Way Interested in Nap Eyes

nappyApparently Nap Eyes is a band that’s slipped beyond everyone’s awareness, at least here in the United States.  The first reason the band caught my eye is that it features members of Monomyth and Each Other…two bands I’ve heard of and adored.  Then there’s this song; it’s fucking great.  It’s got this steady pace to it, as if the song was created simply to back the spoken word.  It’s like a modern twist on the music that nerds fell in love with…see fans of The Feelies and They Might Be Giants.  The group will re-release their hit Whine of the Mystic on July 10th via Paradise of Bachelors and You’ve Changed Records.

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Each Other – Being Elastic

eachRating: ★★★½☆

It seems over the last few years that a great deal of the bands I’ve taken a liking to have put less emphasis on the meaning behind the title of their completed works.  I can’t, however, say that about Each Other.  Their newest effort, Being Elastic, fits entirely in line with what one might think when reflecting upon the album’s name; it stretches all over the place musically.

“About the Crowd” begins with this fuzzy bass line lurking beneath the vocals.  The pacing seems like a mild stutter-step, until you reach the 1.5 minute park, where the guitars begin to chime in with more of a euphoric circle pit direction that perfectly meets the vocals.  From here Being Elastic moves into the more post-punk driven “Send Your Signals,” which is driven by the tight percussive quality and angular musicianship.  At times, the band slows things down to a more drawn out tempo, finishing off the track with this soaring pop vocal that’s indicative of the band’s efforts to move all over the place within their tracks.

Throughout the listen, Each Other moves in and out of varying genres.  “You or Any Other Thing” is one of those tracks that encapsulates precisely why the group’s so intoxicating.  The tune drifts in with dreamy folk harmony, but at various points, things are flipped upside down as the song takes an approach that seems like the obvious clash of influences like Q and Not U and The Wrens.  To me, it seems like the perfect way to make a nod to past greats, while still showing a progressive attitude in the songwriting. It seems like an easy enough formula for success, but I like how the group is capable is switching the approach, as they do on “Fine Time.” This number has a softer opening moment, then it jumps off into a jangling romp that is bound to pick up the spirits of listeners.

You do have to be careful where you skip around on Being Elastic, as you’re likely to get the wrong impression if you land on certain tracks.  “Seeing Doubles Dreaming Troubles” is dominated by an upbeat chugging that only slows down long enough to suck the audience in before bounding off in an enjoyable fashion.  It’s a complete juxtaposition to tracks like “The Trick You Gave Up” or “Or Else,” both which rely upon an extremely mellow mood to deliver their message.  Your best bet is just to enjoy the diversity from start to finish.

And there you have it folks; you have a record that’s as diverse a listen, sonically, as the name would imply.  Being Elastic offers a glimpse into the life of a band that’s not sold on one dynamic, and in taking that in stride, Each Other have released an album that demonstrates the vitality that comes with maximized creativity.

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Download: Each Other – Your Ceiling is My Floor [MP3]

SXSW 2014 Interview: Each Other

eachotherRunning interviews thus far has been a success, and it’s great to see the dynamic personalities spread across the globe making music.  We turn our sites today towards Canada’s Each Other, who’ve got a brand new record coming out on Lefse Records; it’s titled Being Elastic.  I caught the band a few years back, and personally, it was one of my favorite sets; I also hear via various friends that they’re super nice, which makes appreciating them all the easier.  Check out what they had to say.

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New Tune from Each Other (SXSW Act)

eachotherOne of the many bands I’m really excited to see this year at SXSW is Each Other.  We’ve covered the band previously, and we even have an interview scheduled to run with them in the next few days.  But, today we share with you their latest single that shows the careful operation of the band’s music.  Their first single had a very angular approach, filled with a nice hook, but this song unfolds slowly.  It’s focusing on a nice little bounce that the group has built from their sharply ringing guitars and steady drumming.  It’s just another great tune that’ll pop up on the band’s Being Elastic album, which is slated for a March 4th release date.

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Download: Each Other – Your Ceiling is My Floor [MP3]

New Music from Each Other

eachotherOne of my favorite memories from SXSW a few years back was actually stretching myself to the limit by catching an all day hangover show at Beerland, after spending 7 days rocking and drinking like a champ.  I pushed myself to the max, but I was able to catch Each Other (among others), which was a blessing.  They’ve just announced a new album, and I’m really digging the first number.  It begins with this jagged proto-punk attitude, which normally would be enough to catch my attention, but just after the two-minute mark, they offer this mellow pop opus within the track; it’s quite a special moment.  They’re debut, Being Elastic, will be released by Lefse Records on March 4th.

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New Art Pop from Each Other

When this first came onto my player, I really thought it was going to be some sort of jangling psych rock hit, which I was completely okay with at the time.  But, that being said, I’m much more impressed with the direction this new tune from Each Other takes, meandering into its own realm of art pop, even floating off into a creative bit of atmospheric noodling towards the end of the track.  It’s a good thing that the band’s Heavily Spaced EP is soon to come so we can see what else these Canadians have up their sleeve.

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