Friday, October 20, 2006
The Shins - A Comet Appears
This song has a very "Oh, Inverted World" feel. However, I find the familiarity to be inviting rather than uninspired. Speaking of comets, I feel like it has been a Halley's Comet-like interval since their last album. Their new LP "Wincing the Night Away" is due in January 2007 (finally). Based on my initial listen, it will be well worth the wait. I'm particularly excited about the song "Australia", which I may post another day. This is a silly analogy, but the LP may be for the Shins what "Twin Cinema" was for The New Pornographers, a fresh re-invention of a musical approach that already worked. On the new LP, one can hear elements of XTC, Elephant 6 collective type stuff, and the Magnetic Fields, but the sound is distinctively the Shins'.
- Diving with Andy consists of Juliette Paquereau (vocals and lyrics) and Rémy Galichet (keys and arrangements). I can't avoid comparing them to Mazzy Star and Camera Obscura. The vocal resemblance to Tracyanne Campbell is uncanny.
Diving with Andy - Andrew
This song really blows me away. The emotion in her voice is stirring; it has to be for you not to laugh when she sings "f*cking prick" with her lovely French accent.
Diving with Andy - October in May
Diving with Andy - Andrew (video)
Not your typical low-budget indie fare. It captures the mood of the song beautifully.
- If you don't like Borat, you either have no sense of humor or you're from Kazakhstan. Not to be confused with Beirut and their slightly more refined alt-gypsy rock. Borat is a close second to Ali G among my favorite Sascha Baron Cohen characters, but the new movie may put Borat on top. Ees naice!
Born To Be Wild
In My Country There Is A Problem
You Be My Wife
Labels: indie rock, mp3, pop, video