Monday, 10 May 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #19

Band Of Horses – 'Compliments'

When I was younger I listened to hardly any American music, least of all big sounding contemporary rock bands. I heavily favoured British up-beat pop groups and it's only in the past couple of years has this started to change. Since listening to Springsteen I've opened up to The Hold Steady (review of their latest album here), The Gaslight Anthem, The National and now, with their new single Band of Horses.

One of the more subtly catchy singles of the year 'Compliments' perfectly captures a sense of freedom and the open expanse of the sky with its 1970's influenced radio ready rock. Not to say, of course that this is cheesy in any way, it just sounds like it was created by some men with a full face of fuzz and very American record collection.

The slinky guitar works really well with the drums which are rather propulsive. 'Compliments' sounds made for full venues and road journeys, be they day trips and festivals or darkened gigs and night drives through a neon lit city. Evocative and perfect.

There's not a video for this song however, so this is a Later... with Jools Holland performance.

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