Oct 14 2006
Paris based singer/songwriter Piers Faccini is releasing his U.S. debut album, Tearing Sky, on November 7th. Piers is not a well known artist yet, especially in the States, but I can see that changing very soon. When an artist has under a thousand friends on Myspace (763 to be exact), you know that they are small. For some perspective, Paris Hilton has 127,942 friends.
I highly recommend this album. It has great instrumentals and is quite mellow. Piers has a beautiful voice, and his music has impact. Comparisons can been made to Devendra Banhart, Nick Drake, and Alexi Murdoch. Piers is signed to Everloving, and the labels co-owner JP Plunier Produced the album (also produced Jack Johnson, Ben Harper). You will hear guest appearances from Ben Harper, along with members of Harper’s and Johnson’s bands.
The album has a similar feel to Ben’s and Jack’s works, but the acoustics don’t have as big a presence as they do on their albums–it has a more urban folk/blues sound. Piers’ ancestory comes from different ethnicities, and his interest in applying different genres is compelling. You will hear some rhythms on his album that have more of a North African sound.
Piers will appear at this years CMJ music festival, in NYC. He is also shortly touring on the east coast with Culver City Dub Collective’s Adam Topol (drums) and The Eels’ Kool G Murder (bass and keyboards):
11/1: SOBs, New York City, NY (early show) CMJ!
11/1: Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY (late show)
11/4: Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
11/5: Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
11/6: Jammin Java’, Vienna, VA
Go to Piers Myspace(linked above) to hear more music, and watch a short video about him–it’s pretty neat. Piers is also a painter and has some of his work on his site. You can pre-order the album at CDuniverse.