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Tune of the Week – “These Are The Eyes”

It’s so much easier to get excited about a new band, isn’t it? You see, you’re starting with a blank sheet. You don’t have all those pesky preconceptions and prejudices about the band, their back-catalogue and how their second album …

Thu, Aug 2, 2007, 08:47

   

It’s so much easier to get excited about a new band, isn’t it?

You see, you’re starting with a blank sheet. You don’t have all those pesky preconceptions and prejudices about the band, their back-catalogue and how their second album wasn’t as good as their first one but their third album was kind of better.

But most of all, it’s the thrill of the new. You have no idea where the band are going to go, what they’re going to do or how they’ll sound a year from now. All you have to go on is what you’re hearing right now. I suppose it’s why I keep going back to festivals like SXSW and Eurosonic to check my head. It’s the one part of this gig which never gets boring. In fact, the day I find listening to new music and acts to be a chore is the day I go write press releases for the Green Party.

Which brings us neatly to Bodies of Water. Since I heard them on the excellent Little Radio, I’ve been playing them a bit on the radio show and I keep getting texts asking me who they are, which is a good sign.

Here’s what they have to say for themselves.

The Bodies of Water are a quartet from Los Angeles, CA. They are made up of two men (David & Kyle) and two women (Jessie & Meredith). They play loud, intricate songs and sing very emphatically, usually all at once. They draw from a number of disparate traditions, combining the metaphysical intensity of gospel, the primitive gusto of punk rock, the earnest idiosyncracy of american folk, the sonic inclusiveness of tropicalia, the planned jamming of prog, and the sincere melodrama of musical theatre.

I also like what La Blogotheque had to say about them:

C’est une énorme rumeur qui court après elle-même avec la plus folle des énergies, sans jamais vraiment perdre son souffle.

“These Are The Eyes” is taken from their gorgeous debut album “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink”. It sounds celestial, ancient, euphoric, spiritual and wholly intriguing. The rest of the album is pretty darn special too. Prepare to start swooning.

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