Friday, March 19, 2010
Forest Swords - Dagger Paths EP
Olde English Spelling Bee, 2010
Another one with a lot of buzz around it from normally hypnagogic stalwarts Olde English Spelling Bee. This is a totally unexpectedly successful hybridization of genres: Boomkat appropriately described this as "Burial gone spaghetti western." David Keenan, which in case people couldn't tell is occasionally completely full of shit, thought this somehow the sound of the English countryside. Which makes sense, in the sense that it takes normally urban dubstep/garage r&b sample modes & minimal beats, puts them through an earthy roots dub filter, and adds Neil Young's Dead Man/ Steven R. Smith-style psychedelic western/country rock guitar tones. But this doesn't make any sense if you've never spent time in southern Arizona like I have, this record just completely sounds like Tucson to me. Unlike any other, nothing quite matches its ghetto+western feel. A great, pure sound that really just works, trust me. Been the only thing I've blasted out of my car window in days.