Kevin Andrew Prchal
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Kevin Andrew Prchal

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Eat Shirt & Tie - Released in November of 2009. Can be purchased on iTunes and CD Baby.

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A new coming solo artist, Kevin Andew Prchal (that’s Per-KULL) is no stranger to the music scene. Prchal spent the beginning of his music career spending “some of the best years of his life” playing in the Chicago band The Young Sea. Prchal branched off on is own and began recording a few “little folk songs” in early 2009, which over the course of eight months turned into the three studio, three producer, friend filled collaboration that is his November '09 release Eat Shirt & Tie. Though no specific concept was in mind when putting the album together, when put on the spot Prchal did say “We could say the concept is something like; “Heartbroken Starbucks Barista Finds Hope & Understanding At The End Of A Very Long and Demanding Shift”. Yeah, we’ll go with that.”

Concept comedy aside, notice has to be taken of the delight that is Eat Shirt & Tie. Nine tracks and at least three derivations of folk music lie within this album, from the subdued, melodic style of Castle and My Mother Prays, to the lighter, more twangy Opryland Hotel, this collection of songs has consistency without monotony. Songs like Soul Shaker and The Settling Cliches would be well placed in the ranks of the Pop and Country music charts alike.

Prchal has a clear, strong voice that is familiar sounding without being easy to mistake for someone else, a quality that most musicians would kill for, and that he makes the most of in his vocal tracks throughout the album. Our favorite instances of this skill are featured in Terrified, which we also love for its whistle break at 2:17, and Another Fool (In Love With You). The former of these two has the added bonus of a catchy, foot stomping, down-home kind of sound as well as the female accompaniment of Genevieve Schatz from Chicago rock band Company of Thieves.

Lyrically this album is simple, slightly poetic, and right at home in its Folk setting. Prchal himself best describes his songs about love, misunderstanding, and all that comes with it, in his Myspace blog as “Heartbreak hum-alongs”. For more information on the latest news, upcoming shows and everyday whereabout's of Kevin visit www.kevinandrewprchal.com.