Friday, September 6, 2013

She – Song Reviews

     This is the third in a series of blog entries that review at least two songs with the same title. As noted earlier this week, the first entry of this type was on January 31, 2013, when we reviewed “Pompeii” by Bastille and “Pompeii” by Bear’s Den. It is easy to find songs with the same title, but we are not going to feature songs unless we enjoy listening to them.
     “She” is the song title that is the focus of this blog entry. There are two entries with very little in common. They are from different continents and are within different genres.
     We introduced I Know Leopard to Indie Obsessive yesterday, when the focus was on songs entitled “Embers.” The band is just starting to receive significant attention outside of Australia. The attention is deserved, since they continue to generate quality music. We enjoy “Embers," but have a preference for “She.” To be more thorough, our favorite release by I Know Leopard is “Lalia,” so we are including the song below.
     “She” has many of the song elements that draw us to the U.S. group Lord Huron. Particularly during the first two minutes and twenty seconds, the song depends upon gentle guitars and somewhat distant sounding vocals by more than one band member. Then, around the 2:20 mark, one of the guitars politely steps forward.    
     “She” by I Know Leopard

     “Lalia” by I Know Leopard – currently a free download

     The bus has departed from the peaceful region within “She” and is now headed for the punk-driven region. Wolf Alice is currently ruling this region of “She.”. Unlike the Savages (fellow Londoners), Wolf Alice is not a band that solely relies upon the punk genre. This is not a slam of Savages – we are looking forward to seeing them at the end of September in San Francisco and again in October at the three-day festival in Austin, Texas. But Wolf Alice has a greater versatility, which is demonstrated by comparing the styles of the songs that are included below. Certainly, the song “White Leather” has an approach that is unrelated to that of “She.”
     The members of this London-based band are Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie, and Theo Ellis.
     "She" by Wolf Alice

     "White Leather" by Wolf Alice

     "Blush" by Wolf Alice

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