Sunday, October 12, 2008

DM Stith! A Welcome Break From Political Mumbo Jumbo

As I write this, I am listening to David's soon to be released Heavy Ghost. I can confidently say that this is easily one of the most interesting and yet listenable recordings I've ever heard. And for those of you who know me well, I don't blow smoke. It is in league with Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective in terms of experimentation but the conventional notion of a song is not lost in all the sonic playfulness. David is, after all, a fan of Randy Newman. That is the good news.

The bad news is that the disc won't be available for a few months, early 2009 says

Yet the other good news is the label is releasing a teaser EP of five other songs, Curtain Speech. AK's announcement of the EP release is here. You'll notice that some of it was recorded in Holland, Michigan. David confirmed that he started working on "Just Once" in our guest bedroom when it was still painted with pink and purple squares. The room was hideously decorated by previous owners to accomodate their little girl. Whether or not the color combination inspired the song, only David knows.

You can download "Just Once" and read a brief review at the infamous and notoriously cynical pitchforkmedia site. Browse the rest of that site at your own risk. It'll either introduce you to a whole new world of trendy records and be a fun adventure or it will make you feel like an idiot.

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