The reveries of an old world elegance meet the progressive temperaments of the avant-garde in the music of Ami Saraiya & The Outcome. Led by the accomplished singer/songwriter Ami Saraiya, the group’s music is a steam punk blending of diverse sonic palettes, a worldly staging of gypsy folk, chamber and jazz cabaret.
On the debut album from Chicago’s octet of ramshackle elite, Jon Drake & The Shakes find their eclectic yet focused sound in blending Americana and chamber pop with soulful sensibilities. Utilizing strings and horns backed by an intoxicating rhythm section, the band shifts from sonically introspective to hand-clappingly, boot-stompingly danceable. “Dear Ulysses” is both reminiscent of the sounds of open fields and the hootenannies which they contain.