Somehow I’ve only just discovered this Aussie duo now, and I don’t know why it took me so long. Much of the world discovered them due to their song Open Season, which appeared on the film Pitch Perfect, and which is from this five track EP (although it appears wrongly labelled on the actual disc, which was confusing for a moment when looking up the clips on Youtube). The duo were based in Sydney although apparently have since relocated to New York, and this is a great little sampling of their song writing – sweet folk-oriented pop songs making use of great singing and catchy melodies, while overall sounding very quiet and soft. The song Open Season has sold me on its own, and the official video for it is really quite nice in its own way. A band I’ll be looking out for!
This album is the latest work by this eclectic folk band, essentially the work of guitarist Ben Chasny. While their albums are often folky at their core, the instrumentation is experimental, with the songs often drifting through odd instrumental meditations and less conventional sounding songs. This latest album makes an obvious nod toward a certain kind of 70s sound, particularly the psychedelic and prog-rock music from that period, and the space themed album cover suits the style of music almost perfectly. The song I’ve included is the opening track Waswasa, which is noticeably more rock-oriented than their normal stuff (though don’t worry if you’re a long time fan, there’s still plenty of quieter songs on here as well).
Tomahawk are a quirky metal/rock supergroup, featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr Bungle, etc), Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard), John Stanier (Helmet) and Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle, etc). Oddfellows is their fourth album, and is full of energetic songs that are all just a little bit strange in their own ways. Patton’s vocals range from dark and husky to the soaring vocals known from some of his more pop-oriented song writing, which adds a lot of layers to the album. I must confess, my favourite song is the single Stone Letter, which is also one of the cleanest and least heavy sounding songs on it. This album is hit and miss, and definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of Patton, or if you’re looking for something different and don’t mind music a little bit heavier, this might be for you! I also happen to be seeing these guys at a music festival next weekend, and I suspect they’ll be pretty good on stage. Anyway, here’s the clip for Stone Letter:
What have you been listening to this last week?