These guys opened for Radiohead a few years back and yet hardly anyone’s heard of them. An Oklahoma band that sings from the heartland. Haunting strings and ethereal vocals, perfect for a folksy Western soundtrack. New album, Rituals, is that electrified. They’re on tour now, so buy a ticket if they’re coming to your town.
Saw these guys on Friday at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and was quite impressed, if not blown away, by the show. They have toured with Bon Iver and will be opening for Radiohead this summer, so it’s likely they’ll be big in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, do yourself and favor and download their latest album (Tamer Animals). I assure you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Eleven tunes I was smitten with this year…
“Jackie Blue” by AM & Shawn Lee, Celestial Electric
Pure 70s, funky pop
“You Were Never There” by Diego García, Laura
Beatlesy hammock music
“Bedouin Dress” by Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
Desert wanderers in perfect harmony
An eclectic Australian (real name Wally), good at sick beats and quirky pop
“Big Burned Hand” by Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean
A loose big band hymn, horny
“How Deep Is Your Love” by The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love
Walk into the club like you own the place.
“A Time For” by Lack of Afro, This Time
Old school Al Green, howling in the alley shooting dice
“Midnight City” by M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Driving along the pacific coast highway in 1986
“This Old Dark Machine” by James Vincent McMorrow, Early in the Morning
The Irish Bon Iver, a quieter Van Morrison
“For 12” by Other Lives, Tamer Animals
My favorite, spaghetti western soundtrack bliss