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July 07, 2010

"Awesome" (vacation re-post)

[Greetings! I'm off on a nearly two week vacation for a family reunion near Rome, Georgia. Normally I let the blog go dark during my vacations, but this time I thought I'd re-post a bunch of good stuff from the early days of this blog, back when I knew all four readers by name. This post is from October 15, 2007.]

Seattle art rock phenomenon "Awesome" is back with their sophomore release, Beehive Sessions, produced by Jon Auer of The Posies. For those who haven't had the benefit of seeing these cats live, "Awesome" is a seven-person outfit that collectively brings to bear an arsenal of guitar, bass, drums, keys, mandolin, violin, theremin, trumpet, accordion, clarinet, banjo, and an assortment of vocals. The result is pleasingly reminiscent of some of the best chamber pop elements of recent Sufjan Stevens, some of the quirkiest art pop elements of Moxy Früvous or They Might Be Giants, and some of the catchiest purely pop elements of Rubber Soul-era Beatles. I thought I'd outgrown "prog rock" but these guys bring tremendous whimsy and creativity to the genre, while at the same time sneaking in some '70s AM radio goodness to the mix; it's hard to describe, but very easy to listen to, so dig these tracks and then grab the CD as fast as you can.

"Awesome" - Telephone
"Awesome" - Anthem

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Posted by Scotto at July 7, 2010 08:00 AM