Barcelona

Off on our hols soon…

Really hoping to catch some music while we’re away, possibly in the street. Which reminds me of this I shot two years ago and still watch regularly:

No apologies for the repost, I’ll be well pleased if I find anything as good as this…

There is a dream inside this place, it has been waiting all year long.

Some people move slower than others, don’t you find?

I’ve just downloaded the newest of the Emusic Selects records, an album by The Family Band, called Miller Path. Emusic are touting it as a “pitch-black skeletal goth-folk”, which tells you a lot of what you need to know, but for me the most striking thing about the record, gothic and miserable as it is, is the sheer pace of the thing.

It’s slow, sometimes real slow.

Each song trudges along morosely, funereally, you could say, earning its gothic wings with something to spare. There are protracted instrumental pieces between lines and long gaps between tracks that add to the sense of taking some time.

It’s all rather like finding yourself in an awkward conversation with someone who doesn’t really talk a lot, or rather, talks sparingly – there’s little doubt that there’s going to be more to come. There’s a certain fascination in enduring the pauses and waiting for next comment, and at times it’s all you can do to avoid babbling ridiculously to cover the silences. Stop yourself from filling in the gaps, however, and the whole records becomes a rewarding if gloomy experience.

The core of Family Band is husband and wife Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin who split their time between Brooklyn and a log cabin in the Catskills, all a bit Handsome Family cum Bon Iver, I know, but really nothing like either. And I dunno, but since I read that I find myself looking for city and country-type elements in their music. I fancy I can hear city-style tensions and stress, slipped in alongside the rural pauses.

You can hear the whole record here, and there are a few free downloads available, one from eMusic, which I’ll host here, and two others from The Fader, which I’ll leave you to find for yourself

Fantasy – The Family Band

Then there are a couple of decent videos to be had, including this one:

Always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby, it’s a deal

It’s been a bit of a while, (for which I humbly apologise), main reason for this being that I’ve just left my job and there’s a whole bunch of stuff that goes with that…

Anyway I’m here now (and free!).

I’ve been running through the pages of the AVClub this evening and whilst I was initially drawn in by an article on Innerspeaker by new Aussie faves Tame Impala, I got further distracted by an interview with Tom Waits, which is here, and is good reading.

In the past I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Tom Waits over the years. I remember buying and flogging to death Swordfishtrombone (Never could stand that dog…). But after while Waits’ delivery and the whole beat-hobo costume got a bit irksome and, well, silly… For some time, I pretty much loathed his records.

Well, it’s a new day, and prompted by the ever-wise Gary and Steven, I bought Alice from Emusic a couple of weeks ago.

And… I’m hooked again! It’s a be-yew-tiful record that I can’t stop listening to at the moment. Somehow all the things that used to drive me to distraction no longer seem like deal-breakers and I’m free to enjoy all the quirks, idiosyncrasies and lyrical brilliance that is stowed away in each song.

Can’t find any decent videos from the record (although, there’s something about Waits’ records that inspires art school students to make their own films, in droves), but this is just beautiful, even if it’s not really a video…

You will never come close to how I feel…

We all have touchstones, places we like to return to at regular intervals, natural positions we return to after periods of venturing out. Musically, my touchstone has always been the wonky, basic sounds of psychedelia…

Tame Impala

The Emusic community is getting pretty excited about an Australian band with the rather dumb name of Tame Impala, who’ve just released their first album, Innerspeaker. I’ve heard some of their earlier tracks from a previous EP, but they’re pretty generic stoner rock, with heavy, heavy rock influences, and not really that memorable.

The album, though, is a lighter, tighter affair, still dipped from head to foot in the sixties, but with something of a more “English” feel to it. Some of the clumsier Vanilla Fudge-style riffing has been reined in, and they manage to sound like some of the freak beat bands of the mid-sixties.

I like it a lot, but as I said I’m at heart a sixties fan. For a more modern comparison, I think you could look at the Besnard Lakes, taking out some of the Brian Wilson influences and replacing them with Cream or the PrettyThings. Currently touring the US with MGMT, they have quite a decent website which includes three or four mix-tapes they’ve put together. (I approve…)

Here’s a video of their single, Solitude is Bliss, the world apparently falling about their ears…

The sage folk at Emusic are rarely far off…