Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ear Candy

Things You Should Be Listening To:

The Wooden Birds: "Two Matchsticks"
Andrew Kenny of the American Analog Set's second release under the Wooden Birds moniker is a lot like anything else he's done: quiet and dreamy with that peculiar picking-style he's obsessed with--but oh how I love it.  

Givers: "In Light"
'Weird' is about the only thing I can think of.
(It's a good weird!)

Fleet Foxes: "Helplessness Blues"
 There is absolutely nothing I can say that hasn't already been said before.
But this is beautiful.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How Did This Get in Here?

...What the bloody hell? I cannot look away from this

Friday, May 6, 2011

You Must Never Tell It

I'd actually heard of Kites Overhead last fall when I'd downloaded an MP3 sample via I(heart)Music.  I wish I'd sought out the rest of his music sooner than this.
I've needed this.  I've had my Maps CDs on repeat for weeks now, hoping for something similar to get me through.  Kites Overhead is Gene Kondusky (of Canada!) layering his way through fuzzed-out, textured loops and a spacey blend of electro-pop and post-rock.  
As other people have pointed out, his vocals aren't necessarily strong--but I can't imagine them any other way.  They channel the intensity of an emotionally bruised Say Hi and the distance of Mazzy Star (if Hope Sandoval was on a manic up-swing and obsessively listening to James Figurine). This is brilliant.  
I only wish he were touring--Gene, if you're reading this, that's a big fat hint.