Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
Blue By Late
One of the promo companies I get stuff from has the pleasant habit of putting little Reader’s Digest press release stickers on the jewel cases of stuff they send me. This is nice, because it means I don’t have to dig up the full-sheet press release to see if something completely unknown is going to (potentially) turn my crank. So there’s no surprise that when the case for Sorry About The Flowers, the debut from Athens, Georgia’s Venice Is Sinking, declared acts such as Low, Mojave 3 and Galaxie 500 as reference points, the disc went in my short list pile. Even if that’s all PR hyperbole, it’s still a good start.
And while I find those specific comparisons a little tenuous (they’re much less quiet than Low and more orchestrated than G500), they’re not without merit. The best comparison I can come up with are Scotland’s Zephyrs. String-laden and lush, Venice Is Sinking offer a beautifully hazy sort of space-country/folk with an appropriately southern gothic slant to it. Daniel Lawson and Karolyn Troupe’s voices are pure and simple and lovely through nine songs of wistfulness and yearning, while track 10 is a 19-minute “Less Than You Think”-ish sound collage comprised of bits and bobs from the rest of the album. Curiously hypnotic if you’re inclined to pay attention. But if you couldn’t tell, I’m quite taken with this record. I get a lot of unknown stuff sent my way, and a lot of it I find I’m indifferent to – but every once in a while you find something unexpected that makes the whole exercise worthwhile.
I had intended to save this writeup till closer till the album’s wide-release date of June 20, but really wanted to get the word out now. And technically, the record is already out though exclusively from athensmusic.net until the official release date. Since they just recently played a hometown CD release party for the album, the local Athens press has been offering a wealth of features. Check out interviews from Flagpole, Athens Exchange, Creative Loafing and Red & Black. And whaddayaknow – great minds blog alike.
And speaking of Venice Is Sinking reference points, Mojave 3 have made what appears to be the final mix version of “Big Star Baby” available on their MySpace page. Even though the page is titled “official”, the patchy edit and lack of anything about an official MP3 from 4AD makes me think it’s just someone being extra-enthusiastic with the album leak… but whatever. You’ll recall I linked the demo version last week. Check it out. Puzzles Of You is out June 20.
Meanwhile The Zephyrs have made the video for “So Called Beau”, taken from their 2005 record Bright Yellow Flowers On A Dark Double Bed, and are sharing it on their website. And if you’re not familiar with the Zephyrs, check out my post from last December.
And finally, whilst on the topic of dreamy sorts of bands, Trespassers William recorded a Morning Becomes Eclectic session for former hometown radio station KCRW last week. In between playing some songs from Having, Anna-Lynne Williams mentioned that they’d be releasing an internet-only EP in the next month or so with some new songs, covers and whatnot. The Los Angeles Times asked the band why they chose to flee the City of Angels for the rainier climes of Seattle.
24: Man, that “Previously on 24” took FOREVER. That cost Jack valuable minutes! You know, Robocop never would have yelled “Damn!” if he ran out of ammo… Everyone who expected Secretary Heller to drive off a cliff, hands up? Liars. Wow, the First Lady is some kinda dumb. It’s like they said, “We have candy for you. In this dark room”. Okay, do all these bad guys have Bluetooth headsets? Are those supposed to be sinister? “We have no wires. Fear us.” Okay, so wait a minute – there was a big-ass explosion at Van Nuys airport less than an hour ago when Jack blew up the fuel truck, and yet they’re still letting this flight, presumably loaded with important British and French diplomatic type people, take off from there, business as usual? Either way, looks like Jack’s going for a ride.
np – The Concretes / In Colour