A decade ago, The Shins were in their infancy and James Mercer’s songwriting ability was little-known. Fast forward to 2011 and it is plain that their fanbase is formidable. This is a song I only discovered last year on a friend’s iPod. I loved it instantly. The lyrics are playful as Mercer talks about an invented dance move, the “goose-step” and how the significance of witnessing him perform it is eclipsed by his desire to impress the listener by explaining his new invention.
"I’m so impressed that you hear My inventions, and that it matters more Than what you saw with your eyes”
The Shins are due to release another album next year and it will be their first since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away. For now, enjoy the song and here’s a link to the MP3 (right-click and save as)
This is a sunny day song from a new Australian quintet. As it starts to warm up again in Melbourne and the days begin to get longer, I can’t help but look forward to the end of Winter. Tomorrow is the last day and I can really begin to appreciate this song in the warmer weather to come. The lyrics are sweet and sentimental and the references to the coastline really resonate with my love for the beach. If you like this track, check out the awesome film clip and if you really want more here’s a link to the MP3
Lately I’ve been featuring music I have been enjoying for a while, but today I came across Active Child & I figured it was worthy of sharing.
The vocal layering is mesmerizing and there is a healthy combination of live instrument (I believe there is a harp somewhere in the mix) over synth.
Pat Grossi aka Active Child has quite the falsetto and manages to hold down the 5 minute song by weaving an intricate emotional soundscape. This song wont be for everybody, but then again that could be said of anything. Active Child's debut album was released one week ago on August 23rd.
It’s not everyday that you decide you want to name your potential future child’s name after a song, but that’s just what I wanted to do after hearing the way it rolls off the tongue. Emailine happens to be one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite songwriters. I’ve seen him play live twice and he is incredible. Such a brilliant man and this song demonstrates his talent beautifully.
Hermitude released an EP called Rare Sightings in late 2007 and I picked it up about a year later. This song was the highlight for me. Saxaphone, reggae dub and an assortment of percussion had me sold. The duo are signed to Australian independent hip hop label Elefant Traks which are home to some incredible acts such as Astronomy Class, Urthboy, Ozi Batla, The Herd, Horrorshow and Joelistics just to name a few.
What an awesome song from one of the best new bands to come out of Sydney. I remember hearing Peter Pan on independent radio broadcaster Triple R last year and hunting it down furiously. A few months later that song became a hit and word started to spread. A few weeks back when I was eating lunch with some friends at Uni, I saw some roadies setting up a stage and I noticed a sign saying that Jinja Safari were about to play! I caught the show and the group was great live. In addition to busting out a citar, xylophone, bongos, pan pipes and all other manner of exotic instrument, the members of the band were leaping around like animals possessed bringing a unique energy to their set. They closed the set with this very song. As it had just been released most of the crowd, including myself didn’t know it yet. But before the song was through the crowd was clapping, laughing and singing along to the “oh oh oh oh” part. Great unexpected free gig.
This is one of my favourite songs from The Album Leaf.
Red Eye is an instrumental track and it is difficult to describe what makes this song special. Have a listen and allow the music to massage your brain. This song reminds me of Tuscany where the afternoon twilight lasts for hours on end. Enjoy.
So Pinback played their first show in Melbourne last week. Unfortunately, despite having a deep admiration for their unique guitar effects and one of a kind sound, I was too busy to go to their show. This song is from their 2006 stand out album Summer In Abaddon and I’m very much looking forward to hearing them release some new material in 2012 which is only a few months away. Anyone who has seen them live, would you believe me if I said that I wasn’t jealous?
This is the first song from the first Ill Chill Pill mix that I made back in 2005. It is an instrumental piece from Japanese producer Cornelius and always lulls me with the perfect fusion of ambience and electronica.
I can imagine bodysurfing to this or walking through a forest on a cool summer morning. I think it is only appropriate that I feature it as the first song on the new blog. Enjoy!