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The Amazing Pilots - I've Got Wings Irene - The Amazing Pilots are a pair of brothers from Ireland and their many friends that, were it not for some bad label luck (theirs folded a week before their first single), may have stolen all of the Arcade Fires thunder last year. The two bands are certainly of a piece, creating heartbreaking, orchestrated, but most of all big music. "I've Got Wings Irene" is a song about a breakup, about leaving home and loss, about growth and Making It. There's echoes of countrymen the Frames in the musics swell and crescendo, in the rustic orchestra quality that the Pilots seem to be aiming for. It's a song about a relationship thats gone on too long and the messy disentanglement afterwards. The Pilots debut album, Hello My Captor is on Undertow records, and you can check out another standout track, "The Price of Winter" - complete with accordion solo and what sounds like a banjo on the leads - at the label site.
[Buy Hello My Captor from Amazon.com!]
The Church - Chromium - I'd like to think I don't need to tell you anything about the Church. I hope I don't need to tell you anything about The Church. Still, you may never have heard "Chromium". It's a newer Church song, originally found on 2002's more or less forgettable After Everything, Now This. 3 Years later, the band has put out El Momento Descuidado, a collection of acoustic tunes, some old, some new, and "Chromium" is revealed as the song it always should have been. While the album will likely garner more attention for it's acoustic reworking of songs like "Metropolis", and "Under the Milky Way," it's the discovery and reinvention of those more forgotten cuts that make the album worthwhile. "Chromium" is a jangly, nervous ballad, overloaded with internal rhymes, and a swooping falsetto chorus, and a delicate shuffling beat. "Broken records, faded labels" - if they keep this up, it's a fate the Church likely won't be destined for anytime soon, still pushing the boundaries after nearly 25 years.
[El Momento Descuidado will be availiable on July 26th. Preorder it from Amazon now.]
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