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The BIRN Album of the Week:
It’s always refreshing to listen to a well packaged and focused album. Less dance-y than some of Oh Mercy’s older music, “When We Talk About Love,” leaves not much left up to imagination with it’s title. Alexander Gow gives us singer-songwriter with ambient Indie touches, an unapologetic conversation about those loved and lost, an album that is essentially a spectrum of emotions from melancholy to joyful. The first single, “Sandy,” has a chorus nothing short of dreamy. It’s a song about that anxious desire for someone to, “come closer,” to never let them slip out from your fingers again.
Check out the videos for “Sandy” and “Without You” on YouTube.
BIRN Song of the Week #1
“Foolish” by Alpine is an absolutely contagious not-so-guilty pleasure off the brand new album, “Yuck.” But this is not just a pop tune. The Australian six piece band has filled this up with a number of different textures including that classic jaunty string pad, crisp acoustic guitar, and lush harmonies combined with just the right amount of danceability. It’s hook brings to mind some of the music of The Cardigans with an edgy vocal style similar to Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Be sure to check out the video for “Foolish” here.
BIRN Song of the Week #2
Iron Cross is the seventh song on Oh Mercy’s new album, When We Talk About Love. This power ballad combines an acoustic piano and string section, tied together by the haunting tenor vocals of Alex Gow. As a listener you can feel the intensity of his laments. There is a drama to the song that creates a sentimental mood. Oh Mercy is a band from Melbourne, Australia originally started by Gow. The new album was released on June 19th so definitely check it out.
Remember that Kaki King interview? Well check out this amazing live clip from the “birnCORE live” show at Cafe 939 this past April 23rd:
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