Reading that Chris Walla's
music was detained because it was on a hard drive actually got me to revisit
my old Death Cab For Cutie records. The situation also lead me to
thinking about their former label-mate, Nada Surf, and the fact that their
new effort just popped into my inbox this week. I've always kind of
thought that their sound was a more polished, less poetic version of Death
Cab, but judging by the song below it looks like they've become even more
streamlined. Personally, I have no problem with that, especially when
the songwriting is as effortless as they make it seem. Lucky
isn't due out on Barsuk Records until early February. But,
like I said with the Cotton Jones Basket Ride yesterday, it's never too
early to get excited. Enjoy.
Surf - See These Bones:
"Everyone is right/And no one is sorry/That's the start and
the end of this story." Matthew Caws vocals here
are as they always are, warm and accessible. He also
does a really nice job of making each word flow out in a way
that gives the song a neat rhythm apart from the one that's
being made from the simple, yet interesting arrangement.
I think songs like this go a long way in showing that you
don't always have to do something original, just make sure
that you're really good at whatever it is that you're doing.
Here is the
video for Always Love. The song and
accompanying images are a bit cheesy, but if you've never
head it before then I'm sure that it will quickly have you
singing "Always love/Hate will get you every time."
That's good stuff.
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