First off, I'd like to thank everyone for the comments on my last music post.
I like when we can get discussions going, and music seems to draw more interest than any of my other topics. I had three phone calls last week from people wanting to discuss the music I wrote about. Phone calls! That's even more than I get for stories about Nuesse hearings or Marina District petitions.
As for this week, there's plenty more good music to discuss. So without further ado, here's some worth checking out:
"Welcome to the Night Sky" by Wintersleep: A Canadian indie-rock band, Wintersleep won the Juno Award for achievement in music this year. Now, the Nova Scotia quartet finally gets their latest album released in the United States. Wintersleep rocks hard (three guitars!), but Paul Murphy's soothing vocals and infectious melodies give the music a nice balance. Click here for one of their mellower songs "Weighty Ghost."
"Dark Developments" by Vic Chestnutt, Elf Power and The Amorphous Strums: Two of Athens, GA's many talents, Vic Chestnutt and Elf Power, come together in this rollicking, rousing collaboration. Elf Power have always made fun, colorful psych-pop, and on this album, their liveliness provides a surprisingly perfect backdrop for Chestnutt's dark lyrics and raspy voice. Click here for their song "We Are Mean."
"Dear Science" by TV on the Radio: This album came out in September, but since nearly every music magazine has declared it "2008 Album of the Year," I thought I'd belatedly mention it.
TV on the Radio, a Brooklyn-based quintet, cannot be easily categorized: They mix jazz, soul, afrobeat, rock, pop and 100 different kinds of percussions, and they usually do this all in the same song. Somehow though, the many sounds always coalesce into songs with glorious, sweeping harmonies with more depth than the Mariana Trench. For what it's worth, they're also David Bowie's favorite band. Click here for their song "Halfway Home."