December 8, 2011

stay with me among the strangers

Any night when I get to listen to new songs from The National on headphones is a good, good night. These debuted today on Q Live (, because Canadian Public Radio rocks.

This first tune’s malleable bassline sounds like rain on a roof, all plunky and round and beautifully blue – especially when blended with the funereal piano. The nimble guitar work on the second one feels near-surgical in its deftness, with the choir echoing on the chorus making a perfect counterweight.

Rylan – The National
I Need My Girl – The National

[photo; mine from their jaw-dropping Denver show last year]

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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—Hunter S. Thompson

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