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this record rules. indie rock band with kinda perfectly serrated vocals. they're on saddle creek?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yiuFlp7FJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na1DoYNnQO8

vox kinda make me think of alt-universe Kathleen Edwards, which I dig.

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Saturday, 25 April 2015 22:17 (seven years ago) link

right? her voice is incredible

this is the record i've listened to most this year

streaming here: http://www.stereogum.com/1798332/stream-hop-along-painted-shut/mp3s/

Digging this after 1 run through. Great stuff.

Fatalist AmandaPalmistry (irrational), Thursday, 30 April 2015 18:45 (seven years ago) link

pr cool

Bookmark No Bingus Permalink (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:31 (seven years ago) link

Kathleen Edwards and Paramore

Bookmark No Bingus Permalink (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:47 (seven years ago) link

kinda wonder if lex would like or hate this

Bookmark No Bingus Permalink (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:49 (seven years ago) link

actually, I get a The Long Winters vibe from some of this

Bookmark No Bingus Permalink (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:55 (seven years ago) link

'Texas Funeral' is fucking awesome

Bookmark No Bingus Permalink (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 May 2015 00:41 (seven years ago) link

none of this is gonna happen to me

definitely hear the long winters who i could stand to hear in more music

On this latest listen to "Hoseshoe Crabs" I realized her voice (and vocal melodies) also remind me a bit of Vedder

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Monday, 4 May 2015 17:17 (seven years ago) link

I don't really see the Long Winters in it (but agree there could happily be more Long Winters in music, I miss em) but I'm sure when I give a listen next I won't be able to not think about that filter.

Fatalist AmandaPalmistry (irrational), Monday, 4 May 2015 19:03 (seven years ago) link

i guess i just sort of hear it in the song structures, they're sort of quietly odd even as they function as straightforward indie rock

yes, quietly odd. the verse melodies in particular evoke When I Pretend to Fall, which is a good thing for me.

Sufjan Grafton, Monday, 4 May 2015 20:41 (seven years ago) link

NPR piece

Brad C., Tuesday, 5 May 2015 12:33 (seven years ago) link

really recommend seeing them live, they were incredible last night. played basically every song off the new one

two weeks pass...

this just clicked for me, really good

ciderpress, Saturday, 23 May 2015 18:58 (six years ago) link

I really can't get enough of the sounds on this album, but the lyrics don't always grab me, e.g. on 'Waitress.' but that's fine. it's still really good.

Mr. Murphy in the wine bar. (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 24 May 2015 01:02 (six years ago) link

'i saw my twin' is my fav

ciderpress, Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:02 (six years ago) link

the lyrics are all great though! *argues*

ha, I'd be happy to read a case for that! It would only enhance my daily listening of this album.

Mr. Murphy in the wine bar. (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00 (six years ago) link

I like this album a lot, too. "Serrated" is a great description of the singer's voice. At first I thought her voice was all this band had going for it, but I'm starting to like the guitar playing on this too. The writing, to me, seems almost there, to the point were I think their next album could be truly great.

I will admit that, by the end of the album, the Rilo Kiley affectations (loud shout-y part followed by a single very quiet word) started to grate on me a little. Still, a very interesting band, I think. Anyone heard any of their earlier stuff? How does it rate?

Wimmels, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:00 (six years ago) link

ha, I'd be happy to read a case for that! It would only enhance my daily listening of this album.

i think she's just very very good at telescoping in on small moments. she shows but doesn't tell. almost nothing happens in "waitress" and what does happen is probably meaningless but the way the protagonist processes the dread of being recognized is just very very rich. also "i call you enemy cause I’m afraid of what you could call me / the world’s gotten so small and embarrassing" is such a great line

the songs on here that are basically straight biographies of actual people are really impressive imo, bc she inhabits their perspective so deeply. from "horseshoe crabs," about jackson c. frank:

woke from the dream and i was old
staring at the asscrack of dawn
walk these streets up and down
looking for paul simon
all i found was myself lost in time
i tried singing my songs but i lost my mind

Anyone heard any of their earlier stuff? How does it rate?

get disowned is a great record but the songs are way more discursive, and as you get further back into the hop along, queen ansleis stuff the songs get more and more fractured. i really think everything came together on painted shut

one month passes...

I had avoided this bc I hate pretty much everything Ian Cohen reviews positively but it's pretty good. Makes me think of Tanya Donnelly bands for some reason.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 16:39 (six years ago) link

mike powell reviewed it

Oh. Maybe I'm confused because Cohen wrote the blurb for the Overlooked Records feature. I had slotted Hop Along with the nu-emo/pop-punk stuff that seems to be Cohen's beat.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 17:10 (six years ago) link

lol i also first heard of this record through emo/pop-punk channels

one month passes...

