Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Weezer and Noah and the Whale Came Too

I love it when carefully planned schemes go wrong. Weezer's promo on Yahoo Premieres was so calculated to boost their new song, Troublemaker, so cleverly done and a typical California rock anthem that nothing could go wrong, could it?

Well yes, it's a catchy enough tune in standard Weezer style, bound to hit the big time and a lot of fun as well. The problem is that there is a brief excerpt advertising a bunch called Noah and the Whale just before the video begins. And that excerpt is intriguing enough to make anyone want to find out more.

So I did. The song featured is 5 Years Time, an odd little ditty that appeals immediately because it is so different. The slightly plaintive and home made feeling evoked by the tune is carried through to the video and I found myself wanting to know more.

There turns out to be quite a bit more - strange little songs like the rolling Shape of My Heart, another plaintive reflection called 2 Bodies 1 Heart and the more complex Rocks and Daggers. It is this last that most obviously brings out the influence of The Postal Service and places them securely with experimental groups like The Antlers.

This genre seems to growing apace at the moment, an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the standard stuff churned out endlessly by the media, and it is ironic that I should have found Noah and the Whale through the masters of the hit parade, Weezer. A breath of tomorrow through the sound of all our yesterdays.

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