by Sean
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Woodpigeon - "Home As A Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always And Forever". Mark Hamilton used to live in Scotland but is now back in Canada. So he's like the future version of me - I, who leave Edinburgh in 8 days, and who will return to the the land of frost & tulips in May. It's therefore fitting that we have here a song about home, home (ahem) as a romanticized concept where everyone loves you always and forever. And indeed that's what I hear in these four minutes: warmth and love, familiar spaces, forgotten harmonies, that place where you're adored and safe. Perhaps too safe, but for one song we'll let it slide. Woodpigeon hail from Calgary, a place I've never been, and they're a sprawling band. Sandro Perri sometimes plays with them. I've never played with them. But the song makes me wish for my own sprawl of singers, guitar-players, bell-players, brushed-drummers, lovers. My own wooden trunk to crawl into and which, as I lie with pine needles and lavender, finally at home, is set out to sea.

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Jetplanes of Abraham - "Take the Cash". Jetplanes of Abraham feel strangely out-of-date. Maybe it's the guitar-tone, maybe it's the way the male voices mix, maybe it's the clever-biblical band-name, but something here recalls a particular strain of late-90s indie-emo - Jimmy Eat World's Clarity or fellow Ottawans Kepler. Some things are from this 21st C, post-Arcade Fire world: violin, high-hat, tom drum, multi-part yelling. But mostly this is a song without gimmicks - it's just boys with guitars, a girl with violin, all with optimism, and a song that runs faster than they can. And the second half is breathless, brilliant, idea after idea; friends bounding happily into opportunity.



People might be tired of such things but Shane-at-Torturegarden's Best Songs of 2006 is amazing. The art alone is reason to visit. Yes, oh yes.

Posted by Sean at January 8, 2007 3:30 AM

I didn't realise you were leaving! I hope you've enjoyed Scotland. I think we emailed once, when you were first coming over, and I'm sure that our paths have secretly crossed at numerous gigs. I hope Scottish bands will still have a place in your heart, because it's been great to see them represented on this amazing blog.

Posted by lism. at January 8, 2007 5:10 AM

I'd guess that the name "Jetplanes of Abraham" is as much a Canadian historical allusion as it is Bibical.


Posted by J at January 8, 2007 3:02 PM

Yeah, I was trying to find a way to mention that succinctly, but failed. I've marched in those Plains, snow up to my knees!

Posted by Sean at January 8, 2007 3:15 PM

thanks sean, you're very kind.

Posted by shane at January 8, 2007 3:41 PM

I just discovered this blog and let me say that you have fine taste my friend!

Posted by Yuying at January 8, 2007 7:24 PM

Sean, I'm thrilled that you've posted about Woodpigeon! The band is truly a gem here in Calgary that definitely deserve to hit it big. You've described this song wonderfully. Thank you.

Posted by Angela at January 9, 2007 1:59 AM

Glad you are coming home...at last !!

Posted by zaidie at January 9, 2007 10:25 AM

Woodpigeon sound great!

Jetplanes of Abraham...ugh, not so much.

Posted by anardana at May 1, 2007 12:07 AM

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