After yesterday’s enormous monstrosity of a post, I’ll simply play you today’s song.
Here’s today’s song:
I’ve just seen the video and…
There’s no other way* to say this, but it’s a dreadful video. It’s dreadful because there’s no, er, video in the video – it’s just a static image.
(Note to band: What are you guys playing at? Is there a subliminal message hidden in that image?)
But at least you get to hear the song.
And the “video”:
I have a suggestion for the band: why don’t you get some of your artwork (someone in the band is a splendid cartoonist) and animate it using something like Flash? On second thoughts, doing all of that would probably take time away from making music. Scratch that suggestion. Please just keep making music.
(*I suppose there are other ways to say it – it’s a lamentable video, it’s a deplorable video, it’s an execrable video, it’s a thoroughly odious video etc. – but all those terms seem a bit harsh.)
Here are the full versions:
Time to rectify:
Incidentally – and this doesn’t have much to do with anything interesting – I was a bit late with today’s post because of a mishap that prevented me from having access to the Internet for a while. The modem cable broke yesterday so I had to nip off to a shop and get a new cable. (It may or may not have been pet-rabbit-related. I didn’t see the cable break, so I can’t really blame the rabbit. Unless it was the rabbit.*)
(*Even if it was, I can’t be angry at Alice. I mean, look at her:
How can I be angry at that?)
I’m a big, big, big, big fan of Australian neo-psychedelic-baroque-pop-power-pop-music-hall-vaudeville band* Skeleton Staff, and I’ve only just realised that it’s been way too long (37 days to be precise) since I last played you one of their songs. (Note to self: tsk, tsk.)
Here’s a song by Skeleton Staff:
“I Told You I Was Poor” is the first track on the band’s latest album, Psychomorphism. Feel free to buy this splendid album. (“The Skeleton Staff Telethon – Helping To Brighten The Day Of Skeleton Staff Musicians Everywhere.”)
(*Skeleton Staff may actually be the only neo-psychedelic-baroque-pop-power-pop-music-hall-vaudeville band in Australia. I could be wrong, though.)
I’ve just realised that the Songs of the day for the last five days have all been resolutely non-Australian, and for what’s claimed to be an Australian blog (i.e., this one) that’s simply unacceptable. (Or, as I sometimes like to say, “inacceptable”. I also like to say “ex-acceptable”.)
It’s definitely time for something Australian.
Here’s Skeleton Staff, an Australian band I may be a little too fond of (I’ve blathered on about them plenty of times before), with a marvellously wonderful and ineffably refulgent song from their latest album, Pyschomorphism:
Oo-wee, I like that song.
By the way, one of the reasons I like it so much is that there’s a part of it that reminds me of an ABBA song:
I didn’t make that an official* Musical coincidence because I thought the resemblance probably wasn’t strong enough.
Mmm: Skeleton Staff.
(*Note to self: that’s a little pompous, isn’t it Peter? “Official”? Since when is anything of yours “official”?)
Your ship has come in.
(Sorry about the “I like it” bit at the end of that sentence. I know that has nothing to do how you might feel about the album, but it’s something I just blurted out. I’ll try not to be so rash and hasty from now on. I’ll try not to be, er, rashty.)
If you want to know what the album sounds like, it sounds like this:
Skeleton Staff – Psychomorphism (2011)
Admittedly, that’s only five seconds of the album. And admittedly it’s all of the songs at the same time. (That is a bit of a mess, so maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to play you all of Psychomorphism at the same time.)
How about I play you one song on its own? (Imaginary response from an imaginary reader: “That sounds reasonable to me, Peter.”)
I’ve chosen the following track solely because it contains a decent amount of jangly 12-string guitar. I know that, for power pop fans, jangly 12-string guitars are catnip, so if any track’s going to entice you to listen to the album it’s gonna be this:
Skeleton Staff – “The World In 7 Days” (2011)
Now that I hopefully have your attention, here’s the whole album:
Before you embark on a Psychomorphism listening spree, I must issue a couple of “beware”s to help you prepare for the album.
Beware # 1: There’s a lot more music in this album compared to the previous one. I don’t mean that they’ve added more songs, I mean they’ve packed more music into each song. There are definitely more vocal harmonies (A Good Thing), and the instrumental backing is much more ornate.
Beware # 2: You may laugh out loud (as I did) when you hear track 8, “Turnstyle”.
Now that I’ve heard the album a few times, I think it’s grand. It’s chock full of positives.
And now for a couple of negatives:
1. No lyric sheet. Grrr.
2. As with the previous album, I’m still not overly fond of a lot of the guitar sounds. (It sounds to me like the band played around with the guitar’s parametric equalizer settings a little too much.) Whatever was used to manipulate the sounds of the guitar, I wouldn’t mind at all if the band stopped using it.
