irrepressible Stew and
up-and-comers Listing Ship lend their talents and expertise - it's
Merchant's ability to turn a phrase and take his tunes into unexpected
realms that makes Window Rolled Down both a challenge and a triumph.
The songs meander along with an easy lilt, buoyed by lush, billowy
arrangements thick with atmosphere and effervescence.

That said, the dense ambiance sometimes tends to obscure the melodies
and cloud subject matter that might otherwise tip the proceedings
towards weightier terrain. Nevertheless, after soaking up the pretty,
wistful sigh of "All Of The Times" or reveling in the stirring
strains of "Wounds Will Heal," it quickly becomes apparent that
Merchant's a master when it comes to crafting lofty tunes with instant
appeal.

Chris Nelson - BOSTON PHOENIX

BOSTON PHOENIX reviews "Landlord Song"
Taking a solo turn from his work with LA-based group the Lullabies,
Jeff Merchant makes shitty landlords and hipster roommates sound
somehow entrancing in this lush, quirky three-minute ode to LAs Echo
Park.

smother.net

EDITOR'S PICK on smother.net
Those who are tired of waiting for something to released from the
Donovan camp can rest easy. Jeff Merchant's "Window Rolled Down"
will satisfy those cravings nicely. His songs are amazingly complex
with intrinsic orchestrations and beautiful vocal arrangements. The
harmonies are catchy as are the song structures, each of which is as
unique as the last. You may have heard him in his cult-fave psychedelic
rock outfit the Lullabies but if not this is a perfect introduction to
his brand of multi-instrumental indie pop that would fit Brian
Wilson-indeed some of the members of Wilson's band contribute on
the album. Excellent eclectic folk pop.

Marc Vera - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (ew.com)

PopWatch - Download These: Jeff Merchant
If Nick Cave had been from California, this is what he'd sound like.
Even though his voice is less menacing than Cave's, Merchant's complex
haunting tales, with added strings, are just as powerful. "Li'l Miss
Riding Hood" is only the beginning.