by Sean
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Shearwater - "Leviathan, Bound". The new record by Shearwater, Rook, is one of the best albums of the year. It takes their last LP's great leap forward and adds patience, confidence, daring. They are a band who recall Mark Hollis/late Talk Talk, Final Fantasy, Silver Mt. Zion and Radiohead's Amnesiac. Since Rook arrived in the mail a week ago, I've scarcely listened to anything else. "Leviathan, Bound" is a song with dulcimer instead of drums, glockenspiel instead of rainfall, strings instead of thunder. It's beautiful and terrifying. Like when the waters begin to rise; like when the ground begins to shake; like then the clouds come barrelling & black; like when the trees begin to weep; like when the light flashes in her eyes; like when a shout comes from her chest; like when you're at your piano, scared, and every key turns to grey. The apocalypses Shearwater sing are the kinds we already dream of, the ones we already hold in our hands. [buy]

Calico Horse - "Idioteque". A song can have the heart taken out of it, singing it slow & strange. But not here. Calico Horse keep Radiohead's disquiet, sip the same cups of nightshade. There's something even more sinister in "Idioteque" turned lullaby - what are you doing to me, as I fall asleep? what promises are you weaving into my lashes? [info]


My May column in the National Post features songs by Sister Suvi, Au, Frightened Rabbit, Colourbook, Wolf Parade and Snailhouse.

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Posted by Sean at May 8, 2008 12:01 PM

This is strange - I'd got Idioteque in my hand, unprecedentedly, today, whilst cycling, and thought how it would sound interesting arranged for orchestra. Meeting of minds. Thank you.

Posted by Thomas at May 8, 2008 6:23 PM

The new Shearwater is lovely. I'll have to give it more time, but I may actually end up preferring Palo Santo. Still, impressive. I'll be seeing the band this coming Monday--yay!

Posted by Amy at May 9, 2008 11:40 AM

In pretty much all the time I've spent rooting around saidthegramophone, this day's post is my favorite. I adore both of these songs :)

Posted by Alice at May 21, 2008 10:33 PM

So it may be five months after this was originally posted, but I finally got around to purchasing the Shearwater album. An absolute delight!

Posted by Jordan at October 1, 2008 9:50 PM

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