Wednesday, May 20, 2009
New Music: Deer Tick and Camera Obscura
There is much good music out there and I'm very happy about it. I don't know about you but I'm finding this year to be more prolific and fecund than last year.
I am currently enjoying the music of Deer Tick. Their album War Elephant is quickly becoming a favorite of mine especially tracks like "Dirty Dishes" and "These Old Shoes."
Deer Tick sounds like a functional fusion of indie folk, rock 'n roll a-la-Americana, and a wee bit of grunge. The band's cache mostly resides in its lead singer's raspy voice. At times he sort of reminds me Scott Weiland, the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots. He especially does so when singing "Diamond Rings 2007."
I give this newly discovered band HetPer's thumbs up. War Elephant is quickly becoming a high-frequency album in my playlists and I encourage you to check them out.
The second album I'm checking out currently is the newly released My Maudlin Career by the band Camera Obscura. I have been a fan of this band for a number of years now and I've been looking forward to new music from them since their 2006 album, Let's Get Out Of This Country.
My Maudlin Career is at times sad and, yet, at other other times melancholy. This is not the kind of band who's in the business to simply cheer one up. Their music is honest, intellectual, and careful and that is precisely why I like them.
My favorite track from this new album is "James" and, as I noted to Liam yesterday, it's a kind of track that 'gets' you whether you are listening to it or simply forced to think about it when doing something else. Their music is like a good meal heavily based on protein: it's substantial.
It looks like Camera Obscura spent the past three years productively, indeed.
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