Very nice folky pop songs–a little bit country, a little bit AM pop. Good stuff!
Oh Land is the “name” of a girl with a wicked cool voice, whose third album has production by David Andrew Sitek of TV on the Radio. The singles are “Renaissance Girls” and “Pyromaniac,” which I enjoyed, but I found myself drawn more to cuts like “Bird in an Aeroplane.” Weird pop music with weird lyrics and great music.
Another genre-breaker out of Canada. Bars and Tone’s debut starts with some laid-back indie pop/soul, but by the fourth song the rap starts: For Nothing. It’s the kind of rap song that would be at home in the collection of any Gorillaz fan. The next cut, “Rock My Soul,” seems to owe a debt to Everlast. Back when he was good. And then we’re on to an atmospheric, almost ambient track titled “Montreal.”
Truly diverse, and truly gifted, this album is a grower. Listen to it twice, and you’ll feel like you know the whole thing by heart–in a good sense. Yeah, there’s a lot of music like this. But most of it is boring. This one never is.
Canadian indie pop? Who’d have thought! Seriously, though, Vancouver’s Said the Whale have been around for over six years making crisp pop songs–but Hawaii is the first album of theirs that I’ve been lucky enough to hear. The lead single, “I Love You,” is awesome–and not even a little twee. Other great cuts are the opening track, More Than This, a trippy piano-based song that would be at home in any Edie Brickell or Grateful Dead fan’s collection; On The Ropes, which almost sounds like Beach Boys pop (only more sophisticated); and the acoustic “Narrows.”
But truly, every song is a winner here.
This is on my “Best of 2013″ shortlist.