The debut album from California Wives has me pretty sucked in right now. They have kind of a Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound with vocals similar to Silversun Pickups. Pretty typical Pea chunes. Lots of really dreamy and sugary elements. Not quite sure if I'm ready to add it to my list yet, but it's really growing on me.
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 10, 2012 1:07:39 GMT -5
Yeah, it was. I listened to it once, and I loved it. Had the same problem that I've had with every David Byrne album for the last twenty years, though -- his voice. He lost that neurotic/paranoid/bored/resigned/listless quality after Speaking in Tongues and it never really came back.
Yeah his voice is way more refined and less emotive. That's why it was so perfect alongside the overly-emotive chicas of Dirty Projectors in "Knotty Pine" a couple of years ago. But man, these are some funky chunes, and I think Annie Clark adds just enough of herself to make them awesome.
Should probably add Japandroids, Dan Deacon and Purity Ring to my list. 2012 has been pretty phenomenal so far.
Drop Temper Trap too. I don't think I have listened to that since the week it came out.
It's been almost three months and I still have no idea how I feel about Gossamer yet. I love Passion Pit. I really enjoy the album when I start listening to it and there's nothing I really dislike on it...but I just can't make it through that entire album. Like, I can't handle a full hour of them. Their sound just becomes grating over time. I have no idea.