Friday, April 27, 2007

I WANT YOU TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND HUM THE DIAL-TONE



New Buffalo

Cheer Me Up Thank You

The vocal quirks - the deep sighs, the panned harmonies - remind me of Imogen Heap, but maybe slower, simpler. And is Sally Seltman really happier, or as she puts it, cheered up? Or is she still melancholic over the loss of a friend or a lover or a sibling yet trying to put on a brave face. It's no mistake that on its second outing the tail-end of the clichéd mothers-little-helper line, "and look at what we've got", is drowned out by wash-away coo's. Yet, when the song is this lovely I'm not sure that the pervading sentiment (whether truth or façade) even matters. But I do sometimes wonder. And why is it so lovely? The same words, looped, the music a constant, why do x + y = pleasing? Once again, maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe the song should be gratefully soaked up, absorbed and accepted without any real thought - like the words of loved ones sitting at the bedside of their comatose belovéd. The sentiments drift through the air and then wash away. [Info / Buy]



Tegan and Sara

Where Does The Good Go?

Not to turn this into a RIYL session, but: RIYL if you like The Weepies (mp3: Rocks & Water). Or recommended if you like pop music that is catchy, defiant, but inherently miserable. The dual harmonies are to die for; the sentiment is heart-breaking. [Info / Buy]

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The entirety of Somewhere, Anywhere by New Buffalo is exquisite.

1 comment:

Colleen said...

hey, i just came across your blog randomly. when i was searching something about Feist. Anyway, i'm a Canadian, and I noticed a lot of your discussions are about awesome Canadian bands! yay! anyway, if you look me up, my blog is totally outdated, (and really lame)but I'm a student and so I have no time to keep it up, but thought i would just post a random comment from a fellow blogger. Anyway...take care!