Release Date: Jan 21, 2014
Record label: Thirty Tigers
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
After parting company with Verve Forecast after 2010's The Other Side of Zero, Elizabeth Ziman began learning how to play guitar and busking in New York subways. Since her previous two albums were written on piano -- her first instrument -- new possibilities presented themselves for this offering. There are nine new songs on this set, as well as a cover.
Elizabeth & the CatapultLike It Never Happened(Scratch Back/Thirty Tigers)3 out of 5 stars The third full length from Elizabeth Ziman and her band finds the classically based pianist learning guitar, adding the textures of that instrument to complex yet oddly hummable pop music. The singer/songwriter pushes the boundaries of her genre, bringing graceful jazz, oblique chord changes, pensive lyrics and even string backing to a table that manages to seem both familiar and complex. There are echoes of Regina Spektor, Suzanne Vega, Fiona Apple and others that combine simplicity with a broader outlook as Ziman does when she goes glam on the rocked up “Shoelaces” with its galloping rhythm section.
Enter Elizabeth Ziman, no longer just another piano-pop songstress. Wanting to busk in the subways of New York City, Ziman took up acoustic guitar and it may have been the best thing for her. All of the songs on Like It Never Happened were written on the guitar, with those fitting the bill transposed onto piano. The result is easily her most engaging and dynamic album yet.