this is a band I should I have posted *ages* ago. (back when I posted Agna Moraine’s Autobiography.) My Own Pine Box are a quite unique band. despite not being popular at all back in the day, they play a sort of mellow and pretty emo that everyone loves nowadays. it’s generally quite upbeat with intricate guitar work and vocal harmonies. essentially this is a very common style of emo that has been played to death, and there are hundreds of bands doing it. however, few of them do it with such poising grace as My Own Pine Box. unlike, let’s say, Cap’n Jazz, they are a poignant, and have a uniform motion. but they still have a floating quality, and are generally very chest-tap-friendly. most songs are around two minutes long. they go very well together, but have definite unique qualities. if I had to compare them to any other bands I might pick Agna Moraine’s Autiobiography. they sound quite like a much more mellow continuation of that stuff. in any event My Own Pine Box has a fairly unique take on the emo genre, one that I find difficult to pinpoint. just check it out for yourself.
archive for May, 2011
Beau Navire’s curse is that they’ll always be compared to their members ex-bands. and that’s quite simply because Beau Navire often sounds like the beautiful dwelling of iwrotehaikusaboutcannibalisminyouryearbook crescendoing into Loma Prieta. if that description is appealing to you, you’ll love Beau Navire. if it sounds like shit, you’ll hate Beau Navire. obviously and thankfully there’s more to Beau Navire than that, but that’s definitely an okay way to describe the fundamental sound here. but like haikus, Beau Navire has a distinct atmosphere that separates them from everyone else. and even though the core sound is so easily described, each individual track has its own unique identity. Beau Navire do something completely different but equally amazing on each and every song. so despite that the core sound is in all fairness simple enough, let me assure you that the song structures are not. each song feels like a magical journey of emotion and passion, each journey different than the previous. I can’t pick out “the best songs”, because this whole album is a journey in itself. everything belongs together. everything needs to be precisely like this. everything is perfect.
Traluma were a relatively obscure band that existed from 1995 and up until their bassist’s death in 1999. they are sort of hard to describe, which is quite fitting, since it’s fairly difficult to really pick up and justly appreciate just how awesome some of the stuff that’s going on with this band is. they’re not like everyone else. they’re not like *anyone* else. Traluma sort of have two “bottom layers”. one is sort of dexterous math rock with twinkly guitars and an eerie feeling comparable to maybe the more hypnotic tracks by Owls, Fugazi and Lungfish. the other is like Gauge or Still Life’s From Angry Heads With Skyward Eyes. a raw emo sound with distorted punk rock riffs and raspy vocals. these two starting points often mend together as well. and like that Still Life record does, Traluma break habit to give way for some of the most beautiful music you’ve ever heard, completely transcending the eerie math rock hypnosis, or the the forceful punk rock drive, or the whatever, to let their devastatingly honest self shine at its most vulnerable, creating some absolutely magic moments in the process. and they do this like Still Life, Indian Summer, Jeromes Dream et. al. do it. i.e. they do not overuse their vulnerable qualities. a lot of bands do this and end up coming off as formulaic at best, contrived at worst. these truly inspirational moments work best when saved for just the right time. this discography consists of three seven inches (one of which a split with a really cool band called Nobuhjest) and one twelve inch. this is everything Traluma ever released, and it’s perfect. absolutely perfect.
some of you will remember Lumber Lung completely blowing me away a little while ago. welp, this is their LP! it has all of the songs that appear on the demo, and four completely new tracks. and… I don’t know what to say. this is just perfect. just… buy the LP here: http://lumberlung.wordpress.com/music/ – *now*! lyrics are on that site as well. and just… get this. it’s amazing. if you like emo, you will probably like this, as it is probably one of the best emo LPs *ever*. just… wow.