Another week of songs. four of them. four bands.
four bands enter.. one.. no... all of them exit.
I don't know any more. #playitonrepeat
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - A 1000 Times
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam is a band formed by.. Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij. Yup, it's a super creative band name. Leithauser is best known as the former lead singer of The Walkmen (maybe the walkman in this video is a shoutout?), and, since their hiatus, has been working on solo projects. Rostam is a former band member of New York's indie rock band Vampire Weekend. I guess if you've got two awesome talents like this you might as well just name the band a combination of their names. Like a law firm, I guess.
A 1000 Times is a beautiful and painful song about a memory, a regret, or a loss; a young love that was lost to the blindness of youth. The lyrics repeat, "I had a dream that you were mine, I've had that dream 1000 times. 1000 times. 1000 times. I've had that dream 1000 times". He's haunted by this. He describes how he changed for this person and would have done anything for them, yet he still saw the sparks fade, and in his cowardice he gave up. "I found your house, I didn’t even try. They’d closed the shutters, they’d pulled the blinds". And to this day he goes back to this house, even though they're long gone.
It's a wonderful track that manages to deliver a painful punch while remaining playful and beachy. Check out more from their full, absolutely fantastic album I Had A Dream That You Were Mine.
Portugal. The Man - Noise Pollution
Portugal. The Man is an alternative indie rock band from Alaska. Their use of music genres range from funk and blues, to pop and psychedelic rock. There isn't a single genre that they typically get nailed down to, although most of their singles over the past couple years have leaned towards psychedelic pop. Their 2013 album Evil Friends had a couple more political tracks, and they've dabbled in activism. In 2014 they made a deal with Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to release a limited-edition record to raise awareness for endangered Sumatran tigers. This seems to have carried over into their upcoming album, at least in this new track Noise Pollution. The track is a timely commentary on the flood of misinformation that we've been overwhelmed with lately.
"Live leak the revolution
Go stream it now on demand
New world distribution
Let's make low resolutions
Let's reverse evolution
Let's leave behind this dry land
Crawl back to the ocean"
It's an angry track, despite how much you may want to dance to it. There's a scathing mockery within the lyrics that is infectious. I can't wait to hear more from their new album.
Tim Darcy - Tall Glass of Water
Tim Darcy, frontman of the Canadian post-punk band Ought, gets philosophical in this new track from his upcoming solo album. It's a song about pressing on when life get's rough. "If at the end of the river there is more river would you dare to swim again?" He asks this over again in different ways as if asking himself if he could go through it all again. Was it worth it? Would you do it all again? Could you? He could even be toying with the idea of reincarnation. If given the chance to live another life, another gamble, would you do it? It's an exhilarating, fun, and thoughtful song that demands an immediate second listen. Almost like he planned it that way. The river at the end of the river.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Rattle Snake
King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard are back at it with their unique blend of insanity. The Australian psychedelic rock band released this single after their hit album Nonagon Infinity dropped earlier this year. Rattle Snake is non-stop guitar riff of unapologetic lunacy, and I love every second of it. The video is so wacky and funny, and the music is just a ton of fun. I've talked about King Gizzard somewhat at length before, but if you aren't aware of this band: GO. CHECK. THEM. OUT. NOW. If this track didn't scare you off, I seriously recommend their last album - it's probably my album of the year. It's a non-stop rollercoaster of 60's psychedelic rock and 70's sci-fi horror that you can listen to forever. Literally. The album is composed in a way that, if put on repeat, each song seamlessly transitions into the next, and the last song does the same back into track one. They have a cohesive weirdness that I haven't been as entranced with since The Mars Volta, but are almost as accessible as psychedelic rock group (also from Australia weirdly enough) Tame Impala.
That's it for this week. Love it? Hate it? I don't even fucking care. You know you LOVE it, even if you don't know yet!
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