Earlier this year I posted about music going through my radar. Today, I have a few more bands to share in here:
The Decemberists: You probably know them. They come from Portland, Oregon and they have become one of the biggest acts in indie rock. I had a chance to see them recently at Hard Rock here in Orlando and was very impressed with the command of the crowd that lead singer/guitarist Colin Meloy exhibited, along with their great performance.
The Besnard Lakes: This is my new favorite band. They come from Montreal and sport a space-pop’ish atmospheric sound that reminds of a blend between My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized, M83 and Beach Boys harmonies. They are unbelievable!
Beirut: imagine David Byrne singing Sufjan Stevens-type music… now make that sound lo-fi and throw in an Eastern European twist to it. That’s the sound of Beirut in a nutshell, largely the result of European trips by Zach Condon, 21-year old musician who essentially IS Beirut in the studio.
Destroyer: I learned about Destroyer by way of The New Pornographers (both from Vancouver), given that Destroyer’s leader (Dan Bejar) has collaborated often and closely with them. Though they’ve released quite a few albums since 1996, I just recently became acquainted with them through Destroyer’s Rubies
My Brightest Diamond: as stated om their site, “My Brightest Diamond is Shara Worden, granddaughter of an Epiphone-playing traveling evangelist, fathered by a National Accordion Champion, and mothered by a classical organist.” Sounds odd? Not really… she has a voice that will linger long after you’ve stopped hearing her sing. We did, when she opened for The Decemberists, and the only thing we could complain about was how little time she had on the stage.
Menomena: A trio (also) from Portland, Oregon, their music is highly experimental but doesn’t go off the charts. It still stays roughly within indie rock territory. You can listen to their 2007 release, Friend and Foe, here. Here’s a video of one of the tracks from their latest album, called “Wet and Rustling”:
What are they feeding people back in Oregon? Just in this list, there are two bands, and in , I had mentioned The Shins and M. Ward.