Month: December, 2012

Mighty Oaks “Driftwood Seat”

This song needed no more than four seconds to convince me it was fantastic. And not only that, in each of those seconds, I can tell you why:

:01 – Deep exhale caught on recording and not removed. I might be alone on this one, but I have always been a fan of the tastefully recorded “rogue breath.” It’s humanizing. And it also makes me think of Jeff Buckley, so there’s that.

:02 – A striking, absolutely lovely mandolin. Not an instrument that’s everywhere – or should be. But it’s perfect here.

:03 – Wonderful intricacy immediately unfolding. It’s at this point you realize you will definitely be listening to this song in full.

:04 – Hmm… this reminds me of something. Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore” anyone?

And if “Driftwood Seat” didn’t convince you quite enough, Mighty Oaks’ bio might seal the deal. Three guys from three different places on the globe (USA, Italy, UK) who just happened to form in Berlin! Now that’s cool.

Wildcat! Wildcat! “Mr. Quiche”

I have been patiently waiting for Wildcat! Wildcat! to release a full length (or even just an EP) for quite sometime, but word on the street is that it won’t happen until 2013. I simply can’t keep it to myself any longer; so therefore, I am pleased to introduce you to “Mr. Quiche.” Quite possibly the best song title of the year…

So much going on in this track! I love the :48 second build up before you just dive straight into the jam. The heavy keyboard repetition really defines “Mr. Quiche.” These guys have an amazing way of capturing attention by slowing the track down, simplifying instrumentation, then hitting the listener hard with a sonic “all-hands-on-deck” feel. It gives the song some serious dimension and keeps ears interested.

Can’t wait to hear more from Wildcat! Wildcat! in the New Year.