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About: My Cousin the Emperor
Time Out NY attests, Brooklyn’s “My Cousin, the Emperor makes happily gnarly music; The band’s debut album, A Long Way from Home, trades in rolling country rock & roll.” My Old Kentucky Blog calls it, “Filled to the brim with both alone-in-the-pouring-rain ballads and throw-me-another-whiskey barroom romps” and Under the Radar Magazine declares, “My Cousin, The Emperor stands up for all that's still right with the genre of country.”
The accolades continued when the title track from their debut won the Independent Music Award for ‘Best Alternative Country Song of the Year’ and the quartet won the crown for Brooklyn in WNYC’s “Battle Of The Boroughs.” MY COUSIN, THE EMPEROR follow up their first offering with the release of a single disc, double EP entitled, THE SUBWAY EPs on March 29, 2011.
Volume I of the set is the acoustic PROSPECT PARK WEST and Volume II is the electric BROADWAY-LAFAYETTE, named after lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Jason Reischel’s two main stops between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Think of it as the mirrored counterpart to Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home.
“They say the Devil is in the details, but God is in there too...It's those little details that can make or break a song, and I hear those details in My Cousin, The Emperor's songs."
- John Schaefer, Soundcheck WNYC
“I'm officially a fan."
- Jad Abumrad, Radiolab (NPR)
"Led by the singer/songwriter Jason Reischel, MCTE explores the usual issues (love, loss, more loss), but does it with honesty and conviction."
-Brad Farberman, Relix Magazine
“Really sweet Americana... notably clean and well-imagined. This [The Subway EPs: Vol. I & II] might be a good springtime roadtrip album. Good crisp air and sunshine music.”
- Kim Ruehl, No Depression
"I have always maintained that when done right, country-folk-blues can be some of the most soulful music on the planet and thankfully, Reischel and company provide ample evidence of this assertion...An excellent addition to the country-folk-blues-rock canon. File next to your Wilco, Uncle Tupelo and Jayhawks LPs."
- Power of Pop
"On the brand-new Subway EPs...Brooklyn quartet My Cousin, the Emperor comes off like a shiny 21st-century update on The Basement Tapes, Bob Dylan’s 1967 gloriously chaotic collaboration with the Band."
- Matthew Everett, Metro Pulse
“This sunny side up, harmony filled strumalong would probably brighten up most dull grey commutes... If all train journeys were this creative and inspiring even Bob Crowe and Boris Johnson might get along together.”
- Paul Villars, AmericanaUK
“This Brooklyn-based band creates Gram Parsons-influenced, rich country folk.”
- AOL Music
"The whole affair is nicely produced and recorded, its clear, clean sound and crisp separation adding to the sunny, upbeat vibe."
- Sleeping Hedgehog
"My Cousin, The Emperor is giving the sounds of traditional folk and country music a modern edge. That, or they lend their edginess a countrified swagger. Regardless, it's good songwriting that stays in fashion, and these guys bring it."
- Andy Friedman
“My Cousin, The Emperor is like a country version of Pavement. They have nuances of a lo-fi 90s band, mixed with a country acoustic twang.”
- The Deli Magazine
“Songwriter Jason Reischel writes underground country flavored pop that is refreshing and genuine... Well written tunes, executed to perfection.”
“Reverb-heavy melancholy that is very comparable to songs from artists like Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison.”
- Brooklyn Rocks
“These guys remind me of Explosions in the Sky. Great rhythm, great harmonies...great fusion of country and indie rock."
- Rik Cordero, Three/21 Films
“With his band My Cousin, The Emperor, Reischel explores an alt-country sound that tips its hat to the indie rock scene while still maintaining a simple twang.
- Alana Harper, WNYC Music Hub