Friday, August 12, 2005

Friday Musical Poop Shoot

This collection is taken from Party Shuffle of my Cube's iTunes library, therefore is enriched for songs I generally think are worth keeping around, but completely randomly.

1. Where Does Yer Go Now - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
One of the strong tracks from their best CD in my opinion, How I long to Feel That Summer in my Heart, this song has sentimentality, sweetness, and longing. It is also beautifully arranged musically with beautiful interludes of piano, banjo, bells, and perhaps even theremin. 9/10

2. Souvenirs - Patrick Wolf
A very nice understated melody. This song came from the EW Listen-to-this list, and I sure am glad that I did. There is beautiful guitar work accompanying and contrasting the singing. This song reminds me of something that Kings of Convenience would write, except without the harmonizing. The song does drag a little, but it's quite lovely. 8/10

3. Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
This track ended up on my computer via the Magnolia soundtrack, but of course I have the original CD as well. This is just a great song, irrespective of your feelings about Supertramp. It has the good rhythmic piano, the 70s falsetto, and some of the best rhyming couplets ever put together. Sweet devotion. 10/10

4. In the Devil's Territory - Sufjan Stevens
Perhaps one of the songs that benefits most from a great title. I think this is one of the most haunting tracks from the incredibly strong Seven Swans. It begins purely instrumentally with banjo and piano setting a haunting and striving mood. The lyrics being simple and non-threatening, but the music tells a different story, and shortly we realize that something sinister is afoot. Talk of dragons and death complicate the simple desire of one man to be with his love. The song builds beautifully and complexly. It's such a great work. 10/10

5. Bicycle Rider - Beach Boys
This version is taken from the bootlegs and is purely instrumental except for some harmonizing at the end. Most of this theme ends up in Roll Plymouth Rock in the end, but the music tells a hybrid between Heroes and Villains and Do you like Worms? It's a cute interlude, but not really worthy of its own spot on the final SMiLE. 8.5/10

6. Grey - Simian
This song sounds very British. It would be very much at home on a Doves or Elbow CD, probably more so than on its resident CD, Chemistry is What we Are. It's still creatively arranged and interesting. But not great. 7/10

7. Cupid's Trick - Elliott Smith
Not one of the better tracks for Either/Or this song doesn't seem to have the right balance of pain and defiance. At times, it almost comes across as whiny during the 'It's my life' refrains. It also drags a little. It would be a very good song on most CDs, but on this one, it's a lowlight. 7/10

8. Ya Leil - Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Steven's first effort, A Sun Came, is evidence that he was not musically perfect from the get go. This song is just not good. It tries to use Indian influenced instruments and lyrics to create a mood, but the mood is one of suckiness. Actually the sound of the instruments is kind of cool, but the music doesn't go anywhere. I don't like listening to this track for more than a minute or two. 5.5/10

9. Grow a new Heart - Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
This is a good slow lazy song. It is sparesely arranged with good use of slide guitar, and bittersweet lyrics. I don't know why it isn't amazing and instead is just solid. But a very good kind of solid. 8/10

10. Song for Kelly Huckaby - Death Cab for Cutie
Taken from the almost unknown Forbidden Love EP, this track has most of the good qualities of early DCFC music. Great melody and yearning sense. It almost rocks a little, but not quite. The lyrics are clever and cynical, just like DCFC used to be. How I miss them. 8.5/10