Tuesday, September 13, 2005

There Is No "X" To Mark Our Spot. What's Past Is Done And Gone.

It's hard to find subtlty in music nowadays. Everything is fast and in your face; a wall of sound designed to pummel the listener and discourage the best part of interacting with the music: repeat listening. Dublin, Ireland's The Frames are a perfect example of the exact opposite of this. Employing uber-producer Steve Albini to man the boards, For The Birds features melodic, folk-influenced rock songs with clearly discernible instruments including mandolin, piano, violin, brushed drums, and softly strummed guitar, as well as vocals that manage to sound emotive even when they seem hushed. Lead singer/songwriter Glen Hansard along with Albini created a beautiful album that makes use of subtle dynamics and negative space, and gradually builds emotional intensity over the course of a song instead of trying to hook listeners immediately. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

The Frames: Santa Maria

The Frames: Fighting On The Stairs


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw thes guys very early on the bill at the V festival. They were by far the best thing I saw all day and they put the more "popular" bands to shame. Was one of those increasingly rare musical moments when the hair on the back of your neck stands up.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

These guys are fantastic live, was lucky enough to see them open up for Damien Rice last year and they blew me away...

"Lay me Down" and "What Happens When the Heart Just Stops" are two other entirely wonderful songs from that 2001 album.

Thanks for reminding me!

4:09 PM  

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