Song of the day: Agony Aunts – "Night Circling Sharks"

August 7, 2012

Now here’s a band that recycles – in a good way.

I was listening to the splendid slightly-psychedlic/slighty-baroque-pop/mostly-lovely Agony Aunts album Greater Miranda, and noticed that one of the tracks on the album was a sneaky reworking of one of its other tracks:

And I like how the lyrics are reworked. (For example, “We slipped through the dark” in the first song becomes “We’ll skip through the park” in the second):

Night Circling Sharks

We slipped through the dark
Wasted our consciousness, breathing our morals like glue
Night-Circling Sharks
Traded for all of this, needing some normal review

When you see me jumping out of my skin
I’ll tell you which of them are haunting me in there
In your lighthouse, bathing the scene
This is your nightmare up on the screen

We’re shaken and shocked
Finding your broken and bleeding and bloated remains
I’m waiting to talk, waiting for Amity Police to be cordoning the scene

When you see me tumbling out of my chair
You’ll be no worse for lack of something to wear
This is your timeshare, rest of the week
There were no nights where everyone sleeps

Your angels and gods,
Taken you up to relieve you your former physique,
By now have been brought to justice,
Rewarding your soul with remorse and retreat

When you see me standing there on the dock
I’ll wish you’d told me what you said when you talked
There in your light house, painting the scene
This is your night mare up on the screen

Evergreen Park

We’ll skip through the park
Maybe we’re thoughtless in deeds; we’ll explore like we do
I’m Lewis, you’re Clark
Making amends with me, ceding inordinate rules

When you see me forming into your twin
I know you’ll switch to one who’s holding the pin
There in your white lodge Shining & clean
This is your nightmare up on the screen

We’ll secretly talk
Blinded by motive, repeating your token refrains
I’ll brazenly mock
All of your family’s needs to be torn at the seams

When you see me storming into your lair
You’ll be so terse, in fact, you won’t even care
There in your white maze, frozen & green
This is your nightmare up on the screen

Why don’t more bands do that? I know a lot of bands release songs that sound remarkably similar, but that’s not the same as a band using one of their songs as a template for another.

Song of the day: Agony Aunts – "Greater Miranda"

November 4, 2010

I really should get back to playing you Australian songs, but I stumbled across this the other day and find it irresistible:

Agony Aunts – “Greater Miranda” (2010)


That’s the title track from the Agony Aunts debut album which was released last month. I found the song so irresistible that after listening to just the first minute of it I bought the album. I’m very pleased to say the rest of the album is almost as enjoyable. (How can you not enjoy an album that’ll cost you $6?) You can hear it all at BandCamp. (Or is that “you can hear it all on Bandcamp”? Curse you, English language!)

Agony Aunts describe themselves as psyche-pop. I reckon you can throw in the phrase “baroque pop” as well, and maybe “a hint of bubblegum”. But whatever you want to call ’em, I like the noise they make.

By the way, Agony Aunts do an intriguing version of The Kinks‘ “Waterloo Sunset“:

Agony Aunts – “Waterloo Sunset (2010)


Musically, I think their version is gorgeous (it’s a lovely arrangement), but vocally it’s a little odd in places (e.g., the way they pronounce “paradise”). Here’s the original version:

The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset (1967)


Agony Aunts on Bandcamp (or is that “Agony Aunts at Bandcamp”? Curse you, English language!)
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