I’ve been checking out some new Soft Cat tunes and getting excited to hear the debut album on Friends Records coming out this fall - just in time for when I usually start injecting a little more folk into my listening routine. While their sound is pretty mellow overall, songs like “It Won’t Be Long” feel upbeat without losing their folky coolness. However, ”Blackbird” is a more delicate tune with graceful banjo-picking and expanding strings that slowly add complexity to the minimal structure of light strumming and vocals. From what I’ve hear so far, this album should be pretty special.
i just remembered that question you asked me about favourite gigs, and i can't believe i forgot to mention Wild Beasts and the Cave Singers aweiughaewio;fhewiohg! What was your favourite concert?
Like you said, picking one is nearly impossible. I saw VV Brown when I was at SXSW, though, and that was the best show I went to while I was there. She had the most wonderful stage presence and sang all of her best songs, including a cover of “Best I Ever Had.” I danced my ass off.
Plus, look at the bassist. He was working it for my disposable camera the entire time.
I have always been more of a 5-dollar-show kind of girl rather than inclined to big concerts. To be honest, I’m not always good with big crowds. I’d take seeing an amazing local band in an underground venue over a major act in a stadium any day.
Overall, probably “The Gardener.” I feel a little guilty saying that, because it seems like such a scapegoat answer, but I adore it nevertheless. Off of the new album, I’d say “Love is All.” “This Wind” and “I Won’t Be Found” are other greats.
Also, there is a Take Away Show of Kristian Matsson covering “These Days” at a music store in Greenwich Village. It is literally the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.
Someone told me that there is talk of Arcade Fire being a possible band to be scheduled at SU’s annual summer concert series, Juice Jam. Although this is is probably just wishful thinking, I like to imagine anything is possible. I was equal parts bored by and disappointed in their selection for Black Party, but I am still hopeful that they’ll bring the Canadian group down with some other great acts to ring in the new school year.
So, I’ve taken this morning to give cults an honest listen.
Here is “Most Wanted,” the b-side to cult’s 7” “Go Outside.” Both of the songs are great, and will be on the band’s heavily anticipated full-length. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of contagious spirits. I guess I can’t really get into those songs like I can get into the more upbeat, more listenable 7”. These newer tracks are warmer and are readily accessible, with sing-songy lyrics and a friendly glockenspiel and poppy piano lines leading into the tracks. Pitchfork honored “Go Outside” with the title of Best New Music a couple months back. I can certainly agree that this band is making some stellar music.
Check out their bandcamp to listen and download a few tracks here and visit their Last.fm for more free tracks here.
I haven’t listened to Shy Child in a while. I just remember when the music video came out for “Disconnected,” I was totally hooked. The rest of the album is all right, but this song is great. It is definitely one of those that is the single for a good reason.
It might be wrong, but I want to see them live just to witness Pete Cafarella shredding a keytar.