There’s a new song up from the upcoming Cold War Kids’ album Mine Is Yours, due out January 25, 2010. The song is called “Louder Than Ever” and you can hear it right here (below) or on their official MySpace page. And f you haven’t already, be sure and purchase their Behave Yourself EP. It’s fantastic, and you will definitely be looking forward to the new release in January.
We just wanted to give a shout out to Micheal Gungor and the band for their two Grammy nominations this week. We interviewed Micheal earlier this year about Beautiful Things. You can watch the video interview below.
The two nominations are for:
Best Gospel Song
Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor)
Track from: Beautiful Things
Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
Priory is one of those gems that has come out of the indie rock movement. Hailing from Portland, this four piece (according to their bio) “…includes honest vocal harmonies, some raunchy folk rock, and just a pinch of casiotone”. That’s a fair assessment of their music after listening to their EP Cold Hands. The harmonies are fun and raw, the melodies are inventive, and the keys are used tastefully. With a definite lean to the indie sound Priory doesn’t overkill their raw sound. That is, they don’t just sound like another indie band without limits and trying to be edgy for the sake of being edgy. They have a real sense of what works and what doesn’t and they bring that together well in Cold Hands.
I always like to take some time to highlight some notable tracks and one of those is definitely “Lady of Late”. At first it’s got a Postal Service vibe to it, but it’s done well and any resemblance to Ben Gibbard is a compliment if you ask me. But as the song progresses they add some fun picking electric and change the feel. The breakdown with the real drums is great, plus any addition of the xlyophone (or whatever that is) is fun. It’s a longer song (over five minutes), but you won’t feel it drags. Another great track is “Searching”. The band posted a version of them playing it live that impressed me. The acoustic drive is nice and you really feel the rawness of this band coming out. As well you’ll hear the vocal range along with some good background vocals. It’s kind of a stop and go song with drums coming in and out and I think that adds to the flavor of this band that I don’t hear a lot in others.
Apparently the band has signed a deal with record label called Expunged Records, which actually makes me a little sad. Not because they don’t deserve it, but because I think they could’ve done better. But such is the life of an indie band. Very little money and the hope of opportunity usually seal the deal. I hope it works out well for them and I look forward to the full-length due out in May 2011. I really hope this song is on it.
You can get the Cold Hands EP from Piory’s Bandcamp page. Currently the digital download is $5.
Description from YouTube:
After my girlfriend moved away for graduate school, I wanted to create something different to express my feelings for her. I secretly created a song and video with my friends the Daylights in hopes that it would be passed around and get to her organically. WITH YOUR HELP, we can meet this goal and it can stand as a symbol of what we can do as an digital social community. This is dedicated to anyone who is separated from people they love.
And yes, it got to her.
The third installment of Sleeping At Last’s Yearbook project is out this week. December brings another triplet of good songs from a band that just keeps writing songs that make me want to go do something creative. I feared the band would be tired by now or that the songs would lose their freshness, but Ryan and Dan knew what they were getting themselves in to and these new songs are the perfect fit for the month of December.
“Accidental Light” - A little bit of snare roll, some piano and a stretching melody at times, “Accidental Light” is like the light that breaks through a window in the morning. “If it’s all broken mirrors and a chance roll of the dice, then I’ll risk everything for a glimpse of accidental light”. That’s the pretty much the line that sums up this song. I’m still trying to understand what it’s all about lyrically, but it’s definitely a more intense, mid speed song. It always feels like it’s building, but that’s just how the song is arranged on the whole. I would say I like this song, but in general it kind of makes me feel sad, which could be the point?
“From the Ground Up” - The intro reminds me of their song “Unmade” from the Storyboards record, however the song does not. I’m loving the strings that accompany this track. “Right as wrong, soft as snow, it grows and grows, our home sweet home” is really the mantra o this tune. The title lends me to believe this song is about marriage and understanding how a “home” is built, but I could be wrong. Ryan stretches his voice at times, but that’s one of those Sleeping At Last things that I dig—he can hit those notes.
“Snow” - The lyrics to this song are beautiful. I could sum up Sleeping At Last’s lyrics and say they simply have heart. Few bands can say that about their words. It’s a very moving song in my mind and I would love to see it played live. The intensity in the piano and the mentions of It’s A Wonderful Life make it a great ending song for 2010. It’s becoming one of my favorite songs from the Yearbook project thus far.
You can purchase the entireYearbook or just December from Sleeping At Last.
As always, Amazon MP3 has released their 100 albums for $5 for the month of December
. Here are my top 5 favorites, all for only $5:
Others I would seriously consider:
Radiohead - Kid A
Green Day - Insomniac
Rotten Apples, The Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits