I’m a sucker for big pop hooks. Pitchfork just gave Youth Lagoon’s “Year of Hibernation” album 8.4 and put it in the “Best New Music” category so I had to check it out and I’m already hooked. A must for fans of Fanfarlo, Ra Ra Riot and even early Josh Rouse. Here is the official video for “Montana:”
I was going to post something that would prompt people to say that I make them run from Christianity (not really, but I’ve just never been accused of that before). But instead, let’s post some music, just because it’s Wednesday. Do you really need any other reason?
I’m a sucker for good pop sensibilities. Now let’s be clear: by “pop,” I don’t mean the stuff they play on the radio and make glossy videos for and those kids now-a-days go “Ga Ga” over. Give me a catchy melody and some boy-girl harmonies (though any harmonies will do); throw in some strings and horns and I’m hooked. Think Ra Ra Riot and Fanfarlo or back to The Housemartins and you’re on the right track. I think you hipsters call this type of music “chamber pop”? Or is that only when there are actually strings and horns involved? I can’t keep up with all you rock stars and your complicated shoes.
Paste magazine recently introduced me to the Kopecky Family Band. I don’t know much about this band except that they’re from Belmont University and they’re not actually all related. But they fit the bill for my pop sensibilities hankerin’. In 2010 they put out a fantastic EP called The Disaster, inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce.
Here’s the band performing on a balcony:
Here they are playing on a bench outside QDoba in Louisville:
And, here is the official music video for their track “Birds”:
Up next is a band I know nothing about called Milo Greene. Here they are performing a track called “1957″: