Dec 29th, 2009
I don’t know too much about this band, nor can I dig up much information on them, but they are from Edinburg and they’re heavy on the instrumentation including the accordian, banjo, ukuele, and cajon drums. And there are only three of them. I feel like they are one of those gems, those real magical bands that just don’t seem to have the properly executed campaign, or any viable platform to get their name out there- but they seem to be relying on the idea of success finding them. And you know, it may very well happen. Their sound is very Frightened Rabbit with extra layers and elements making it an ethereal experience, a quick tempo, hasty, you know? I have been listening to their song, The Furnace- literally on repeat since I found it. I just know you’ll enjoy their brand of strange and chaotic folk. Check out their Toad Sessions below–
Meursault- The Dirt & The Roots
Meursault- Nothing Broke
Woodpigeon is what Canadian folk music should sound like. Their upcoming album ‘ Die Stadt Muzikaten’ takes cues from Neil Young, Iron and Wine, or Belle and Sebastien, with a generational sadness that passes through folk music regardless of the decade. There is a subtle crack of old fashioned recording on the first track of the same name, with more full-bodied, twinkling tracks like ‘Duck Duck Goose’. Every tracks falls into the other seamlessly, without resistance. The album, in it’s entirety, is filled with campfire jams, and house gathering songs. The 8-member group hails from Calgary, Alberta- which has become a hotbed of new independent music. Canada is carefully making a name for itself in music, taking caution, and collectively apologizing for the acts that precede them like Nickelback and Avril Lavigne (we do apologize).
Woodpigeon- Die Stadt Muzikaten
Woodpigeon- Empty Hall Sing Along
The minute I heard her song, ‘Dancing With Friends’ one of my friends’ faces popped into my head smiling, because if he heard it, he would fall in love with it. What a great feeling. Julianna Barwick is eerie, she’s floating, her songs can make you fall into a deep meditative state, they’re peaceful, like you’re sitting in the golden church pews of heaven. She creates a dreamlike state for each listener, taking them to realms previously untouched, unprovoked.
She eases you into this place with great joy, a soft face. It’s cyclical and loopy. She had once said that most of her songs begin as a warm up, a work in progresses, bits of harmonies, heating and vibrating the vocal chords. They then take shape and become these gorgeous pieces.
Her latest album ‘Florine’ is a serene bunch of sonic experimentation that lulls you and makes your heartbeat quiet and steady. I think she is just radiant.
Julianna Barwick- Dancing With Friends
Julianna Barwick- Bode
Their first track, ‘The Only Living Goy in Jew York’ is hugely offensive, funny, and threatening- you really just question your own integrity if you’re into these dudes. Several of their songs are about AIDS, along with another track called ‘Wha Happened’ which is a really funny soundbite commonly heard on the Dean Blundell show in Toronto, does anyone listen to those dudes in the morning? This band is the soundtrack of their lives.. I bet you’re wondering why I would end this post with a god-awful screeching, garage punk band, but I sincerely think they are too ridiculous not to include. They’re so perverted and out of their GD minds, but sometimes we need those kinds of bands to make us appreciate the narratives in music, right? I mean.. rapists whose victims are too willing? I feel offensive just describing that. So weird.
Ross Corder- this band is for you.
Life Partners- The Only Living Goy in Jew York