Monday, February 27, 2012
Said The Whale Climbs Little Mountain
Said the Whale is an interesting proposition of a band, I don't think I've really heard anyone so successfully meld quirk with depression so well but that's exactly what this five piece have done. Sounding something like The Decemberists colliding with a broken heart, Said the Whale write indie rock that's slightly twee and oddly technical but still very listenable. Their album, Little Mountain is a folksy homey record that mixes art and love together to create a welcoming atmosphere of pop.
While they occasionally playing more instruments than it sound’s possible Little Mountain never loses its accessibility or pop sensibility. This is quite a nice album that lilts its way across songs and gently massages its hooks into your consciousness. Said the Whale, despite the name, are not overbearing in their approach and instead utilize horns, multipart harmonies, some pretty good drumming, and a sense of innocence to work their magic and win you over. This is art pop supreme and it's all done very subtly and very well.
The songs on Little Mountain sound like stories and their whimsical and nearly twee approach is awesome. This is the sound of innocence and love and it's fantastic. Creating a sweeping setting in which to stage their songs, Said The Whale paint musical pictures with their songs and listening to them is like understanding what the picture means. They're always a bit off center but always very good. I thoroughly enjoyed this record because of it's quirky tendencies and winsome sounds. If you like things slightly homesick and forlorn, then listen to what this Whale says...it's worth it.