Normally when an album has been as anticipated as much as Veckatimest has, it inevitably sinks under the weight of expectation. In the case of Grizzly Bear, everything they have done since 2006’s Yellow House has signalled a band nearing their creative peak. (more…)
The lack of financial backing, mismanagement, no PR, bad timing…sometimes I wonder what keeps a great band from breaking through. French Kicks and Jonquil are good examples (both favourites of mine), as is Foreign Born’s 2007 album On the Wing Now, which appeared on myseriously few radars. But the good news is they have another one on the way, entitled Person to Person (out on 23 June through Secretly Canadian), of which this track provides the first listen. (more…)
This song may just save your day. It surfaced on the net as the soundtrack to a slideshow of party pictures on YouTube. I extracted the audio and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since – it’s mesmeric. From what I can gather, it’s by a virtual unknown from Australia going by the name of Ruby Weapon, who has uploaded a batch of Animal Collective/Panda bear cover versions, but there’s little else in the way of information. Which is too bad, because I’m absolutely smitten with this. Best thing I’ve heard all week.
A few hours ago we had about 45 minutes to film and edit a little ‘about me’ segment, which was hastily put together…but with this song. I will take it down shortly, out of embarrassment, but for now – rare footage of me:
In Ear Park took a little time to grow on me but now that it has, I can’t stop listening to it. I think it will make the ideal musical accompaniment to the onset of autumn and I can’t wait to see the songs performed live. This record has a lot in common with Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House and I wonder if that’s a testament to the input Dan Rossen had on that album. (more…)
I should probably stop writing about Chris Taylor’s various side-projects – the man will grow uneasy. But by chance (honestly) I’ve just discovered a group he was in with Grizzly Bear bandmate Chris Bear. Named after an algorithm, Fast Fourier appear to have released two albums, the last of which, Tomorrow, Tomorrow, was released in 2006 – the same year as Yellow House. The album is now out of print and although the gushing blurb on Amazon describes it as “a break in rock history,” it certainly sounds edgier than the material one would normally associate with these guys, and it certainly warrants a gander over at their now forgotten-about MySpace profile. (more…)