If you listen to Man of Aran and think it sounds like a soundtrack . . . You’re right. The album is built to accompany a 1934 film that you’ve probably never seen . . . And probably never will. British Sea Power has continued their Herculean efforts to be as obscure as humanly possible with their latest effort, which features several 10+ minute extended (jams?) that, at times, sound like ocean noise and whale sounds. I remember a long time ago reading a pretty positive review of a British Sea Power record that asked the question, “Does anyone really listen to British Sea Power?” It resonated with me because their albums are usually pretty out there–atmospheric and technically proficient, to be sure, but not terribly impassioned. The band’s 2008 album Do You Like Rock Music?, got a good review from me, and I’m writing up Man of Aran as well, so I must dig BSP on some level, but this album is so . . . weird. Don’t get me wrong, I like it enough that I listened all the way through. But this is not music to drive the car to, or music to play while you’re making out. It’s music to play at night, when you’re high (or at least contemplative), and looking for something to carry your thoughts along gently.
Check it out.
BONUS MOVIE THEMES!
(theme tune for an unwritten script)-Drunk Country. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)