Review: Lazarus

““Songs For and Unborn Son””
(Temporary Residence)

Solo work by Trevor Montogmery of the Drift and Tarentel.  This is really mellow, melancholy, singer-songwriter stuff given a kind of electro-ambient, post-rock treatment.  Think Elliot Smith, if he was from Chicago.  These are good, sad songs.  Occasionally recalls Seattle’s now-defunct Carrisa’s Weird, but super stripped down.  Depressing in a good way.  The only thing that really bums me out about this CD is the painfully hack Egon Schiele artwork all over the thing.  Hasn’t that guy been bitten by enough undergrad art students and ex-graffiti guys yet?