I have previously posted on husband&wife (yes, there is no space in the band name – it is like its one word) and I have been advised that today (Jan. 29th) there will be an appearance from h&w on the indie hit-maker Daytrotter. This is exciting, I think the new album (due on Feb. 24th – mark your calendar) entitled “Dark Dark Woods” is going to be a must have.
You get 11 tracks of mellow indie soundscape. I say soundscape as there is an aura created on the album that flows through most, if not all of the songs. I am one to not use flash and diversion in my music listening. I enjoy my jams to be straight forward, honest and the type of music that creates an atmosphere. You have it in spades with their newest album. I know I compared h&w to Death Cab for Cutie in the aforementioned post and I think it can hold up, if you think of Transatlanticism-era Death Cab. More so the title track from the DCFC album created this melancholic and immense sound – both introspective and all encompassing. I find this the thread that joins the two for me.
Stand out tracks from the album are “Comp Jam”, “England Lives” (personal favourite), “Thanks For Understanding” and “Haven’t Got A Friend”. As with most albums, there are moments where my vision strays from the album – songs like “I Got Fat” create a more “Indie-pop” feel with use of horns and a snappy(er) bass line. They then follow that up with some almost alt-rock leanings on “Red Cross Fever” and it works! Overall, this is a solid album and comes recommended from yours truly. Whether you are pining for the new girl/guy in class, cleaning the apartment on the weekend, cruising around Friday night looking for a place to crash – this album has something that could back your every move.
My previous post included a couple of songs in video form and I include the last of the 3 Vimeo performances here for “Thanks For Understanding” – this is where I hear DCFC – check it below:
The above video is a live performance in the studio of Community Access Television Services Incorporation in which I posted two more on my previous post. Enjoy a couple of tracks from the album below.