Can't stop listening to this record, her voice is so amazing, cuts straight to the bone

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Sunday, 9 August 2015 22:24 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

Saddle Creek quietly had a pretty good year

Evan R, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:47 (six years ago) link

i revisited this record last week and it is still stunning

ditto. Played it for a (indie rocker) friend who hadn't heard it, he loved it too.

not sure why this band didn't blow up (or do the 2015 equivalent of blowing up)

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 20 November 2015 20:37 (six years ago) link

A FORTY FIVE

j., Friday, 20 November 2015 20:39 (six years ago) link

8:45 a.m.*

good alb

flopson, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:34 (six years ago) link

haha oh is that what she sez

i am just gonna keep imagining that part is about records somehow

j., Friday, 20 November 2015 22:16 (six years ago) link

this album

ciderpress, Thursday, 3 December 2015 16:00 (six years ago) link

i've had a very BradNelson year

ciderpress, Thursday, 3 December 2015 16:01 (six years ago) link

we ALL WILL remember things

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Thursday, 3 December 2015 17:06 (six years ago) link

brad = 2013-2015 ilm mvp imo and we should like to take the opportunity to thank him for being so

Tim F, Thursday, 3 December 2015 19:20 (six years ago) link

agreed

the grimes of claire boucher ('90s on) (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 December 2015 05:10 (six years ago) link

so, uh, thank you, Brad

the grimes of claire boucher ('90s on) (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 December 2015 05:11 (six years ago) link

Saw them at Bowery Ballroom last night and they brought the house down.

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Sunday, 13 December 2015 22:47 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

brad = 2013-2015 ilm mvp imo and we should like to take the opportunity to thank him for being so

― Tim F, Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:20 PM (nine months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

This is the best album ever thx brad

flopson, Friday, 16 September 2016 17:51 (five years ago) link

BradNelson mvp voters plz go listen to Pinegrove's Cardinal

alpine static, Friday, 16 September 2016 17:53 (five years ago) link

check out pinegrove and also the big thief record. neither are as good as this one but they come close

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 September 2016 17:59 (five years ago) link

can we poll album threads started by BradNelson 2013-2016

flopson, Friday, 16 September 2016 18:17 (five years ago) link

most anticipated thing ever

flopson, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:07 (four years ago) link

hoping for an NPR stream next week

― Simon H., Thursday, March 22, 2018 1:07 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ask and ye shall receive

lowercase (eric), Monday, 2 April 2018 13:57 (four years ago) link

hell yes

Simon H., Monday, 2 April 2018 13:58 (four years ago) link

"somewhere a judge" is so good

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 2 April 2018 14:55 (four years ago) link

god she works miracles with that voice. Somehow she makes it sound beautiful and elegant even even during the parts of these songs that would customarily call for more braying or over dramatic delivery... Seems like a small thing, but it puts such a different spin on these songs. Like, so much of this music is usually about the sensation of spiraling out of control, but she reverses that script. This is sooooooooo good, one of the best things I've heard this year.

Evan R, Monday, 2 April 2018 14:57 (four years ago) link

i'm not sure if there's a run as great as the first three songs on painted shut but it might be more consistent? "look of love" is kind of astounding

lowercase (eric), Monday, 2 April 2018 15:00 (four years ago) link

album feels less like a step forward from painted shut than a step sideways but i'm not complaining

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 2 April 2018 15:00 (four years ago) link

There's a loose, session-y vibe to these songs that reallllllly flatters her. Like "Fox in Motion" and "One That Suits Me" make me thing she could hit the park out of a Memphis album if she wanted to

Evan R, Monday, 2 April 2018 15:03 (four years ago) link

for sure, she's so good at gliding through the cracks in the music (and in her voice), and that'll probably clarify itself even more when less compressed audio is available

maybe i wish there were more moments of melodic drift like on "what the writer meant"

lowercase (eric), Monday, 2 April 2018 15:08 (four years ago) link

that's probably my favorite song but honestly every song has at least a moment or two that knocks the breath out of me

Evan R, Monday, 2 April 2018 15:13 (four years ago) link

fox in motion -> one that suits me -> what the writer meant

^^^ that's the stuff

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 2 April 2018 15:15 (four years ago) link

That's the stretch to beat. Like, on any album this year. Fucking remarkable.

Evan R, Monday, 2 April 2018 15:18 (four years ago) link

the guitar playing is on another level this time

lowercase (eric), Monday, 2 April 2018 15:23 (four years ago) link

First three tracks on this are nice but once the album hits "Not Abel" it takes off and doesn't look back, just one high after another. Wasn't expecting to get Nina Nastasia vibes from this but some of those strings are transcendent

Evan R, Monday, 2 April 2018 18:07 (four years ago) link

this is a good album but going forward anyone who comments on her voice should be obligated to make a similar comment about the equally noteworthy dude of pretty much any indie rock dude because for christ's sake, you'd think she sounded like diamanda galas instead of a slightly more rough jenny lewis

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 6 April 2018 15:38 (four years ago) link

I.....do not think the average indie rock vocalist, male or female, is equally noteworthy/distinctive, and I listen to an embarrassing amount of contemporary indie rock. it's not just the sound of her voice, it's her phrasings and lyrics, too.

Simon H., Friday, 6 April 2018 15:45 (four years ago) link

like is it sexist more generally that male voices don't receive as much scrutiny, yeah, but I don't know how you can write about these guys and not bring up the subject

Simon H., Friday, 6 April 2018 15:48 (four years ago) link

I generally enjoy J@yson Greene's reviews, but I'm not hearing Rod Stewart here – yet.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 April 2018 15:52 (four years ago) link

yeah that review was good, this isn't subtweeting it, it's just every single piece I've read

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:30 (four years ago) link

i idk why i'm so mean each time i come to visit

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:32 (four years ago) link

drummer in this band is so good that i miss him when he's not playing

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:34 (four years ago) link

i find her vocals way more interesting than diamanda galas tho

flopson, Friday, 6 April 2018 18:43 (four years ago) link

although tbh the best thing i've _read_ about it is the word 'serrated' in the op of this thread

flopson, Friday, 6 April 2018 18:47 (four years ago) link

not ready to say whether this is better than painted shut, but it's certainly excellent, some curveball productions and the band has improved to the point that frances can save her more dramatic vocals for the most emotional parts of the song. tho i do kind of miss her softLOUDsoft acrobatics.

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:19 (four years ago) link

scratch "productions," write "arrangements" instead

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:19 (four years ago) link

"one that suits me" just kills me

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:00 (four years ago) link

this album sounds great!

niels, Saturday, 7 April 2018 10:03 (four years ago) link

I think "Prior Things" is the standout for me. They have a knack for closers.

Simon H., Saturday, 7 April 2018 10:56 (four years ago) link

Wow the Nina Nastasia vibes are otm

Evan, Saturday, 7 April 2018 16:12 (four years ago) link

one that suits me, somewhere a judge, what the writer meant are the standouts.

also the other songs.

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:53 (four years ago) link

Nina? Ok gotta check this out than silently judge everyone who stans for this but doesn't support the Divine Ms. N

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 8 April 2018 01:40 (four years ago) link

not striking me as as good as painted shut SO FAR but i will persevere

flopson, Sunday, 8 April 2018 02:34 (four years ago) link

Ums it's not overt but I was definitely hearing it at some point midway through the album.

Evan, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:46 (four years ago) link

still digesting this. the singles really pop in the context of the album. i was a little underwhelmed with How Simple when it first came out, but now I really appreciate the melody and i've been singing it to myself since listening to the album this morning. Prior Things is a badass closing song that's gonna kill live, and it's the only song on the record that has a "holy shit" vocal moment like the "common kind" refrain in Waitress" or the chorus of The Knock.

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 April 2018 18:10 (four years ago) link

how can I explain it?
having been seen,
what would that mean?

i can’t explain it,
having been seen!
what would that mean?

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:43 (four years ago) link

at first i was like "this isn't as good as painted shut" but as with that album i cry literally every time i hear it so who can say

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:44 (four years ago) link

new thread imminent

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:50 (four years ago) link

it would be fun if it included a poll imo

Simon H., Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:52 (four years ago) link

i thought it might be too early, but i'll set the date for a few months from now!

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:53 (four years ago) link

+1

Simon H., Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:54 (four years ago) link

we need a painted shut poll tho

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:01 (four years ago) link

hop along: bark your head off, dog

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:03 (four years ago) link

also lol i thought about that right before i made the new thread vc

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:05 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

we have a great wanting in common
common common
but none of this is gonna happen to me
none of this is gonna happen to me
within my lifetime!!!!

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 14:40 (two years ago) link

great tune!

cajunsunday, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 18:44 (two years ago) link

this new Frances Quinlan album is beautiful

feels like the opposite of Joanna Newsom's work post-Mender, where by singing more "nicely" she lost (imho) a lot of her transcendental force
Quinlan's never sounded "better," in scare-quotes, but the prettiness of the way she's singing gives these songs a tenderness and openness i appreciate a lot

sean gramophone, Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:41 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

In my 15-odd years of semi-lurking and occasional content-free posting, one of the most consistently rewarding parts of visiting this site is getting to see Brad's enthusiasm and passion for music. So many bands/songs that I probably wouldn't have given a second thought to that have become mandatory listens based on the Brad stamp of approval. :)

Anyway, this record is the latest. "Texas Funeral" in particular. Holy shit. But yeah, also in general, just wanted to say thanks to Brad for being the best stranger on the internet.

cwkiii, Sunday, 1 March 2020 17:14 (two years ago) link

otm.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Sunday, 1 March 2020 17:52 (two years ago) link

agreed.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Monday, 9 March 2020 15:02 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

brad = 2013-2015 ilm mvp imo and we should like to take the opportunity to thank him for being so
otm

In my 15-odd years of semi-lurking and occasional content-free posting, one of the most consistently rewarding parts of visiting this site is getting to see Brad's enthusiasm and passion for music. So many bands/songs that I probably wouldn't have given a second thought to that have become mandatory listens based on the Brad stamp of approval. :)

still listening and loving this band

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 7 May 2022 19:13 (one week ago) link


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