Monday, January 15, 2007

New Music

I love the Internet. I love mp3 files. I love music blogs and MySpace and the Hype Machine and yes I love Itunes. I love them all because on any given day I can discover great songs floating in the Internet ether (or on my desktop) just waiting for me to listen to them.
The other day, as I sat at my desk eating lunch and browsing through my Itunes, I came across "Walk In the After Light" by a band called Nobody and the Mystic Chords of Memory, from their album, "Tree Colored See." I had no memory of downloading the song and no memory of where I downloaded it from (although it was probably Motel de Moka.) I liked the name, so I clicked on it, and a glorious pop song, half Moby Grape, half Stone Roses, with ringing guitars, Beatle-esque harmonies and an undertone of anxiety filled my office.

That evening, my wife and I had some friends over for dinner, and I had my Itunes set on Yuppy Shuffle: shuffle-at low-volume-so as-not-to-get-in-the-way-of-conversation. All of a sudden my friend, a musician with excellent taste, interrupted our conversation about the pain of quitting smoking, to ask what was playing. I had to strain my ears because the volume was so low. It was a lovely, guitar-based instrumental, almost but not quite blues, almost but not quite folk music. I had to look at my computer, because I didn't recognize the song. It was a song called "Play Delicate, Desire Quiet," by Grace Cathedral Park, from the album, "In the Evenings of Regret." Again, I have no memory of downloading the song, nor do I remember listening to it previously. But, as with Mystic Chords of Memory, discovering the song felt like the opening of a whole new world with unlimited potential.
Nobody and the Mystic Chords of Memory - Walk In the After Light
Grace Cathedral Park - Play Delicate, Desire Quiet

"Tree Colored See" and "In the Evenings of Regret" are both available from


joe said...

yeah i fell in love with mystic chords of memory about two years ago, though i love their collaboration with DJ Nobody there's just this lovely charm to their debut album that doesn't translate as well onto Tree Colored See.

Dntel's new album in April has a track with them (If you're not familiar with Dntel he is the DJ half of the Postal Service)

Interesting History Lesson for you on that one, but Dntel and Chris Gunst (Mystic Chords singer) were together in their first slightly succesfull project, Strictly Ballroom, in the late 90's.

It was a hardcore band!

I'm glad you enjoy their music as much as I do.

Robin said...

Joe, thanks for the comment and the info, I'll definitely check out the Dntel track. (And Strictly Ballroom.)