I love St. Vincent’s records, and I love David Byrne’s records, but I wasn’t too crazy about their collaboration, Love This Giant, that came out this month. I am really crazy, however, about this song off of it, called “I Should Watch TV”. Jeez—it’s good!
Alt-J has a sound that’s hard to describe. They played Mercury Lounge last month, and after the show, I told my friend it was like listening to the xx, Mumford & Sons, and Grizzly Bear jam together for an hour. I was transfixed the entire time. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, is out today, and despite being a little jumpy in places, it’s a great record. If you have a chance to see them live, jump on it—they’re on the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize.
I listened to Animal Collective’s new record, Centipede Hz, a few days ago. Its arrangements (credited mostly to Avey Tare?) are a little bit all-over-the-place, and I don’t mean that with snark; it’s clear that the digi-psychedelic collages’ lack of white-space is an artístic decision. In general, I vote for the other route—a distilled, rich heart, and only the frills that make the song stand upright—but I’m okay with overload as long as there’s a strong centerpiece to fall in love with, and what with the bittersweet changes and exotic rhythm on this record, there certainly is. I just need a breather when it’s finished.
This song is borderline ska in the best way I can think of.
I heard this song for the first time in a long time this summer and was moved by Paul McCartney’s bass line in the chorus. It’s one of those things—just thirty seconds—that gives you such an aural euphoria. I can’t stand it.