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by Sean
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I'm heading up to Montreal tonight to see The Arcade Fire and may not be back till late, so as not to disappoint the Monday mornin' visitors, I'm submitting this very early. Cheers.

The Organ - "Brother". The opening song from The Organ's new LP, "Brother" is like a classic cut of 80s pop: Cure guitars and the sharp line of Katie Sketch's vocals. It's a sour and melancholy mix; guitars gnash, drums smash, and the organ pushes toward a long cliff drop. If Joy Division were a quintet of Vancouver women, this the song they would record after a long drive through a Saskatchewan summer. If female tigers learned rock'n'roll, this is the music they would play for their long lost boyfriends. When Sketch sings the word "rapture," it's a small and classic moment, a strange and perfect beat. [buy]

Sam Phillips - "Reflecting Light". Richard passed on this track by Sam Phillips, a name I didn't know. Further research shows that she's been releasing albums for years, with guest spots by the likes of Elvis Costello. "Reflecting Light" is an elegant waltz, Phillips' deep voice rising and falling with a considered poise. She doesn't over-emote: things are kept plain, true, even slightly mysterious. The song's show emotion is relegated to the long, swooning notes of the backing string trio. There's a lovely push-and-pull between these aesthetics - the indulgent romanticism of the strings, the slow-and-casual hook of the vocal melody. [buy]

Posted by Sean at June 27, 2004 1:58 PM

The Organ was great!

Posted by Anonymous at June 28, 2004 9:48 AM

The Organ are very reminiscent of early Cure. A light pop sound that's still mysteriously tense and dramatic. I'd love to hear them do that outtro live.

Posted by John at June 28, 2004 3:06 PM

Wow, Sean. I'm amazed you didn't know of Sam Phillips, but I'm glad you do now.

Feel free to check out a fan site I've made for her (since her presence on the web is surprisingly small). There you'll also find some live MP3's.

A Boot And A Shoe

Posted by Robbie at June 28, 2004 4:43 PM

So, how was the show?

Posted by Keith from TTIKTDA at June 28, 2004 5:03 PM

The show, predictably, was g-r-e-a-t, Keith. This lineup of the band was as tight as I've seen them, and although the sound wasn't perfect, they blew the lid off my head more than once. Also - the new 7" suggests that the album will explode with awesomeness. :)

Posted by Sean at June 28, 2004 6:41 PM

Hey Sean, check out Sam Phillips' songs Power World and I Need Love. They will get stuck in your head like gum in your hair.


Posted by Alan W at June 28, 2004 9:51 PM

Sam's album Omnipop is 100% great. Well worth checking out.

Posted by paul at June 29, 2004 9:45 PM

Thanks for The Organ mp3. I bought their ep when I saw them on tour with the New Pornographers. I wasn't sure if their new album was out yet, but now you've reminded me to pick it up.

Posted by Heather at July 2, 2004 2:40 AM

I have been looking for that Sam Phillips song for weeks! Thanks so much for posting it.

Posted by Sara at July 7, 2004 3:48 PM

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