I’m not really the one who places much weight on lyrics. Once in awhile a line will jump out that I can related to and it basically serves as the lyrical theme for the melody.
This song by Bmore’s Future Islands (fantastic live, btdubs) caught my ear with its slow paced groove. Very sunsety, reflective, and at peace with itself— in a “last moment on earth” type of way. The lyrics really push the song’s appeal over the top; a perfect match up with the mood of the instrumentals.
Standing on a beach somewhere Looking for something to see As the beach rolls in, I swear It’s bringing something to me Baby, one day I’ll have what I want: Someone to stand next to me But until then, I’ll just wait and watch As the pull rolls into me Beach foam baby Midnight baby Beach foam, beach foam baby Midnight baby, midnight baby Midnight Standing on a shore somewhere Looking for something to be As the beach rolls in, I swear It’s bringing something to me
“Walkabout” samples The Dovers’ “What Am I Going Do To Do”, cribbing its fluttering organ riff and surrounding it with golden waves of beach ball drums. Noah Lennox’s (aka Panda Bear) pipes still sound like cherubs singing from clouds, so, uh, yea, you might wanna check this one out.
I had a hard time choosing just one song to post from White Denim’s new album, Fits.
The album contains their unique style of spastic psych-rock, but they venture into new terrain on the second half of the album with tracks like “Paint Yourself”,”I’d Have It Just The Way We Were” (posted), and “Regina Holding Hands”. These songs have more of a soulful vibe where the singers voice sounds like later era King Crimson or a non-androgynous Antony Hegartyons (of Antony and the Johnsons and Hercules and Love Affair). The instrumentation on the album is complicated but retains the bluesy rawness that makes their live shows highly accessible.
Although they already carved out their own niche and established a loyal following, I think they should continue pushing their sound in the direction mentioned above.
Saw this article by BusinessWeek a few weeks ago and noticed that the image they chose for DC was right next to my old apartment. This store front is a little El Salvadorian shop that sells packs of socks, underwear, beadazzled apparel for tweens/women, and suitcases. Lots of suitcases.
It has marques and a cool, spacey floorplan. I always dreamed about turning it into a bar or venue.