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Twin Shadow – Forget [2010]

November 22, 2010

Post #51. Forget by Twin ShadowTwin Shadow‘s live performance is solid.  Probably the coolest dude in Boston last Thursday, George Lewis Jr. led Twin Shadow with an electric guitar, afro, and thick mustache.  The band rocked with hard drums, heavy bass, and guitar leads, giving Lewis the occasion to show off his skill and flare.  While this made for a great set, it doesn’t much compare with their album.  Forget is great.  It’s simply great.

If given only a quick listen, Twin Shadow is perhaps easy to write-off as another hipster 80s throwback.  I think the distinguishing factor upon listening to the full album is that everything sounds completely honest and unassuming.  Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear‘s production sets all parts around the vocals yet keeps the dressing elements simple.  Though I didn’t listen to anything nearly as cool when I was young, these songs remind me of childhood and make me want to dance around in the living room (softly enough to avoid skipping the needle).

Stream the entire album here. Also, here’s a free download of I Can’t Wait, which also happens to be my favorite track on the album.

source: pfork

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Future Islands – In Evening Air (2010)

May 4, 2010

Post #36. In Evening Air by Future Islands.  I haven’t liked growl singing since the days of Creed.  (Yes, it is true and horrible).  For many years after my conversion to “good” music I have listened to singers with smooth high voices, and only in the last year or two have I become open to rougher voices.  It’s easy to hear the difference between this and Stapp’s grunts, but it still took me a few listens to adjust my ear to the Future Islands singing.  Though the music drew me in, the reason I keep listening now is because of the singing.  Lead singer, Sam Herring, conveys so much emotion and seems to pour all of himself into every word.

Herring’s passion is easily visible in the video of An Apology, below.  But if you listen to one track, listen to Tin Man (free download).  The song builds up to about 2:32, where all instruments drop a bit and Herring croaks “I am the tin man.”  I could listen to him say that over and over.  This album was released today and is available to order here.  5 of the 9 songs are on this youtube playlist.

source: jmac