13 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Burden of Proof finds this Austin-based singer/songwriter reflecting on fleeting love and looming mortality in a downbeat mood, lacing his trademark skewed lyrical wit with strong doses of longing and regret. Since the late ‘90s, Schneider has developed into an adept tunesmith who embraces classic Tin Pan Alley pop, folk, and jazz while forging a distinct identity as a playfully surreal romantic. His buoyant melodic sense is still evident here, though it's wrapped in somber piano tones and lent gravity by The Tosca String Quartet’s well-tailored orchestrations. Moody pieces like “Digging for Icicles” (fusing spooky imagery with a supple bass line) and “The White Moon” (shimmering with high strings and Auto-Tuned vocals) have a haunting charm. Schneider’s subdued, slightly gravelly vocals lend intimacy to “Wish the Wind Would Blow Me,” "Hop on the World," and similarly bittersweet numbers. Especially poignant is “Weed Out the Weak,” a poetic meditation on the events of 9/11. The lean acoustic rhythm of “The Effect” and the percolating electronica groove of “John Lennon” help lighten Burden of Proof’s pervasive shadows.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Burden of Proof finds this Austin-based singer/songwriter reflecting on fleeting love and looming mortality in a downbeat mood, lacing his trademark skewed lyrical wit with strong doses of longing and regret. Since the late ‘90s, Schneider has developed into an adept tunesmith who embraces classic Tin Pan Alley pop, folk, and jazz while forging a distinct identity as a playfully surreal romantic. His buoyant melodic sense is still evident here, though it's wrapped in somber piano tones and lent gravity by The Tosca String Quartet’s well-tailored orchestrations. Moody pieces like “Digging for Icicles” (fusing spooky imagery with a supple bass line) and “The White Moon” (shimmering with high strings and Auto-Tuned vocals) have a haunting charm. Schneider’s subdued, slightly gravelly vocals lend intimacy to “Wish the Wind Would Blow Me,” "Hop on the World," and similarly bittersweet numbers. Especially poignant is “Weed Out the Weak,” a poetic meditation on the events of 9/11. The lean acoustic rhythm of “The Effect” and the percolating electronica groove of “John Lennon” help lighten Burden of Proof’s pervasive shadows.

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