Cleaning the Inbox.
Very Secretary - Sister Psyche - this track comes my way from friend and longtime reader Ryan who likes Radiohead and Modest Mouse and the Decembrists a whole lot and whohas introduced me to a bunch of good music, some of which has made it here in it's roundabout way. It's sleepy, country twinged indy pop - kinda Belle & Sebastians cousins from tennesee - except they're from Illinois - and last I checked Very Secretary were never quite so poppy. But you get the idea. It's gorgeous alt folk that needs far more exposure than it got at it's release a few years back.
[Buy Standing in the Shade from Amazon.com!]
The Cloud Room - Hey Now Now - The Cloud Room are from Brooklyn. Thats all they told me in the email they sent me this morning. I don't need to know anymore. You can't hear the song without making inevitable comparisons to that band that formed at NYU, and has 4 immaculate haircuts, and are named for a global law enforcement agency. Which is a shame. Because when theres an elephant in the room like that, people can ignore a song as catchy as this. Interpol are great, with their atmospheric hooks and a rhythym section that manages to create a strange sort of dreamworld. The Cloud Room aren't out to do that. They're out to make you dance. To sing along. To clap your hands with the fucking beat. Come on guys - clap with me.
[The band is playing a free show at Pianos on Thursday. Go check it out. And their website too.