September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Solomon’s Hollow – Dakota
I’m writing this whilst listening to this song for the first time more as an experiment than anything else. I like the element of resolution in a lot of the alt-country / nu-folk stuff that gets written these days. Dakota feels like it was written after a couple of nasty arguments which ended up just being down to a lack of communication, in fact it turns out that we were both talking about the same thing and we had no idea. Having a fight with someone can be such a relief in itself, why write down your thoughts in a journal when you can yell them across a room right at the person who needs to hear them most of all? other than yourself that is.
The downside to an argument is you can completely strand yourself, unlike a journal a person can leave you high and dry with just a question or a simple observation.
Moments of clarity and and revelation are packed into Solomon’s Hollow‘s music and I love it.
marcus (who had a bit of a fight last night)
September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hey, George here.
He’s stirring, moving around, making me wish the atlantic ocean wasn’t quite so spacious. Conor Oberst has got a few gigs around California in the next few weeks [starting today] bu
t then that’s probably big news out there. I was thinking how Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes are really not household names in Britain… I’m always keeping an eye out for a trace of the evident gigantic army of happy teenagers and older that resides frequently on the htmls of the WWW singing the greatest and deserved praise for him. Never satisfied I am. There’s an amazing video here of Oberst in his element (from two years ago). The little girl singing along is probably sublime. I love her in a friendly way (that’s @ 11.55). Would love to hear some internation perspectives on Conor as a whole, I think of him as probably the most talented musician and song-writer of this decade. But you probably guessed?
Conor Oberst – I Don’t Want To Die (In A Hospital)
Anyway, I’m getting that sinking feeling that looms behind me whenever I talk about American music for too long; I should really make the treck and educate myself. I’ll give you my stereotypes; at the moment, my musical image of U.S.A is plastered by the idea of a heavenly California in a denim freyed shirt that I’d probably find extremely intense if I personally were to try and make a musical splash therein. I only think that from hearing all the sounds that Marcus worked with at Absolutely Kosher and also from witnessing how new bands from the area literally get pounced on by the music working ants who carry out-of-proportion food on their heads. I’m thinking Baths is getting that right now… (Pitchfork just reviewed Hall) He is amazing though (I only just configured what ‘blunted’ music means, apparently he’s not that). I get this strange image also probably from reading angry californians on the internet who really like music, I will eternally feel intimidated by such people (californian or not). Then there’s New York which just seems like a neat-looking buttoned up shirt with interesting architecture, steamy bars and tight sounding rock bands. I’m sorry if I have literally taken every word from White Sky by Vampire Weekend and put it onto a city: Contra‘s underrated in my opinion did I say. Of course there are other places of interest in this country but I feel I’ve sort of wandered off with my arm-bands on. Another day maybe…
Well here’s White Sky for the love of it.
Vampire Weekend – White Sky
thanks, I’m George.
September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
Take – Begin End Begin
We are wrong, scowl up, we are wrong. Feel the stroobulating bass swerving in and out of chunky oscillation wrapped around with silver beads and jingling jewellery. Cute jumps with gigantic drops, gets sweat pounded around my forehead and hearts pumped against my chest. My face will run and the tears’ll be sprinting down my neck. Gets me shouting out. Opens my eyes. I was blind until I met you. You’re amazing, let’s roll around and spray paint all over our eyelids.
Take has been in the dublab. Lightening atmosphere…
Coil up and nestle in the elephants trunk,
feel the stars blend into your eyes,
talk to the rustle,
and to –
make haste to rest your eyes back
into your head;
we will snooze here.
No but to be honest, Geotic is fruitfully efficient at putting you in a sleepy mood; apart from anything else, this music is just an amazing stress relief and the drones that Will Wiesenfeld creates are more powerful than most drum bands.
Geotic – At Our Cabin In The Woods
September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Coco et Co. – Slow Dance
Coco et Co make some beautiful music. Its not easy to make a music that relies on something other than volume as a source of energy, only a true talent can strap you in using just the musical notes. The Canadian duo are even offering you 8 tracks of their magic for absolutely nothing right here on their BandCamp (incidentally any bands thinking of sending us some tunes, get yourself a BandCamp it is the best).
They are doing a 4 date tour around Quebec and Ontario details of which are her on das Myspacen
I chose Slow Dance to share with you right now because it is the quietest of the 8 songs, and Im in a library.
Ill get you a Drum and Bass number as soon as my house gets internet.
September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Foreign Resort – Starlit Sea
Their hysterical footsteps slowed even though the giggle-spattered panting took longer to settle. She was bent double as though her slinky earrings were dead weights. Ella gazed at her, in love, infatuated with the last 2,4,6 hours. Their locked eyes just had time for maybe 2 blinks then the blinding sprint for home was back in full swing. Street lights and parked cars swooped by as the girls ran for all they were worth.
Left foot, right foot.
September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
Justin Vernon – Hazleton
I’ve done a lot of train travel over the last month, I’ve listened to this song a lot over the last month. Distinctive songs can always find a partner to tie in with, a memory to play catch with. Life has to have a soundtrack. If I ever get to work on a film then any vague reference to train travel will have to be drenched in this song. It nails the feeling of sitting still and thinking still whilst the world quietly hurtles past you.
thanks, good to be back.
September 21, 2010 § 1 Comment
It trawls at the speed of a tractor, a content tune whistling out amongst the worm-eating birds. You can’t fathom exactly what the boy sitting in the tractor is saying, it sounds full of intent and almost despair. But it’s organised and a well recorded despair that wouldn’t get you down but rather stir a willing urge to walk about. Swinging about like a playground swing rusting to almost disintegration, you reach the end of this song feeling a content sympathy and affection. But then you’re listening to something else.
Horse Feathers – Finch On Saturday
So it seems fitting to bring in another track onto this tuesday post.
The point is, Foster The People work on your average stirring and quicken your tempo to slightly more intentive motives. I like the following bass guitar that climbs up and abseils down briskly. The tune and the lyrics are brisk themselves; all these “other kids” are falling behind. It’s a fish net song, you what I mean yeah? It just depends how big the holes are in this catchy net, I’ll soon find out… But for now I’m enticed. Just so much pumped up spirit – don’t you think?
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
i love the lack of feet.