October 2, 2013

music: Son of Laughter - The Mantis and the Moon

Son of Laughter is singer/songwriter Chris Slaten. The Mantis and the Moon is his first EP under this moniker. Slaten works within a genre that has become quite familiar these days. Folk music has made quite the comeback since Iron & Wine released the home-recorded, The Creek Drank The Cradle. Yet while many of those to follow Beam's brilliance drew from an indiscriminate number of earlier folk influences melded together with modern performance and recording sensibilities, Son of Laughter wears his influences quite apparently on his sleeve. Many of the songs on The Mantis and the Moon could be mistaken as lost Paul Simon tracks. And there are hints of a safer Nick Drake. Lyrically, Slaten's words flow well and hint at stories and imagery that are not fully revealed to the listener. Together, his lyrics and music would be a fitting soundtrack to sitting in a porch in some southern town with a mason jar full of sweet tea in hand. Yet, for me there is something safe about Slaten's first release as Son of Laughter. The man clearly knows his craft but for as intimate as this recording is, it does not expose something that the best of his genre accomplish, both today and yesterday. Like I said, the skill is there for Son of Laughter and I'm hoping for greater risk on future recordings.



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