February 10, 2014

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Damien Jurado - Silver Timothy

You know when you have thoroughly unjustified preconceptions about an artist? Yeah, that. I'd always thought of Damien Jurado as an overly earnest, angst ridden, pain racked acoustic balladeer. If pushed I would probably have classified him as 'aimed at the Coldplay market' and left it there. A David Gray, a Damien Rice. Obviously I had never actually bothered to listen to him. That, in fairness, is why they're called preconceptions. So, eleven albums into his career, I was more than a little sideswiped by 'Silver Timothy', a lovely floating piece of psych pop with touches of Grandaddy's dream textures and Richard Hawley's 'Standing At The Sky's Edge'. The lead single from the 'Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son' album, it's late sixties America incarnate; three minutes of bliss that point toward greater discoveries instore. I'm late to the party. That's what assumptions do for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4sQz6Y5g88
February 09, 2014

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Real Estate - Talking Backwards

Sometimes you'll stumble across a single that just 'understands' joy - a song that is so effortlessly charming, so gorgeously summery that you have little option but to surrender and bathe in it's simple beauty. Case in point: New Jersey's splendid Real Estate with the lush 'Talking Backwards', the first single from their third album, 'Atlas' due in early March. All gently picked and softly strummed guitars topped with a soft, sleepy, lovelorn vocal, it's a song that feels like being hopelessly in love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgsdblVq8wo
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