Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Matt Dillon's Soul Patch:: Caribou Odessa

photo courtesy of Michael Forester

Without a doubt, the one show Shane and I will joke about from now until we are moments away from being buried in the dirt is the night we saw Caribou - at the time, Dan was still operating under the name Manitoba - play at the Horseshoe.

Not only did the band come out and obliterate everyone's ear drums with a feverish attack on any and all substances that could be used to create a percussive sound, but the opening band was four dudes playing singing saws behind a sheet filled with projected images. Of course, they were called "The Saws" and seeing hipsters kick it to a gaggle of saws was pretty well amazing in an "are people actually enjoying this?" type of way. But obviously, Dan Snaith and his band was why we were there, and why we are posting today. After a name change, and a surprising Polaris Prize win thanks to the fractured sounds of Andorra, he's back and naturally, he seems to have reinvented the Caribou sound one more time.

The single from the new record - Swim - is called Odessa and it's as infectious a song as I've heard from the man. Melodic, enjoyable, danceable... these are not the common reactions to Dan's innovative, cacophonous compositions, but if Odessa is the template for the record, Swim might become a DJ favorite. You can't help start tossing out names (Junior Boys was the one that lodged into my brain along with Whitest Boy Alive/Erlend Oye vox that blow your mind) when the bass line and electro tones start dominating your headphones, but make no mistake, the tribal, visceral feel of the song is pure Snaith. I'll warn you now, if you listen to this song once, prepare to have it loops over and over for about a half hour.

MP3:: Caribou - Odessa

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Matt Dillon's Soul Patch:: Apollo Ghosts Land of the Morning Calm

I always hate it when I hear about a terrific band from Canada from a blog running south of the border. Not like we can know about every band in Canada, but we should be surfacing the best talent for you.

I guess though, when the band is as good as Vancouver's Apollo Ghost and the blogger is Ryan over @ The Catbirdseat, playing second fiddle is ok and finally getting on board is much more important than being "first."

Apollo Ghosts - a three-piece from Vancouver - is the type of band you hear once and fall in love with; it's that simple. Witty, infectious, spontaneous. The Vancouverites transform the most common of descriptors into something meaningful and true. If I had actually heard this record, it would have easily made my Top 10 for '09 and knowing that another LP is just around the corner is enough to make me happy and forget the huge oversight.

So, the single we have here- Land of the Morning Calm - is a perfect intro to the band. On Hastings Sunrise, the band successfully moves all over the map, but the creativity and talent that oozes from every song holds it all together. Land of the Morning Calm lures you in with chugging guitars and baritone, yelping and group shouted vocals, but instead of simply building and building to a feverish level, the band keeps both feet on the ground. If you can listen to this song only once, you are a better (wom)man than me.

* The thing is, I could have picked any song from this record to prove my point. The simple intro of Dobermans uses accordion and catchy lyrics to peak your interest, before the band kicks in and turns the quick hitter into something magical. The energy of Little Yokohama. The smile inducing, quirky, acoustic/horn filled ditty, Maybe Its Me... actually, just go stream the whole record and discover the joy for yourself.

MP3:: Apollo Ghosts - Land of the Morning Calm

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Matt Dillon's Soul Patch:: The Darcys House Built Around Your Voice

Matt Dillon's soul patch was hands-down the best part about the movie Singles, so it makes sense we bestow some praise for a new section we are launching based on singles. We try to focus on records, but sometimes (ok, most times) you probably care more about the song than our jibber jabber. We do nothing if not cater to you loyal reader.

You might remember a few weeks ago I mentioned the new track from The Darcys was kicking my ass. It's from the upcoming album, Young Believers, and if House Built Around Your Voice is any indication, it's going to be a gem. Obviously the band is influenced by older Radiohead but for me it's the way the song sounds large, but never tries to sound important or overplay its significance that keeps it repeating over and over again. The band has a quiet confidence that is displayed as they refuse to find the easy hook or break into a surging mass. The Darcys would rather lure you in with restraint and talent.


MP3:: The Darcys - House Built Around Your Voice

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