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Sunparlour Players - "Talk it to Death"

It's okay if you love this song. No one's looking at you. You can bop your head, you can shake your face at the ceiling, you can kinda sing even though you don't know the words. I like how it takes 3 minutes for the tambourine to appear, as if it were hiding in the closet (when it shows up, he shouts, "hey! hey!" as if pointing at it). In the direct melody, the tight approach, even down to the singing style, as many idiots like myself will come to say in the next decade or two, "he reminds me of a young Win Butler." [Buy new LP!]

Relief Maps - "Sunrise Seaport"

This song is a diving board. No, it's flying off a diving board, it's that slow slam when you hit the water and everything changes but doesn't stop moving, it never stops moving. The little rise in Katie's voice, that little lift at the end, makes my knees go a little weak. Reminds me of something that used to break my heart a long time ago. Doesn't it remind you of that? [MySpace]


Dusty from Relief Maps reminded me yesterday that Frog Eyes are still on this side of the country! How did I miss this? If anyone in Ottawa has an extra ticket to the show on Friday, email me.

Posted by Dan at August 3, 2006 4:44 AM

really great post today.

Posted by Sean at August 3, 2006 4:53 AM

My God.
Sunparlour Players -- "Talk it to Death" is def. going to be one of my favorite songs now.
And he does remind me of Win Butler.

Oh it's just wonderful.

Relief Maps -- "Sunrise Seaport" is beautiful as well.

Great post :]

Posted by hannah! at August 3, 2006 12:48 PM

Man, the Sunparlour Players track is totally awesome. And live!??!

Posted by Sean at August 3, 2006 2:15 PM

it broke your heart a long time ago? have you turned to stone? and let's hear it for the triangle!

Posted by ll kirchner at August 3, 2006 3:39 PM

Remind you? Fer the love ah crikey, he as much as is Win. If you'd told me this was a live Arcade Fire track from some Neil-Young-in-Santa-Cruz warmup gig, I would have believed you. The vocal style, the melodic sense, the choked approach to vowel sounds themselves -- if this man hasn't heard his progenitor so often as to have swallowed him whole, it's the craziest case of parallel evolution since, well, a while.

Great song nevertheless. I don't need originality. It isn't as though Arcade Fire isn't just doing what Big Country did for the masses once upon a time, just better, and to slightly smaller audiences.

After that I really wanted to like the Relief Maps song better, but it just doesn't catch the back of my throat the way it wants to.

Thanks, as ever.

Posted by wcw at August 3, 2006 8:13 PM

I love it when great Ottawa bands like Relief Maps get the attention they deserve. Thanks for posting this song.

- Jonathan, from Ottawa

Posted by Jonathan at August 3, 2006 9:35 PM

saw the relief maps live at zaphod's with born ruffians, my dad vs. yours and henri faberge and the adorables. amazing show. they seem to have a deeper sound live.

Posted by iozs at August 4, 2006 5:32 PM

Ooh la love.... "You can bop your head, you can shake your face at the ceiling, you can kinda sing even though you don't know the words."

Have you been watching us?

BTW, blogged about you:

Posted by KRiSTOPHER DUKES at August 8, 2006 9:09 PM

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