“And I’m leaning on a broken fence between Past and Present tense”

Things have been rather hectic at work these last few weeks, as we make final arrangements to changes locations to a newly acquired building. Thus, images have replaced words on Ten Miles, but there are thoughts and ideas churning that will be transformed into verbs and nouns when things finally quieten down.

In the interrim, I hope the newly begun Adventures of Alice will hold interest for some, and I’m sure, amusement for others.

In an effort to counter the turbulence of work, I’ve been listening to a fair amount of ‘equilibrium restoring’ music. So for the curious, a brief list of those freshly uncovered.

Nobody – You can find a few sound clips here

These songs are covered and soaked by thick psychodelica moments, 60s pop homages. The organs are humming, the vibe is calm and tender. It learns from what other Air-y musicians did before this. It fits into the so called Living Room circle. It makes the world look lighted by a bright white, that’s blocking out all the shadows. While the music is composed to be a company to you. It’s the work for nature, to be alive, and to breathe the tones, tastes, smells and feels of what’s out there. It’s accentuating. It’s enticing. I’s wonderful. It’s honest.”

Mobius Band – I’d recommend downloading ‘I Had A Very Good Year’ and ‘Burn Off’

Mobius Band aren’t just good for walking at night; their unique combination of electronic elements, airtight drums, post-rock prettiness, hooky choruses and dynamic song structures is robust enough to be worthwhile in any context. There are simply very few situations in life that couldn’t be improved at least a little if Mobius Band were playing in the background.”

The Happies
– Try
‘Blue Stream’, ‘Wahaka’ and ‘Ginger & Lime’

The questions you should ask yourself right now are: Why haven’t I heard of The Happies before, how has my life been incomplete without them, are they still around, and why did this stupid reviewer wait several months to write them up? I can answer the last question: I didn’t know they were going to be so astonishingly good. I judged a book by its cover and thought The Happies were immature punk. Need to stop doing that.”

The Weakerthans – Go with ‘Aside’, ‘The Last Last One’ and ‘Plea From A Cat Named Virtue’

The album sounds so warm and cosy. John K. Samson’s vocal and lyrical talent is the most immediate thing and, ultimately, what sets the band above the two-a-penny similar rock acts the world over. It’s probably not quirky and poppy enough to win over the young crowd who holler along to fellow Canadians Hot Hot Heat and, in places, it’s Americana for people who don’t like Americana, but The Weakerthans are too good to be ignored for much longer by the public at large.”

The Layaways – Nibble on ‘Ocean Blue’ and ‘Silence’

“The Layaways favor a less noisy approach to their brand of moody Indie-pop, preferring to craft swirling melodies with classic Indie-rock changes that appear exactly when they should. Opening track ‘Silence’ recalls Jesus and Mary Chain the most, and it’s by far the most rocking song on the album. It’s pretty much perfect, with a hooky chorus that sticks to your brain immediately. As good as ‘Silence’ and the rest of the songs on ‘We’ve Been Lost’ are, ‘The Answer’ is THE song here, and the one that probably will have you stuck to the repeat button for a while. It’s gorgeous, dreamy pop with hooks galore and some nice harmony vocals on the chorus that seem to announce that it’s summer, you’re in love, and everything is right with the universe. Who doesn’t want to feel like that?”

Dead Meadows – Lose yourself in ‘I Love You Too’ and ‘The Whirlings’

an album that trashes conventional perceptions of stoner rock – its finely detailed subtleties exposed through headphone attention are but a single nuance of its wide appeal; its sludgy, repetitive riffs, mastered over three previous albums, another. Both aspects are executed with precision and passion. Both aspects suck the listener in and keep them there ‘til the record’s end.”

~ by tenmiles on July 14, 2005.

2 Responses to ““And I’m leaning on a broken fence between Past and Present tense””

  1. whee! new music!

    thanks, i needed a dose of that.

  2. you non-winnipeg people listening to the weakerthans really weirds me out, not because you are listening to them but because you heard of them before me and i freaking live here.

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