So wow, all this stuff hit me all at once and I have been a busy bee with listening to everything to get a grasp on the whole scene. Let’s just start off by saying all these bands deserve the post title space. And begin.
First off is Battles. My attention was first caught (honestly) by a picture of the drummer, John Stainer banging on that squeaky clean bright yellow drumset. It just looked so cool. So I told myself I had to listen to this heavily hyped “Atlas” business, and from that point it was like every angle was covered, this band was perfect in sound, had an appealing look, the Mirrored promos photos with actual mirrors looked classy as heck, oh and the sound again, let me go into more depth. They are described as “math rock”, which is understandable and very informative because of the harsh synthesized mixing going on mid-play, but I would also just like to state my feelings on their lean over the line to being just epic indie rock. The guitar movements are flawless in every way, the keyboard pumps dance grooves while exploding with the rest of the orchestra to keep the listener intent on every aspect or noise from the song, and the drum smashing is just spectacular, so emphasized and on time, and finally whenever Braxton chooses to throw in his vocal samples, you can then sing along to the splendid madness.
So I’m getting a faint idea of how I feel about the new Spoon album, and I’m liking it a lot, I must admit. Every song has its own edge, it’s the same old Spoon, no dramtic changes or anything, which is a real good thing. None of the songs have lost anything, I’m still continuously pumping them, and the growth is beginning, lyrics are being memerized, everythings falling into place for this to be another solid album, and another classic Spoon disc. This is a band that makes good music, hence this is a disc that has good music.
Yeah, it’s true, this is Jeff Grant. No, Jeff Grant is 1/4th of my latest obsession M. Bison. I just got his solo album Igaundola in its full (originally bits and pieces), and it’s grand, wonderful, glorious. I definitley recommend a stop by at CD Baby (Great service by the way). Anyway, Jeff Grant, or M. Bison is a great up and coming pop sound, hushing acoustic guitar and vocals, sweet bells, cute things you know? Really catchy and grin producing.