Posts Tagged ‘ American ’

West Indian Girl – West Indian Girl

West Indian Girl – West Indian Girl

11 songs, 45.6 minutes long

Faithful readers may have noticed that I’ve been on something of a psychedelic rock stint, and I have. West Indian Girl is the latest in that trend, but very different from The Besnard Lakes or Tame Impala. The first album from a band of the same name, released in 2004, the biggest difference is that both The Besnard Lakes and Tame Impala employ a large amount of distortion in their sound; West Indian Girl has a very clean sound. That being said, all three deserve the term ‘psychedelic rock,’ especially when referring to the structure of songs and layering of instruments. West Indian Girl has a more American sound than many psychedelic rock bands, complete with guitar solos and the album opening with a harmonica. This is especially true since the “greats” of psychedelic rock (namely The Beatles and Pink Floyd) are Brits, and it’s interesting to hear an album which is almost reminiscent of the American West fall well into the psychedelic genre. In short: West Indian Girl isn’t at all what I was expecting when I put it on, but it was quite a pleasant surprise. I’m excited to listen to their sophomore release, 4th and Wall, released in 2007, which I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to  just yet.

West Indian Girl at Amazon.

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Cold War Kids – Robbers and Cowards

Cold War Kids –  Robbers and Cowards

12 songs, 52.9 minutes long

There are some albums that grab you right from the get-go and it’s obvious why the artist has the following that they do, but Robbers and Cowards is not one of those albums. I had to listen to it a few times before I understood what the artist was doing, but once I did, I fell in love with this album. It’s not very catchy, and the singer’s voice isn’t sultry or beautiful. If anything, the singing is in a style more akin to field hollering than actually singing, but the heart and soul of this album is spread across every note, with each peak and trough of sound dripping with emotion. Robbers and Cowards isn’t the most recent Cold War Kids album, and I like Loyalty to Loyalty quite a bit, but this is the one I recommend because it’s the one that got me hooked. While the album as a  whole is a fantastic piece of work, the songs Saint John and Hospital Beds stand out as two masterpieces, and if I was introducing Cold War Kids to an unsure listener, those are the two I’d play for them. Cold War Kids have a genre-defying sound, and although most would simply classify them as another indie rock band, doing such doesn’t do them justice, and you’ll just have to give them a listen to hear what I mean.

Robbers and Cowards is available on Amazon.

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