Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.
Soul Sides turned me onto Darondo. He’s a Bay Area soul artist from the 70s that put out three 45s and then disappeared until a record nerd hunted him down and got him to release that material plus some spruced up demos.
I have not been able to get enough of this song. It’s got so many good elements to it. The guitar and strings, the background vocals and, of course, Darondo’s vocals.
Added bonus is that he’s playing at the Independent tonight. Reports from his (few) recent gigs are that he’s still got it.
The Conet Project is not only a haunting yet compelling aural survey of Numbers Stations, it’s also a 4CD catalog of one man’s obsession to record, identify and document every instance he could find. While I’m glad I have the physical box set with the booklet, anyone can go to the label’s website and download the whole set gratis. http://irdial.hyperreal.org/
I went into this EP thinking that Winterbirds sounded like Low, which frankly, would be good enough for me. And, to be truthful, there’s two tracks on the EP that really do sound like Low. The guy/girl singing helps, but the overall feel is similar, as well.
Overall, however, their influences lie further afield. “Perfect People” has a much more modern-folk/beardsy feel, both in composition and execution. The banjo is a welcome touch. “The thing we will forget” goes the other direction, into more recent indie-rock, sounding like a Pedro the Lion song sung by a married couple. The 1/8th note-strums on the guitars, the low-in-the-mix crashing cymbals during the chorus, it’s all there. There’s a weird drum fill at about 4:05 that warms my heart – it’s clearly a mistake, but it completely works, and I’m glad they used the take.