Sunday, February 15, 2009

Step Aside, Coldplay!

The new kings of melodic atmosphere rock have arrived! If only they had the exposure, I'm sure they would be able to whup Coldplay and take their spot on the top. I'm doing my part here to help it happen, I guess.

The band I'm talking about it called "Low vs Diamond" and I have been unable to stop listening to them since I discovered them about a month ago. Their sound/style is like that of Coldplay's. It's a little heavier on the rock and they have no true acoustic songs, but the music contains the same soaring melodies and the same weird atmosphere/ambience noise in the background.

They're a new band, with only a self-titled debut album, but the eleven songs on it are so great that I could listen to them for days on end (and that is
not an exaggeration).

The best song on the album serves as the first track, which in most cases is a mistake, but the rest of the songs on the album are excellent enough that the order doesn't matter too much. Just don't leave "Don't Forget Sister" on repeat for too long or you'll wear a groove in your CD and then you won't be able to listen to the rest of the album.

"Don't Forget Sister" is an excellent song that builds gradually into an amazing final section. It starts out with some drums and some piano and some atmosphere and some vocals, then builds and builds into a full-out barrage of awesome alternative pop/rock and finishes with soaring melodies that you can't help singing along with. It's really no surprise that this song landed number 59 o
n Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008, even though the band still labors in relative obscurity. It's just so amazing.

The rest of the album explores other pop/rock ideas and structures. There is not much acoustic guitar on the album, and it always takes a backseat to the other instruments when there is. There's a fair amount of piano, though. No other styles are explored, so it's not an album that will satisfy everyone, but for anyone who enjoys excellent melodies and meaningful lyrics, I recommend this album. Heck, "Don't Forget Sister" itself is almost worth the cost of the entire album.

Before you purchase, you can listen to the album in its entirety on the band's MySpace page. That's a great new feature from MySpace. I love being able to listen to full albums before I make a decision of whether or not to buy the album. It's great, and you should give it a try with artists that you enjoy as well as new artists that you've discovered.

Low vs Diamond's MySpace page
Low vs Diamond's official website

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