Judging from just the recent leaks going on, 2008 looks like a fun year! We’ve had Nada Surf, Magnetic Fields, and today’s obsession, British Sea Power. Then, when you add in next year’s releases by R.E.M, Portishead, Wolf Parade, Destroyer, and even “Whacko Jacko” Michael Jackson (yeah, after all the weird rumors about producers and rap and whatnot, I’m vaguely curious what the fuck this will sound like), well… there’s a lot to be excited about!
Today is about some Brits (thank goodness, given their band name, eh?) British Sea Power and their new albumDo You Like Rock Music?, title reminds me of Violent Femme’s “American Music” (Do you like American music? Baaaaaaabyyyyyyyy…), one of my favorite songs. Holy crap, I’m ADD today. Oof. Let’s see if we can get through this post!
Yes, okay, real good album, but, uh, how do I describe it? Well, it’s basically a mix of pretty standard indie-rock with a healthy dose of haunting/epic elements that remind me of Arcade Fire, yeah, that’s kinda it… “All In It”, the album intro, sounds like a complimentary song to Arcade Fire’s little ditty “Neon Bible”, but comes off more bit more “military”, if you follow… then we kick into a standard rocker “Lights Out For Darker Skies”, standard until about 5 minutes in, when the background singers start really getting into along with a soloing guitar. The we head into “No Lucifer” which sounds like they got the background singers from Arcade Fire’s “No Cars Go”! Well, you get the idea. Then there’s the beginning of “Waving Flags”… Goodness.
Now, I’ve never really listened to them before, so I’m not sure if this is how they always sound or what. Not that it matters, in the end, it IS it’s own sound, and it works! I found myself walking around all day blaring the hell out of this (though, to be honest, I did slip back to Nada Surf a few times, damn that’s a good album).
Alright, I better end this now before I embarrass myself any further (too late)…. Enjoy!
Oh lights out baby
for darkier skies
there really is no reason
to ask why