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Nate Amos / Blog


Hello. To whoever may happen to fall upon this, I don't expect my "blog entry" to be inflicted upon the masses, though methinks it worthwhile to write it specifically for you. I don't even really know what to write about in a blog, so I'm going to briefly discuss my current musical excitements.

I'm a terrible person, so I download complete albums by way of torrents. Thus, whenever an interesting new album comes out, I probably have it. The best albums that have made their way onto my computer in the last month or so would have to be: a) "Narrow Stairs" by Death Cab for Cutie b) "Elephant Shell" by Tokyo Police Club c) "The Coast is Never Clear" by Beulah

Narrow Stairs is the most recently released DCFC album. Though it is miles away from the ordinary Emotion-tinged pop and heart thrusting lyrics we all have come to love and expect from the band, it all works naturally anyway. The band, approaching the new album as a live room album than a arranged studio album, finds themselves exploring new sonic territory. The leading single "I Will Possess Your Heart" is a grooving, mildy-stalkerish song taped onto the backside of a four and a half minute "can jam" as the band described it. The all powerful Ben Gibbard whips up some of his boldest melodies and lyrics yet, but the band packages it all into a tighter, more claustrophobic album.

Elephant Shell is the debut full-length LP from Tokyo Police Club. On the strength of several EPs and a respected live show, the indie rockers turn out continually badass sonic creations, ranging from the harsh and in your face "Centennial" and "In a Cave" to the slightly mellower "The Harrowing Adventures Of." Definitely check this one out, because you probably haven't heard anything quite like it.

Last, but certainly not least, comes in "The Coast is Never Clear" by Beulah. The Californian Indie sound is as apparent on this record as any. Though the group has been broken up for nearly 7 years now, I've only just discovered them. Never failing to lift you out of even the shittiest moods, the album is filled with song after song, all of which are simply happy. Not overly complicated, not all to meaningful, just enough to put a smile on your face and make you stop moping. Though the album is strong as a whole, my top tracks are "Gene Autry" and "Gravity is Bringing Us Down."

I hope this kind of fits blog regulations. It may be to long I suppose, but the true music lover will endure and take advice. I'm off to listen to some tunes, enjoy yourselves.

Nate Amos

Rachel  (10 months ago)