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You should be listening to Band of Horses!

Band of Horses is the indie rock band that was birthed in the fertile musical breeding ground of Seattle, Washington in 2004 and signed to the indigenous Sub Pop Records.  Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke formed the band after the demise of their former band Carissa’s Wierd and the band came to the attention of Sub Pop after opening for Iron & Wine during some Seattle area shows. 

Brooke left the band shortly after the release of their debut album Everything All the Time and began his own band, Grand Archives, which is also signed to Sub Pop.  Currently, Band of Horses, calls South Carolina home and recorded their second album Cease To Begin in the neighboring state of North Carolina. 

Band of Horses Discography:

  • Band of Horses (EP)
  • Everything All the Time
  • Cease To Begin

Band of Horses music has been used in a variety of T.V. shows such as:

  • CSI
  • Chuck
  •  Criminal Minds
  • 90210
  • One Tree Hill
  • Psyche
     

Musically, they have a sound that is comparable to My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes.  This is due, in part, to the use of reverb in their songs and to the hirsute fondness of the lead singers. 

Top 5 Band of Horses Songs:

  1. The Funeral (Everything All the Time)
  2. Marry Song (Cease to Begin)
  3. Is There a Ghost (Cease to Begin)
  4. No One’s Gonna Love You (Cease to Begin)
  5. Window Blues (Cease to Begin)

Their new album Infinite Sadness is due to release in May 2010.

Check out Band of Horses at www.bandofhorses.com

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You should be listening to Fleet Foxes!

Fleet Foxes are a five piece Seattle band that came to light in 2008 with the release of “Sun Giant (EP), which was released on famed Seattle indie label Sub-Pop, and their self titled debut album.  Both releases received critical acclaim.  Despite great reviews in Rolling Stone magazine and other musical press, they were moderately received in the United States but did well in Europe.  With great festival performances in 2008 at SXSW and the Sasquatch Festival, Fleet Foxes gained some national exposure and positive press.  They opened for Wilco shortly after the release of their debut album.

Fleet Foxes combine the retro feel of early pop (The Beach Boys) with the ethereal harmonies of folk.  Their sound is bathed in reverb, multi layered harmonies, and brilliant melodies.  While enjoyable to listen to, it takes a few spins to fully appreciate the dense harmony and the varied acoustic instrumentation that define their sound.  Four part harmony is not uncommon in their songs. 

 Their youth, Robin Peckold, lead singer is 23, belies their sound, in this age of sampled tracks and autotune, it is rich, textured music with lush harmonies and revealing lyrics.

Fleet Foxes Discography

  • Sun Giant (EP)
  • Fleet Foxes

Top 5 Fleet Foxes Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes)
  2. Mykonos (Sun Giant EP)
  3. Your Protector (Fleet Foxes)
  4. English House (Sun Giant EP)
  5. He Doesn’t Know Why (Fleet Foxes) 

Check out Fleet Foxes and let me know what you think.

Fleet Foxes’ music is available is available on iTunes and record stores.

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