Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Funeral

Working on whittling down my list of albums of the decade, there are obviously going to be albums that don't make the list, but which contain individual songs that would make my songs of the decade list if I had the inclination and time to make such a list (I don't).

One such song would be "The Funeral" by Band Of Horses. Taken from their 2007 debut album Everything All The Time, "The Funeral", for me, is a perfectly written, perfectly executed song.

Continuing my recent attempts of writing about covers that I like, this is the perfect place to mention Canadian singer Serena Ryder's paired down version of the "The Funeral", a cover that takes the song somewhere else, while maintaining the essence of this fine composition.

MP3: Band Of Horses - The Funeral (Courtesy of Sub Pop)
MP3: Serena Ryder - The Funeral

Band Of Horses on Myspace
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Previously on SOTR: All I Want To Do Is Turn Around...

Mountain Man

My favorite new musical discovery is Mountain Man, which is the the best accompaniment I have found for the onset of winter. The band make intimate, harmony based, sad folk songs that are as fragile as the falling leaves outside my window.

Mountain Man is three girls from Vermont, Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle, and Alex Sauser-Monnig, who recorded their self-titled album over the course of two sessions in 2009, one in January and the other in May. The album is available via Bandcamp with a 7" released promised soon via Open Face Records.

MP3: Mountain Man - White Heron
MP3: Mountain Man - Animal Tracks

Mountain Man on Myspace
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