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Charles Hiestand from Washington Seattle
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Identity Crisis is a Seattle based band made up of songwriting duo Charlie Hiestand and Jean Mishler, along with Brian Kirk (Pointer Sisters), Thane Mitchell (Brand New Heavies) and local jazz musicians, Sura Charlier, Jamael Nance and Nate Parker and many others. Melanie Fernandi, the writer of the third track, "Favorite Game," is an ex-Seattleite currently living in New York.

Although primarily a jazz band, Identity Crisis has made "Mosaic" a CD that uses many styles beyond jazz to tell a story. Each song is its own piece of the story, each in its own musical genre. 

Being a love story, the listener is taken from the beginning of a relationship, where love is objectified and obsessive. The songs then reveal attempts at some form of reality in trying to understand and maintain a romantic relationship. The relationship fails and the songs express the consequent sadness, grief, forgiveness and memories.

The story is not directly narrated, but the emotional arc of the CD leaves a powerful impression of textual beauty and style, apparent at the very first hearing. 

The songs vary widely in style, from Bossa Nova to eight-bar blues to art song with string orchestra. The story and musical ideas hold the album together. These musical ideas (a particular bass line, orchestrations, etc) give coherence, form, and continuity to the many different styles.

The list of influences for the "If you like..." feature on CDBaby only includes three names. These are a good start, but there are strong influences from many others including Schumann, the Beatles, the Moody Blues, Debussy, Ned Rorem, etc. Charlie likes lots of different kinds of music; in Mosaic he is trying to be eclectic yet true to his tastes.

Listeners who like a variety of musical styles, value strong vocals, thoughtful text, and innovative arrangements will enjoy this album a great deal. 

Enjoy!

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POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 11 Nov 2009 04:19 PM

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  "Mosaic" by Identity Crisis (Pop Artist from Washington(WA))
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 04 Oct 2009 07:38 PM

RadioIndy is pleased to present Identity Crisis with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Mosaic "

Mosaic is defined as “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole.” Identity Crisis and their CD “Mosaic,” is appropriately titled as this collection of varying styles tells a love story through numerous musical genres. With both male and female vocals, the album has a refreshing inconsistency that’s bound to keep you engaged. “The Idea of You” takes a Bossa Nova approach, putting the listener in an elegant surrounding but don’t get too comfortable; “Best of Yourself” captures a smoky bar ambiance through an 8-bar blues number. The harmonies are spectacular as you will hear on songs such as “Beyond.” There are horns, harmonica, harmony, and solid and concrete musicianship that hold it all in place. These musicians have formed a strong and sound connection and the chemistry between them is brilliant. The password is “Mosaic,” come on in.

-Max B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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  Identity Crisis Press Release on Digg.com!
POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 21 Jun 2009 01:10 AM


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  "Mosaic" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 28 May 2009 04:41 AM

Mosaic is defined as “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole.” Identity Crisis and their CD “Mosaic,” is appropriately titled as this collection of varying styles tells a love story through numerous musical genres. With both male and female vocals, the album has a refreshing inconsistency that’s bound to keep you engaged. “The Idea of You” takes a Bossa Nova approach, putting the listener in an elegant surrounding but don’t get too comfortable; “Best of Yourself” captures a smoky bar ambiance through an 8-bar blues number. The harmonies are spectacular as you will hear on songs such as “Beyond.” There are horns, harmonica, harmony, and solid and concrete musicianship that hold it all in place. These musicians have formed a strong and sound connection and the chemistry between them is brilliant. The password is “Mosaic,” come on in.

-Max B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
Check out Identity Crisis's music on RadioIndy.com with link to purchase and links to popular sites



  IDENTITY CRISIS: Mosaic (Pop)
POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 13 May 2009 07:30 AM

IDENTITY CRISIS: Mosaic IDENTITY CRISIS: Mosaic 

 Twelve songs in different styles telling one love story.

 Recommended if you like Joe Jackson, Mamas and the Papas, Carole King.

CD price: $16.95



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