I originally caught Magical Clouds open up fro Grimes in Toronto, just after she was recovering from the strain of SXSW which boosted her profile. I remember thinking that there was something very genuine about their performance and that Devon Walsh’s De Niro Taxi Driver meets Ian Curtis presence was rather demanding. It’s been really encouraging to see them progress since then, though I must admit I feel like if he were to have a typical three piece set up backing him the songs would sound even stronger, still I appreciate that’s not what they’re going for and it’s gripping nonetheless.
Although it’s not technically theirs, I always loved the cover of Pylon’s Cool. Enough to get me hooked on both bands overnight. https://soundcloud.com/dfa-records/cool-cover-by-deerhunter
I think the pitch shifted vocals is how they’re defining this record’s sound. Every track so far seems to have them on one way or another. They obviously know what they’re doing, it’s a little odd, but I respect them for pushing forward with this new playful approach.
What?! No burning Saabs?!
it’s not just me hearing that then.
where can one upvote this?
I’m bored already
Ut oh, you changed you’re adorable avatar, I was becoming attached to that. Now please make like instagram and revert under public pressure (obviously twitter will collapse in outrage).
Yeah sure, there’s minimalist music. I guess I meant their whole thing, which wouldn’t be unique when divided up. I mean it’s usually a compound of different things that make something unique. I guess that’s what I find hard to see elsewhere, but then again I can only speak from what I know of.
Correct maybe I did?
Also, maybe you’re just missing the point?
What you said.
I find it funny people are saying this is boring, because what they’re actually doing is pretty interesting!
Beyond the fact they’ve marketed themselves really well, the musical avenues explored on this record are pretty impressive considering how much they work with. Even then, I’d say this record does give a lot, and what it holds back is even better. First strategically, it’s great they’re not being predictable or exhausting their ideas, every moment is timed and appreciated in small doses rather than playing up to ‘radio friendly advertising music’. Secondly this is also a respectable move, after seeing two of their shows this summer in which the noisy crowd overshadowed the minimal delicacy of their sound, it’s almost like they’re counteracting that experience and causing you to listen up instead.
Maybe this is me being too ignorant, but I don’t know any bands out there that are doing what the xx are doing? In some ways I feel like their setting tone for a lot of music to come.