Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Theme Song For The Day"

October 30, 2011

Today’s song by Grand Atlantic sits unobtrusively and unheralded-ly in the band’s early, early EP (it was their first official release). I think the song is too good to languish in Obscure EP Land. I think it deserves to be extracted from that EP and placed front and centre on a blog so that people can hear it and say “Hey, that’s not a bad song – what’s it doing stuck in an obscure EP?”:

Grand Atlantic – “Theme Song For Today (2006)

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Musical coincidences # 135

October 25, 2011

Boy, this riff sure is popular. It was only a few weeks ago that I noticed a tune in The Move‘s “I Can Hear The Grass Grow” that appears in a couple of other songs. (Gruesome details here.) Now I’ve found it in another song.

First, though, a reminder of the original tune. In “I Can Hear The Grass Grow” it’s the “Get a hold of yourself now baby” part in the song’s middle eight:

The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow (1967) (excerpt)

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In addition to the other two songs I found that tune, this time it’s in Australian band Grand Atlantic‘s “Smoke And Mirrors”. I heard a guitar near the start of the song playing something suspiciously familiar (it’s in the right channel):

Grand Atlantic – “Smoke And Mirrors” (2007) (excerpt 1)

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In the same song, another guitar plays it later on (this time it’s in the left channel):

Grand Atlantic – “Smoke And Mirrors” (2007) (excerpt 2)

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Here are the full versions:

The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow (1967)

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Grand Atlantic – “Smoke And Mirrors” (2007)

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Central Station Blues"

September 27, 2011

I’ve just noticed that the previous two Songs of the day have been from the 80’s. In an effort to modernise this ol’ blog, I’ll play you a song by Grand Atlantic from their latest album, Costellations:

Grand Atlantic – “Central Station Blues” (2011)

Now I feel up to date.

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Moth And Rust"

September 15, 2011

Here’s Grand Atlantic with the inexplicably-titled “Moth And Rust”:

Grand Atlantic – “Moth And Rust” (2008)

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Maybe I should listen to the lyrics. That might explain things. Maybe.

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Only Time"

March 9, 2011

The estimable Popboomerang Records has released Electric & Eclectic, an album of rarities from a whole heap of artists on the label who each contributed a spare track they had lying around. Although Popbooomerang prides itself as a record label that promotes power pop artists, it has in recent years broadened its scope to include music of the softer variety from musicians such as folkies, arty types, and a few “how do you categorise that?” artists.

You can hear Electric & Eclectic over at Bandcamp if you’re in the mood to listen to an album full of non-power-pop chaps and chapettes.

However, power pop band Grand Atlantic supplied a track for the compilation, and they certainly chose a weird one to add. The performance itself isn’t weird (it’s lovely, and full of dreamy vocals), but it’s the choice of song that would get a lot of people scratching their heads.

So, here are Grand Atlantic gettin’ all dreamy on ya:

Grand Atlantic – “Only Time (2011)

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And, here’s the original – believe it or not:

Enya – “Only Time” (2000)

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Yes: Enya. Grand Atlantic chose to cover an Enya song.

I, for one, am glad they did, because I probably would have never known about it otherwise. After being told by the rock music cognescenti for years that Enya’s music is useless, laughable, and not worth any ‘true’ rock fan’s time, it’s nice to finally hear a song by hers that isn’t the one constantly sniggered at (namely: “Orinoco Flow“). And now, thanks to Grand Atlantic’s choice of cover, I’ve heard Enya’s “Only Time” – and I can happily say that I like it.

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Poison To The Vine"

February 27, 2011

Here’s Grand Atlantic’s latest song which will appear on their forthcoming, as-yet unnamed*, album:

Grand Atlantic – “Poison To The Vine (2011)

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Incidentally, I nicked that song from Grand Atlantic’s song giveaway page after I read about it at Absolute PowerPop. Thanks, dudes.

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(*In the MP3 tag of the song, the album is listed as “TBA” which, I presume, means “to be announced”. Hey, guys: why not just call your album TBA?)


Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Nice Guys?"

December 13, 2010

Here’s Grand Atlantic wondering about:

Grand Atlantic – “Nice Guys?” (2007)

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