I feel like I have so much music to share and don’t know where to begin…. Oof. Had this one for a week or so, and it just keeps kicking my ass. It’s the new release by Bodies Of Water, one of, as you may remember, probably not, the Tsuru-certified, nay, “Tsurufied” bands from last year! Har har! Last time out it was Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink. An intense orgy of harmonies and intensity. In fact, let us look back, shall we? A time capsule of sorts from our looksee at last year’s gem..
“But I Can Not Forget May”
by Tsuru (July 30, 2007)
Intricate, a bit dark, and a bit unweilding, this may be one of those love them or hate them type of bands. Tracks like “These Are The Eyes” smack you upside the face. Lush & melodic, the songs flow seemlessly from with the intensity & urgency of punk, but there are no lazy power chords here, instead you have 2 guys and 2 ladies singing (often at once & at the top of their lungs) in a perfectly-balanced harmony while the music dips from folk to pop to psych to tribal (yup!) to theatre to… well, you get the idea.
Sounds like a mess, right? Surprisingly, it’s not, it fucking works! I have no idea how, but it does. If you aren’t smiling within the first minute of the album, turn it off because you probably won’t like the rest. For those sick bastards who find themselves marching forward, the pay-off is a disgusting grin that will most likely annoy the hell out of your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Wow, sounds intense, eh? I was pretty excited! Well, in the sense that I wrote last year, A Certain Feeling is the same… But musically, we find BoW (how clever of me) expanding out a bit. There are so many layers, I don’t feel like in the past week I’ve yet to flip every rock and see what’s underneath. Take “Under The Pines”, the song exits with a cacophony of guitars, tamborines, and, are those congos? Then blame, done. “Only You” immediately kicks in, slowly walking toward you, hover over you, creepy, dark alley, with her haunting vocals reaching out. And “Water Here”, what the hell is that? Wow, kinda indescribable, in my opinion. Beautiful. The music, each song, paints images all through your skull…
Bodies Of Water – 01 Gold, Tan, Peach, And Grey*
Bodies Of Water – 02 Under The Pines
Bodies Of Water – 03 Only You*
In my eye
on my fingers
in my shadow
Bodies Of Water – 04 Water Here*
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*removed by request…Go show them some love here, here, and here now!