The Bundles: The Bundles
The Bundles boasts a line-up of Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Jack Lewis, Anders Griffen and Karl Blau, a formidable group of artists who have achieved great singular success. The Bundles started in 2001 as a collaborative project between Lewis and Dawson, who were fans of each other in the growing anti-folk music scene of New York City in the late 90s (she of the Moldy Peaches, he of the Jeffrey Lewis Band). Years passed, during which Jeffrey released five acclaimed records on Rough Trade, and Kimya recorded six solo albums, and increased exposure from the Juno soundtrack. Despite the demanding schedules of all involved, The Bundles continued to be resurrected in unlikely times and places wherever in the world they happened to cross paths. Eventually in 2009 they congregated to make some full-band recordings. Their debut album The Bundles [KLP214] is a delightful fusion of everything they have done on their own. Mix the tragic-comic folk narratives of Lewis, with Dawson's friendly calls for bravery, with the daffy, multi-instrumentations of Jack Lewis, Blau and Griffen and the result is an album that is able to be both snarky and tender, and vulnerable and confident - all at the same time.