Where was I? Oh, yeah..
Now that I hopefully have your attention, here’s the whole album:
Footnote (although it was typed using hands):
Skeleton Staff’s first album is called Solipsism. This new album is called Psychomorphism. I have to ask: Is someone doing a degree in psychology?
Another Footnote (well, it makes sense to have two feet):
There’s a musical coincidence in track 8, “Turnstyle”. I don’t know if the band wants me to make it public or not, so I’ll just have a quiet word to the guys here. (A quiet word: Psst, guys – was that coincidence in track 8 deliberate?)
Postscript (I didn’t want another footnote):
The guitar part at the start of “The World In 7 Days” reminds me a lot of a piece of classical music, but I can’t for the life of me remember what that classical piece is. Grrr*.
Post-Postscript (this is getting ridiculous):
I found two more musical coincidences in the album, one I reckon might be deliberate and the other probably accidental. I might just email the band…
Buy Psychomorphism at Bandcamp ($10 – well, what are you waiting for?)
Buy Psychomorphism CD at Skeleton Staff’s website ($15 – where you waiting for the CD?)
Skeleton Staff official website
Skeleton Staff on Facebook
Skeleton Staff at Bandcamp
(*I thought it may have been one of the themes in George Gershwin‘s “Rhapsody in Blue“, or “An American in Paris“, but I checked both of those and the tune wasn’t in either of them. However, I finally realised where I’d heard that before, and it is in a piece by Gershwin, but not those. The tune also appears in a heavy metal song. I feel a Musical coincidence coming on…)
Look, I promise* I won’t play you any more Skeleton Staff songs after this one.
I thought I had it under control. I thought I was on top of it. I thought the grip that the band’s album, Solipsism, had on me had loosened. There was a day last week where I didn’t play the album all day. (I was very proud of myself.) But I’m now back to playing it once a day again. Oh, well. (At least I’m more in control of the situation now than I was last week when for a few days I was playing it twice a day.)
Sorry about this:
Excuse me, I think I’m going to play the album again.
(*Unless they make another album – then all bets will be off.)
I don’t know if you’ve been reading this blog regularly, but if you have then you’ll be aware that along with my recent Squeeze fixation I’ve been addicted to an album by an Australian band called Skeleton Staff. The album’s called Solipsism (2010), and since I first heard it a few weeks ago I’ve been playing it daily.
Well, I’m pleased to say that yesterday I didn’t play that Skeleton Staff album. Yay!
In honour of this momentous occasion, here’s Skeleton Staff with “Big Celebrity“:
By the way, the last time I played you a Skeleton Staff song I suggested they describe their music as “Psyche Power”. (They say they’re “Psyche Rock” – I think they’re “Power Pop”).
Looking back, I can see that “Psyche Power” sounds pretty stupid. How about “Power Psyche” instead? I think that’s much better.
I’m sorry about this, ladies and gentlemen (and others), but today’s song is a direct result of me having difficulty staying away from my new favourite album, Skeleton Staff‘s Solipsism (2010). In an effort to halt my growing addiction, I’ve managed to reduce my playing of it down to about once a day. (Confession time: I’m listening to it right now.)
“So what?” I hear you ask. “You like an album. Big deal. What’s that got to do with me?” Well, gentle reader, the stuff that I enjoy listening to usually ends up on this blog. Courtesy of firmly believing in the notion of “share the things you like with other people so that they may like them, too”, I tend to play you music that I’m listening to at any given moment. And Skeleton Staff’s Solipsism is an album that’s currently filling plenty of given moments.
Because I’ve already played you a couple of songs from the album, I hadn’t planned on playing you any more (“so many bands, so little time” – that kind of thing). But due to the combination of my addiction and the urge to share, I feel compelled to play you another one…
Skeleton Staff – “Didn’t Know Dumb” (2010)
By the way, the band call their music “Psyche Pop”. I call it “Power Pop”*. Maybe we can call it “Power Psyche”?
Also by the way: there’s a small (and entirely unintentional, I’ve been assured) musical coincidence in “Didn’t Know Dumb”. If you want to set yourself a little challenge, see if you can spot it**.
Buy Solipsism at Bandcamp (If you do, it’ll increase the chances of Skeleton Staff making another album – which means that I can finally stop playing Solipsism and start playing their new album instead.)
Skeleton Staff on Facebook
Skeleton Staff on MySpace
(**Hint: because of the other band involved in the coincidence, it’s not surprising that a snippet of that other band will find itself in somebody else’s song.)