There’s something about a sweet, jangle pop guitar and an autumnal vibe that will always keep me coming back, and from the sounds of “Water Damage” from Dick Diver, I will be coming back for a while. The Melbourne based band have crafted a lovely little jangle pop jam with a hazy, magic hour vibe of an early fall evening in the country. The boy/girl vocals are especially infectious. It’s just pure pop bliss. Highest recommendation for fans of Real Estate, Twerps, and Wild Nothing.
Along with “Under Cover” this is my favorite track off of The Flower Lane. “Letter of Intent” features Jessa Farkas (of Future Shuttle) on vocals, Daniel Lopatin (of Oneohtrix Point Never) on synth, and Joel Ford (of Airbird) on bass.
The other day I was reading about the world’s longest ever hang glider flight that happened recently (472 miles!). This is the kind of song I’d want looping in my headphones as I cruised a mile above the Texas desert, looking out to the horizon of possibilities.
Back in 2005, Chris Georges and Jason Bartell were stamping and etching and engraving their way through printmaking majors at the Rhode Island School of Design. Like many a college chap, they decided to start a band and, inspired by an article in The Onion, christened it Fang Island.
While such ensembles often fade, evaporating into the oblivion of the real world post-graduation, Fang Island is still going strong. These days, drummer Marc St. Sauveur keeps beat while Georges and Bartell carry a melody that’s euphoric, exciting, and oh so upbeat. Simply put, Fang Island exudes happiness. (They even describe their sound as “everyone high-fiving everyone.”) We trapped Georges and Bartell in our Closet to hear their musings on the future, favorite places to rock out, and how they keep it fresh. High-five, guys.
I decided to string ‘em all together into one song file this time around, instead of a pile of tracks. I took my time selecting and ordering the tracks, and this is about exposure not file sharing. If you like what you hear, these artists can probably use your support to keep making music so click through to their links and read about them, listen to more of their material, and maybe even purchase something from them. That’s the whole point, after all.
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