Gush: “Sisyphus” by Andrew Bird

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. 

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Gush: “Logic of a Dream” by Explosions in the Sky

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:

Gush: “Left-Handed Kisses” by Andrew Bird feat. Fiona Apple

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.

Gush: She & Him ‘Classics’

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!

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Gush: Father John Misty “Bored in the USA”

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.

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