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Different, but charming

Supreme Macaroni Co. Ltd.
Supreme Macaroni Co. Ltd.
By Aaron Bowen

Self-released: 2008

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This review first appeared in the November 6, 2008, issue of the North County Times.

Playing a likeably offbeat sort of modern chamber music, San Diego's Aaron Bowen has released a new CD that is equal parts late-period Beatles and subsequent avant garde art music. Keeping it from ever getting too weird, though, is the fact that Bowen has a McCartneyesque fixation on melody – all 12 songs on the CD are absolutely flush with gorgeous lines and catchy figures.

Bowen has a warm singing voice, and he's a virtuosic performer on just about anything with strings on it. The Hawaiian slide is particularly good, while an accordion adds a nice atmospheric touch. The intricate arrangements are often old-school in their balancing of the various parts, giving everything a kind of sepia patina.

Charming, fun and melodic, "Supreme Macaroni Co. Ltd." is one of the more unique releases from San Diego County this past year.