Mar 5, 2011
It´s about time we dedicated a post to The National, a band from Ohio now based on Brooklyn, which has obtained during last years the acclaim of critics and general public. Their tunes are unpretentious but elegant odes to sadness, melancholy, isolation and obscurity. The low voice of the singer wraps the listener in a dense atmosphere, which is difficult to escape from. Perfect sounds for atumn rainy days.
With their latest album, High Violet, The National has evolved their style towards calmer and quieter shores.
If you look for a definition of their sound, you´ll find in internet epithets like indie-folk, alternative & minimalist. We don´t care about labels; they are what they are, and you may like them or not. The only thing we can say is we see them like magnific architects of sound.
Will you dare cross the gate to their world? Be aware there´s no turning back... you´re warned.
Here is a link to a live performance of Sorrow, one of the saddest but most beautiful songs I´ve ever heard. A gem included in High Violet
Here is a very intimate & beautiful performance of Start a War a tune from Boxer, their album from 2007, which is considered by many people as their best work. This video is available in http://www.blogotheque.net
Mar 2, 2011
Did you know that the vinyl of The Fan & Bellows. A Collection of Classic Early Recording released by Dead Dead Good Records contains a backwards message at the end of Side-B, after Nathan´s Phase song?
The message is, in fact, a small excerpt of the lyrics of Nostalgia sung by Mark Burgess.
The excerpt does not appear in the CD edition.
Here you can listen to the original excerptand then the reversed version: