Monday, January 02, 2006

Misc. Monday Album (01.02.06)

Artist: Todosantos
Album: Aeropuerto

Briefly: There isn't much I can tell you about this band. I found the album on a message board (thanks, Hipinion!), and while I've found a few mentions in English via Google, everything else is in Spanish. If you haven't figured it out already, it's a Spanish-speaking band, and they're from Venezuela. Unfortunately my Spanish is not very good and I can't find out too much else about them. What I do know is that I like them.

Why?: Fans of the Notwist, Sigur Ros, Joy Division, New Order, the Postal Service, M83, and all things "indietronica" should check this out. At times it sounds like all of them. Sigur Ros-like vocals at times, the glitch-pop of the Notwist and the Postal Service, and the guitars, basslines, and synths not too unlike Joy Division, New Order, and M83. Also, there's a song called "Ian Curtis", but I have no idea what it's about because I have no idea what they're saying. All of these influences sound might suggest the band's sound is scattered but that's not the case; it all blends together quite well.

Whenever I hear something like this, I wonder how much music is being made in other countries that'll never reach my ears.


Click the above link to download the album's first track. Right-click to save/download or just click normally to listen online. You might have to do some heavy-duty internet searching to find the entire album.

Sharpening His Country Teeth

Alec Ounsworth, the lead singer/songwriter for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, seems to be working on a solo album. There are several demo songs available for free download at his website Proving that he's more than a one-trick pony, these new songs are skewed americana and country-tinged folk that evokes everyone from Neil Young to Jeff Mangum. There is also an early version of "Details Of The War" that shows Bob Dylan and Neil Young are probably more primary influences on him than David Byrne.