Monday, August 08, 2011

Tiny Ruins, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Mister Heavenly

Tiny Ruins – Some Were Meant for Sea

Beautiful, delicate folk songs.  I love her voice.  It’s perfect for this style.  She reminds me a lot of Marissa Nadler, which is never a bad thing.  And, like Nadler, this feels like a really good album to listen to on a cold day.  Hopefully those days will be here soon.

Rating: 4/5
Favorite track: "Death of a Russian"

I heard this band on a new Heineken commercial, and I really liked their sound.  Kind of old-timey, but modernized.  So I tracked down their album and gave it a listen.  I like it.  There are times when the songs kind of bleed together, as they don’t really deviate from their style, but still…it works.  I don’t like all the songs, but I like enough of the songs to enjoy the album.  It’s kind of a ragtime-meets-70s-lounge-meets-Gorillaz sound…if that makes any sense.

Rating: 3/5
Favorite track: "The Golden Age"

Mister Heavenly – Out of Love

They describe their sound as “doom-wop”, and it makes perfect sense.  Mister Heavenly is comprised of Honus Honus (of Man Man), Joe Plummer (of Modest Mouse) and Nicholas Thorburn (of Islands and The Unicorns), which makes them a super-group of sorts (their touring bassist is Michael Cera, but he doesn’t play on the album).  Their sound is rooted in the vocal/musical style of doo-wop, but infinitely darker.  It’s an interesting sound.  There are enough good (and catchy) songs to make this a good listen.  It was a great listen on a dreary, rainy day like today.

Rating: 3/5
Favorite track: "Pineapple Girl"

1 comment:

The Storyteller said...

very interesting