Posts tagged: strings

A.C. Newman – Strings

By , October 9, 2012 10:00 am

My favorite ginger is releasing his third solo album today, entitled Shut Down the Streets on Matador Records. A.C. Newman has always been the driving force behind the New Pornographers‘, the more straitlaced pop scholar to Dan Bejar’s crazy, off-kilter firebrand, and his solo work has always polished those pop instincts, oftentimes more contemplative and bucolic than his work with the New Pornos. Shut Down the Streets is probably his most mellow work yet, working in a wider palette of sounds and instruments than usual and keeping things at a steady, pastoral midtempo for much of the record. “Strings” is a perfect example, weaving slowly up through that plucked melody and booming percussion and some always welcome harmonies from fellow New Porno Neko Case, all accompanying a melody that keeps rising to a fulfilling, horn-drenched apex.

A.C. Newman – “Strings”

Ra Ra Riot – Boy/Kansai

By , August 17, 2010 8:00 am

I didn’t even know Ra Ra Riot were releasing a new album until last week, but The Orchard, which drops next Tuesday, has pretty much all I’ve been listening to the past week. It’s a more cerebral affair than their Vampire Weekend-esque debut, pushing those fine ladies rocking the strings to the front of the mix and generally making some pretty well-crafted, thought-out tunes. “Boy” was released online a couple of weeks ago and is a pretty fantastic, upbeat single, but “Kansai” is a more apt indicator of what the band was going for. Of course, both are awesome.



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