Monday, November 30, 2009

Banging Around

Some albums I've been meaning to throw up here.

The XX is a British band which has been on the radar for a couple months. Impressive album from a young band. Reserved, intricate - they push limits at just the right moments.They have a true touch for when to ease in and when to lay it on. They have a lot of the funky syncopated rhythms of bands like Phoenix, but the guitar is a dead ringer for Modest Mouse and the echoey, hollowed out sounds remind me a great deal of the Walkmen. But put that all together with a female lead vocalist, some dark lyricism and extremely particular production.

Second up The Dodos. Three guys (used to be two until they added a vibraphone player) with a propensity for African polyrhythms and folk music. It's a nice combination to say the least. You might say, well isn't that just Vampire Weekend without the amps? No, because the Dodos have been around longer than Vampire Weekend. So there.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have that huge, full stage Polyphonic Spree kind of thing going on. Except without the weird hippy cult aspect and their music is better. It's more Arcade Fire, if the Arcade Fire came from LA instead of Canada. It's a lot brighter, sunnier - very conducive to trips across the desert and singing at loud volumes. Fun tunes.

Last but not least - Bear in Heaven has released a pretty overwhelming album. The music is half Interpol, half My Bloody Valentine. There are very poignant, spare sounds that kind of punctuate the songs, but they come jumping out from behind a big wall of sound. It makes for an unusual mix - you would think the subtle, ambient stuff would get lost, but it manages to stand alone in its way until they decide it's time to put everything together, and then the whole thing just knocks you over. It's intimidating.

The xx
The Dodos - Time to Die
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - From Below
Bear in Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth


Dudel said...

Excellent music choice, today! :D

AND, I see the formatting for the blog has been fixed. That is excellent too. :)

Vanessa said...

Thanks for the amazing music. It really made my morning!

Anonymous said...

the xx song you put up is sweet. I was a little disappointed upon listening to some of their other stuff after hearing it, but they are definitely still a good listen. Thanks

Shmu said...

Hey Brynna,

Just wanted to say awesome blog. Really nice selection of eclectic music, I like the Bear in Heaven song you posted. I have a solo project called Shmu, and I think you might like it judging by your tastes. The music can best be described as a blend of indie-shoegaze/dream-pop & psychedelic with tinges of glitch, minimalism and folk rock. I'm originally from Toronto, Canada but I now reside in Austin, TX performing, writing and recording. has a free sampler of the album or sample a couple of songs at
If you decide to post any songs off the record or the entire record, please let me know and I'd be glad to send you the links!
Hope you like the tunes!

Best Regards,


smb2009 said...

Meant to leave this on this post not the one above :)

Bear in Heaven reminds me simultaneously of Jon & Vangelis (especially the album "friends of mr cairo") and Lindsey Buckingham on "Tusk". Delightful.