Teeth-rottingly good bubblegum pop. Says Spin magazine of the band, "If Wes Anderson ever cottoned on to (The Bicycles) swooning chamber pop--which draws from the Kinks and the Beach Boys--he'd soak his scarf with tears of joy."
"What I hope is transferred to the listener of my music is a certain depth. I think the depth that I am really speaking of is that we as human beings are the artistic process here on the planet, as individuals, groups, countries and as a global experience. What we create and think of as our artistic outpouring, be it music, the painted art, a sculpture or just a beautiful dinner that we might create for somebody, are really metaphors or hieroglyphics for the depth of our own participation in the moments that we create them. I hope that this depth creates a context for other people to experience deeper things inside of themselves." - Michael Stearns
Spacey, melodic, droning, electronic ambience- takes you on a trip. Genius.
*while you're at it check out Baraka. Scored by Michael Stearns and directed by cinematographer Ron Fricke it is definitely one of the most beautiful, powerful and awe-inspiring films you will ever see.
In lieu of posting an album today (not like anyone's even reading this anyway), I will inform you of this great annual music/arts festival in my hometown- Sappyfest...
Let the informing begin:
"SappyFest is a little independent music festival produced annually in partnership with the Ok.Quoi?! Contemporary Arts Festival, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. This will be our fourth offering. The festival takes place July 31 - August 2, 2009, in Sackville, New Brunswick, the centre of our universe.
Now a registered non-profit organization, SappyFest Incorporated, the festival was founded in 2006 by the good people of Sappy Records, Julie Doiron, Jon Claytor and Paul Henderson. At the time it seemed like a more feasible way to get all our friends together than a wedding, and certainly more fun than releasing records into the ether.
We still don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re fooling more and more people each year. Hope you can make it out." -- via sappyrecords.com
It's a great little festival filled with some great East Coast Canadian music as well as bands from far reaches of the globe. Past performers include of note include Chad VanGaalen, Attack in Black, Eric's Trip, Constantines, Calvin Johnson (of Beat Happening fame), Mount Eerie, and Miracle Fortress. This year boasts old favourites, banjo songster Old Man Luedecke, Mathias Kom's parlour pop outfit The Burning Hell, songstress Julie Doiron and the always entertaining and energetic live performances of B.A. Johnston, as well as some newer, more established acts like Destroyer, Mount Eerie, Wintersleep, Women and relative newcomers to the indie pop world, Clues.