is the best new band I've heard in years, hands-down. They're an American rock band best known for the excellent Good Day
video and the cult Albino Blacksheep hit Banana Man
. They've released two albums, each masterpieces; the first one is exuberant
and, sometimes, utterly cryptic
, while the second is stripped down but astonishingly contemplative
and even spiritual
, easily one of the best-written
pop albums I've ever heard. If you're in the mood for something smart and warm and wonderful, there're...
...a few other songs I think you'd really enjoy.
From the first album, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
Spring and a Storm
, which is the only children's song I know of that describes having an existential crisis;
, which is funky and has some great harmonies and breaks out into full-on musical theater in the end;
13/Ruler of Everything
, which is both the darkest and the silliest song on the album, and here's where I mention that all their music videos were directed by one of Tally Hall's band members;
and Two Wuv
, which seems cheesy at first but wait till the chorus!
From their second, Good & Evil
, which combines so many beautiful lush sounds it's almost uncanny;
You & Me
, a single whose lyrics are unexpectedly deep and whose structure is unexpectedly compact (pay attention to how the chorus mutates);
, quiet and haunting;
, a tender and earnest love song;
and the closer, Fate of the Stars
, which brings the band's output to date to a magnificent, powerful conclusion.
Plus, a few bonus songs
Their cover of Just a Friend
, with which they end their shows;
a live cover of Pure Imagination
, which I think perfectly suits them;
and their hit Good Day performed in Simlish
for one of the the Sims 2 expansion soundtracks.
I'm so glad you even really truly came!