March 02, 2007

Let You In

The Walkmen

So, I’ve come back off an amazing holiday in the South Island of New Zealand. During the travels, my iPod managed to break itself (seriously, I took it out of my pocket and there’s a big hole in the screen) in Christchurch so I’m mourning it’s loss and now having to use my phone as a rather tentative mp3 player. This means I’ve gotta choose an optimum playlist of songs that I could listen to on repeat or have done and will do. On doing this, I found a lot of brilliant tracks not found on albums or by bands who just aren’t recognised.

The Recoys were a New York band that split to join members of Jonathan FireEater and eventually become the powerhouse known as The Walkmen. They’re a lot less known than JFE (although to be honest, I barely know either) but after hearing this song, I was sold instantly on the Recoys.

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s just explodes out of the blocks from the get-go and doesn’t let up for the whole song or maybe the cute little ooh-ohh backing vocals, the whole overdriven lead guitar sound that’s so lo-fi it hurts (in a good way) or just the way Hamilton Leithauser delivers the lines ’...the cocktails made me a little forgetful… Oh!’.

The Recoys – Let You In MP3 Expired
[buy The Rekoys LP+3 here]

The whole reason I delved into The Recoys was because the Walkmen have an uncanny knack for writing simple but off-kilter pop tunes that throw you from their usual output. We’ve Been Had kicks off with a piano line that calls your favourite ice cream van down the street and stays for the duration, washing layers of keys over you until the van toddles off around the block, and Hamilton croons ‘sometimes I’m just happy I’m older’. A guitar joins in late at the party trying to make as much racket as possible before the song fades and you sigh in contentedness like when you’ve just bought a big whipped cream cone…

Sometimes I’m just happy listening to these songs.

The Walkmen – We’ve Been Had MP3 Expired
[buy Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone]


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