Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Early Clue to the New Direction Grows in Brooklyn

Now here's a rarity (alas) -- a brand new song by a young band that pushes all my buttons. In a good way.

From their second full length album Eve, please enjoy the enigmatically monikered Bridges and Powerlines and their (to me, anyway) eccentric yet ineffably haunting "Mirabell."

Who are these guys? From the e-mail I got from them:
We're an indie pop band from Brooklyn..Our one liner: psych-informed, experimental songs with chamber pop strings and horns, gospel-influenced percussion, dense backing vocals, looped guitar riffs and propulsive bass lines. Citing indie forefathers The Zombies and the Elephant 6 Collective as a starting point, teetering on the edge of organization, Eve sounds like it could fall apart at any second, but in a good way. Recorded in the same room as Sufjan Stevens' Illinois with some of the same players, the band tried to cultivate the ghost of Illinois as they made their record.

Sounds about right to me, although I could swear I hear some Smile-era Brian Wilson in there as well. In any case, I suggest you get to Amazon and snag a copy of Eve over here ASAP.

And as per usual, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first reader who twigs "Mirabell"'s relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.