In the first few minutes of “Eight Slim Grins”, a bearded man grabs Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) from behind. This character has shown up in several flashback scenes, as well as appearing to track Jane in the first two episodes. In short order, she elbows him and flips him onto a chair; he picks up a chair leg and knocks her tooth out. Spoiler alert: they fight some more. When he’s finally shot by a sniper, he falls to the floor, tells her not to trust anyone, and dies. In retrospect, his advice seems a little redundant for someone who’s had her memory wiped, received a full body tattoo, and been dropped in Times Square wrapped in a duffle bag.
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It’s barely conceivable that after just over half an hour we have arrived at the final point on the itinerary set out by Silkworm on their remarkable seventh album Lifestyle. It has been an odyssey that has taken in Gallic ennui, failed marriages, Fritz Lang, down at heel rock stardom, small town scrapes, mad affairs, love, home, nostalgia, braggadocio, darkness, Hank Williams, Jim Morrison, a glorious Faces cover, and every point of connection and disconnection in between.
With its elegance and warmth “The Bones”, Lifestyle‘s 12th and closing track, and the subject of this week’s blog entry, encourages us to pause and take stock. The song may be talking about life itself, but through its thoughtful disposition it also gives the listener cause to look back and consider the parade of human life and the wild journey along which this remarkable collection of exquisitely realised songs has taken her.
Autodrone last released a full length in 2008, when debut Strike a Match turned heads thanks to a heavy shoegaze palette and powerful live shows. The band’s latest offering, This Sea Is Killing Me, paints in darker hues while also playing up the band’s way with contrasting keyboard lines and atmospheric guitars that cascade over Katherine Kennedy’s vocals. Songs like “Exit Ghost” bring to mind misty graveyards on moonlit nights and pack plenty of eerie fall thrills.
It’s easy to label Oxford band Co-Pilgrim as “twee”, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the band has more classic American rock, folk, and country influences than, say, anything C86-related. With its rich vocal harmonies, new album Slows to Go beautifully evokes the Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Big Star. The specter of Gram Parsons and Alex Chilton loom over the record as well, as singer-songwriter Mike Gale comes through with gem after gem, often augmented by rich folk rock guitar and swooning pedal steel. And for good measure, the band’s never hesitant to throw in a little shoegazey distortion for effect, as on the Teenage Fanclub-esque “Flood of Tears”.
Montreal artist Eddie Paul might be a singer-songwriter, but his music smartly sidesteps the pitfalls of your usual, run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter. Instead his debut album Panda-monium, which is out now on Emery Street Records, brings more to the table than a sad guy strumming an acoustic guitar. As his dance-infused latest single “The Warning Song” proves, Paul’s style is broader, more accommodating to diversity. And it just so happens his psychedelic new video for the track can be seen below.
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