July 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Björk and Dirty Projectors have come together to make Mount Wittenburg Orca, a 7 track EP with profits benefitting the National Geographic Society Oceans Project. You can stream the final track ‘All We Are’ below thanks to Domino Records’ Soundcloud. I would never have expected theses two very distinct artists to mix well, but they come together to form a beautiful alliance, their vocals blending incredibly whilst still maintaining their individual styles. This song is haunting yet serene, and tranquil yet aggressive. It builds and grows, and manages to seem a lot longer than its actual length of 4.44. I especially love that the lines sung together are not duplicated; each artist sings with their own pronunciation, intonation and emphasis, giving the song a life of its own.
The story of how the EP came about is an interesting one involving Dirty Projectors covering Björk, a charity event, and the lovely people over at Stereogum. Head over there and check out the full story here.
June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
Steel Train’s new, self-titled album is streaming at their website right now. I love it. You should too. I posted ‘Turnpike Ghost’ quite a while back, it’s still one of my favourite tracks and sounds fresh on the album despite the fact that I have listened to it probably around 20(0) times. Another favourite is ‘You and I Undercover’ which perfectly highlights Steel Train’s ability to write highly effective love songs without being sappy in the slightest.
My favourite thing about Steel Train has always been their energy; the level of fun and emotion found in their music. This record is no exception. Listen now.
Along with the new record, the band are releasing Terrible Thrills Vol. 1, which is the entire album covered by female artists. The artists include Tegan & Sara, Amanda Palmer, Rachael Cantu and Holly Miranda. Basically my dream album. Oh, and Scarlett Johansson. Ha kidding, she has a good voice. Alia Shawkat is even on there!! (She’s Maeby from Arrested Development, remember? Apparently she can sing too).
I think it’s a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to hear the full thing. For now, you can hear Tegan & Sara’s cover of ‘Turnpike Ghost’, which premiered over on Stereogum today (you can also download the original song if you don’t have it already). Tegan & Sara’s cover was made with Andre Allen Anjos of RAC, and the result is bloody amazing. What with it being my all time favourite duo covering my favourite ST song there may be a little bias involved. Listen for yourselves and see what you think.