The Eighteenth Day Of May, Portastatic, Shapes and Sizes...

by PopMatters Staff

21 June 2006

 


The Eighteenth Day Of May —"Hide + Seek"
From The Eighteenth Day of May on Hannibal Records
The debut album from London-based band The Eighteenth of May is a unique, refreshing and thoroughly modern take on traditional folk music. Recently released in the UK to much critical acclaim, the band now find themselves at the forefront of the emerging UK "neo-folk" scene.


Portastatic —"Lively Chase"
From the Original Film Score for Who Loves the Sun on Merge Records
Mac McCaughan is an immensely talented songwriter. He first gained fame in the late 80’s and early 90’s as front man and principal songwriter for the rock band Superchunk. In the mid-90’s Mac also formed Portastatic as an outlet for all the material he was writing that did not fit the Superchunk mold.


Black Heart Procession —"Not Just Words"
From The Spell on Touch and Go Records
The Spell is the most fitting name yet for a Black Heart Procession record. Spells are cast over a person, a love affair, a nation, a world; they enchant and entrap, disorient and delude. They are the heart of this record, both the webs they spin and the snap that occurs when they’re broken. And there is no better word to describe the spooky intoxication of The Black Heart Procession’s sound.   


Shapes and Sizes—"Wilderness"
From Shapes and Sizes on Asthmatic Kitty
From Canada’s misty Pacific Southwest emerges Shapes and Sizes, fully formed and self-defined, yet redolent with future promise. Shapes and Sizes’ melodic pop inhabits a world of beauty, noise, whispers, and elusive, contradictory moods, where the dynamic of a steam piston gives way to elegiac understatement, often within one song.

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