Monday, June 27, 2005

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Okkervil River

There is a buzz created recently around the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah self-titled and self-released album that is similiar to those of Arcade Fire's Funeral in the last year. I took some time to listen to the songs from this album and my first impressions were quite positive. I could say it's a damn good album, but compared to Funeral it misses a bit of an emotion and diversity that made the Arcade Fire so great. Nevertheless it's worth having it and I can recommend it to everyone.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T | 2

The Okkervil River band's name comes from an obscure Russian story and the album title comes from a song by fallen '60s folk hero Tim Hardin, but the haunting music here is purely the Austin collective's own. Like tour partners the Decemberists and soul mate Alasdair Roberts, Okkervil River deals primarily in dark string instruments and even darker poetry.

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
Check PD for Louis XIV album.
Okkervil River - Live Shows


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