April 25, 2010

singing stories on a wrecking ball

temper trap

I have heard buzz about Australia’s The Temper Trap from my friends who caught them at Coachella and SXSW, but an email from a good friend tonight about how he couldn’t stop listening to their music finally put me over the edge — and now I am also stuck in their songs, happily.

This track skitters and twists over a persistently effervescent beat. The chorus (“and I want it, I want it, I want it…all”) reminds me terrifically of something else I love, but suffice it to say that this is a fantastic slow-building song – here the honesty of Bon Iver’s falsetto meets the shimmering, dancing guitar chords of Joshua Tree-era U2? Maybe.

Fools – The Temper Trap

temper-trap-conditions-LST065175Their album Conditions is out now in the U.S. on Glassnote Records (Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club), and if you want to see them live, holy crap you have many many options because it looks like they are everywhere this summer, and selling venues out left and right.

EDIT: This (!!) may be the song that “Fools” has been trying to summon up all day from the depths of my memory, also a freaking fantastic song. Something in the haunting vocals?

Never Ends – Vijay Kishore

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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
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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