Sisyphus was a cruel Greek king who was punished to push a large rock up on a steep hill, only to find it rolling back on nearing the top. Ever since, he has been known for pushing the rock tirelessly till eternity (source)
I’ve been internet searching all kinds of album titles this year. This sweet little tune is the best thing I’ve heard in a while. From it’s “Let it roll…” bit, which I feel may reference George Harrison’s “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let it Roll)” and to the Radiohead “Karma Police”-type piano layer. And the bass line reference I can’t quite put my mind on (I will report back on this later). This song is lush, as Andrew Bird so often does, but it’s fast-spitted words makes it more exciting and different.
This is a keeper. The album drops next week. I’ve ordered multiple copies to my beautiful record store.
I managed to see Explosions in the Sky twice this summer.
I’m so excited for their new album. The band’s posted a new track. They’re playing with different sounds and I really dig it. They’ve been playing with swirling voice recordings at their live shows lately. It gives it an lonely, mysterious sound:
I’m a pretty big Andrew Bird fan. I went through a bit of an obsessive phase over the song “Three White Horses.” Bird is an evolving artist. He does good work. This album’s a meta-love song featuring a gal who needs no introduction, but for blog purposes, Fiona Apple!
I’m anticipating, if it’s anything like the following teaser track, Bird’s new album Are You Serious to be country-kissed, but with more grit. This sweet tune reminds me a lot of two Sondre Lerche girl-guy duets (see “Modern Nature” and “Hell No”) and and this Stars song.
I’m happy to report you can get your ears on M. Ward’s new album More Rain here. Tour to come, I imagine.
I haven’t felt so strongly about a new release album in a while. Thank you so much, Julien Baker (via Sterogum’s Top 50 list). Work a little harder Canada Post, so I can listen to this gal’s album sooner!
She & Him have changed their sound. They’ve always had a bit of the flowery, fifties class that Volume One‘s “Sweet Darlin'” did so well. It’s good, but I think things sound best stripped down and Classics does no such thing as it’s packed with bells and tons of string arrangements (see cover of “Fools Rush In”).
Deschanel and Ward are certainly channeling a vintage sweet sound that would make the cast of Singin’ in the Rain proud, but I doubt it will get much attention from today’s music lovers.
Anyways, I know I talked it down, but you should probably give it a chance yourself.
And bask in the album’s gorgeous artwork, which I just know will be made of the same weird smelling paper as this album… And I’m totally stoked to get a copy in my paws!
Have you been listening to indie radio stations lately? Yes you say? Then you’ve probably heard Father John Misty’s tune “Bored in the USA” quite a bit. People are loving it and I couldn’t agree more.
Here’s some sweet merch in support of the new album, I Love You, Honeybear, due February 10, 2015. The album’s apparently a concept album.
Pretty jazzed to get my ears on Damien Rice’s new album My Favourite Faded Fantasy. I’m also pretty happy to see the
Canadian European spelling of favourite.
It’s been a very long time since Rice has given us anything. This is his very first album sans the full-voiced Lisa Hannigan.