Monday, September 1, 2014

August Songs that Bear Repeating

     As a welcome to the new month, here are favorite songs from August posts of Indie Obsessive.

     “Steam” by Green Stone Garden (from the August 2 post)

     “Burn This House” by Mwansa (from the August 2 post)

     “Home” by Dotan (from the August 11 post)

     “Animal” by Racing Glaciers (from the August 18 post)

    “Wolf” by Mammals (from the August 30 post)

     “I’m Not Coming Back” by Husky (from the August 29 post)

     “In My Bones by Jesse Taylor (from the August 2 post)

    “Let Up” by Lyke Giants (from the August 2 post)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Collection – A Band Review

     Now and then, Lois Lane would theorize about Clark Kent actually being Superman and would ask, “Have you ever seen them together?” Well, of course Superman was indeed the superhero persona of the mild-mannered Clark Kent.
     Well, has anyone ever seen Typhoon and the Collection together? When limiting the investigation to an individual level, has anyone ever seen Kyle Morton and David Wimbish together? Their voices, their uses of vocal inflections, and their tastes in musical composition are too closely aligned for there to be two separate people. Importantly, the Superman/Clark Kent question is easily distinguished from this music-specific investigation, since Typhoon and The Collection are both “super.”  

     Indie Obsessive has professed its appreciation for the orchestral sound of Typhoon more than once. Typhoon has staked claim on the Western United States, since the band is based in Portland, Oregon. On the other hand, The Collection owns the East. The band of between 12 and 17 works its craft in Greensboro, North Carolina (because there are so many members, the listing is found at the bottom of this post).
     On July 15, the Collection released the debut album “Ars Moriendi” (The Art of Dying). The first single from the album is “The Gown of Green”.

     The translated title track of the “Ars Moriendi” album is “The Art of Dying.”

    Currently, a Noisetrade offer is available. Of course, the Collection would appreciate a tip.

     Just for comparison purposes, here is one of the great Typhoon songs – “Young Fathers.”

the Collection is:
David Wimbish - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Pipa, Violin, Cello, Horns, Vocals
Mira-joy Wimbish - Accordion, Glockenspiel, Aux Percussion, Vocals
Hayden Cooke - Bass Guitar, Doublebass
Christina Goss - Piano, Glockenspiel, Aux Percussion
Whitney Keller - Organ, Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Aux Percussion, Vocals
Philip Keller - Baritone Horn
Sandra Wimbish - Trumpet
Steve Rozema - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Graham Dickey - Trombone
Chase Salmons - Drums, Chains, Weights, Keys, Shakers, Tambourines
Tom Troyer - Electric Guitar, Phin, Charango, Flute, Didjeridoo
Maria Yandell - Violin
Josh Weesner - Violin
Christina Brooke - Cello
Jennifer Millis - Cello
Hope Baker - Clarinet, Aux Percussion

Additional Musicians -
Elisa Cox - Violin
Clay White - Saw, Trumpet
Ivy White - French Horn
Jeff Stuart Saltzman - Marxophone
Edd Kerr - Electric Guitar, Banjo
Group Vocals: Kevan Chandler, Caleb and Meagan Hunter, Kim Bazel, Anna Bosovich, Luke Carson

Saturday, August 30, 2014

“Wolf” by Mammals – A Song Review

     Mammals is the pseudonym of Guy Brown, but the band also includes Nathaniel Joyce and Jake Fondleworthy.Brown identifies his hometown as Manly, Australia. He is now located in Sydney. If pressured to associate a single genre with Mammals, the best response would certainly be electronica. Still, Mammals will step outside of the genre, as in “Wolf,” a song that was inspired by the death of a friend.
     “Wolf” begins acoustically – not a typical start for someone with the processing skills of Guy Brown. An electric guitar and a kick drum enter at the 0:31 mark. However, it’s not electronica, even after the vocals undergo significant processing a short while later. If your tastes are similar to ours, you’ll agree that the first two minutes are enjoyable. Then, at the 2:09 mark, “Wolf” becomes blogworthy. The Soundcloud waveform visualizes the steady energy increase. At 2:48 a Rock guitar takes the focus, but a “cleaner” guitar, the drums and some electronica play a cooperative role.
     “Wolf” by Mammals

     “Codeine Eyes” by Mammals