EAGLE LAKE OWLS – LITTLE BRITTLE BONES
For Fans of: Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, City and Colour, The Tragically Hip, Sufjan Stevens,
ASTRONAUTS, ETC. – MYSTERY COLORS
I had never heard of Astronauts, etc. until I stumbled upon an blurb written about him in the Toronto-based music blog Indie Music Filter. The site informed me that Astronauts, etc. is a project of Berkeley student Anthony Ferraro, who apparently turned to electronic music after early arthritis made it impossible for him to pursue classical piano. Unfortunate for him, but fortunate for us. Mystery Colors is a hypnotic slow burner that adds the human element of soft sung (think Bon Iver or Wild Beasts) verses and choruses to a decidedly synth sound. Anthony repetitively asks the listener to “look into the centre of a spinning wheel, tell me what you feel”, and all you will be able to say is “warmth, comfort, and the sudden need to play a Junior Boys album”.
THE STAVES – TONGUE BEHIND MY TEETH
I went to see Bon Iver in concert yesterday, and of course him and his band were amazing. But there aren’t any new Bon Iver songs to post, or any Bon Iver hidden gems you may not have heard, so instead I will talk about the opening act. The Staves are three sisters from Watford, England who master in sleepy folk with beautiful vocal harmonies. All three ladies sing together, and seem to weave each others voices in and out with such skill and ease you wonder if they had been doing it since they were toddlers. The sound is gentle and melancholy – book reading-music, but with more depth than your average Starbucks soundtrack. One of the sisters laughed after performing Tongue Behind my Teeth, admitting that it is as close as the sisters get to “rocking out”. It is far from rocking out, but the slightly louder acoustic guitar, and the slightly greater sense of urgency add a certain something to take the band out of the realm of book-reading music to great singer/song-writer material.
BEACH HOUSE – OTHER PEOPLE
Photo credit: Liz Flyntz
Beach House have changed how I experience an album release. Instead of waiting up on a Monday night to download the album from iTunes, and then staying up too late listening track by track, I simply download and fall asleep to the soothing sounds. Beach House is right up there with Air, Sufjan, and Bon Iver as the greatest artists to fall asleep to. So enough writing, I have to go to bed. I hope you get to enjoy this track tucked under the covers like I am about to!