Some of the recent bands sound like chestnuts of yesteryear, whether or not on purpose. There’s pleasure in rehearing the sound of a favorite period or musical group in a new artist, though it begs the question of whether that artist can make the sound its own and whether they can maintain a long-term career in the mainstream.
we’d be talking about four months from now. We saw them on one of Palladia channel’s new band specials and they pretty much left the other bands in the aural dust. They wrote all their songs with their engineer Jeffery David on their album Talking Dreams, released last fall.
|Sydney Sierta of Echosmith|
Ben told me about the Temples when we were talking about top albums of the year so far. He said they had a Beatles sound. Noel Gallagher, songwriter and one of the wild siblings, of Oasis has publicly chastised Britain’s Radio One for not playing the Temples more.
Sun Structures this past winter – and their sound. I’d venture to go more specific and say they sound like a doppelganger for The Beatles at the time they recorded Magical Mystery Tour (1967).
While I looked through the stacks at Shake It Records a couple of weeks ago, Neil listened to some of the new albums and happened upon Hamilton Leithauser’s Black Hours (2014). We hadn’t encountered Leithauser before, though he’s been the lead singer for The Walkmen for over a decade.
Black Hours earlier this month.
His songs are about the search for love and despair over its possible outcomes. The album is more of a song cycle – thematically a little like Beck’s Sea Change (2002) – that traces a trajectory of desire, heart-break, apathy, envy, and a final coming to terms with himself. That new realization is more complex than it initially appears because Leithauser addresses both genders on this album and it’s not clear if they are friends, confidantes, or intimates.