Look what I figured out…

January 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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Up for Air

January 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Music, Video Games | 2 Comments
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It has, I realize, been quite some time since you’ve seen me here. I could blame vacation. I could blame year-end business activity. I could blame the holidays, the dog, or my very, very social neighbors.

Those would all be lies.

256px-fallout_3_cover_artThe truth of the matter is that I have lost a few weeks of my life to a magnificent piece of media called Fallout 3. The little shiny disc encased in this package represents not the norm, the typical. This is no mere game. This is, rather, a commitment. I will shamefully admit that the little timer in the menu of the game informs me this evening that I have thus far logged 53 hours of playtime since December 26th. Lest you think there is some type of mad video game conversion going on, allow me to clarify. Fifty-three earth hours.

I am at this point only 60% through the game. Yikes.

I have in the mental blog gestation phase a post regarding the best new bands that I discovered in 2008; having not yet developed enough accompanying metaphors, allusions, and snark, I will continue to percolate that particular topic. I offer you instead, in penance for my absence,  what I believe to be  my first good musical find of 2009.

They are entitled Faded Paper Figures and are, in my opinion, neither faded nor mere figures (though they may be paper, I haven’t actually met them).

I discovered Faded Paper Figures (and their album, Dynamo) through one of my favorite podcasts: The KEXP Song of the Day. Before discussing the band, a word on the KEXP podcast. If you are not currently subscribed to this podcast, you may in fact be a crazy person. You would have to be, as it is delightful and surprising and free. Maybe you have some kind of ethical issue with free. Perhaps free stole your milk money in the second grade or licked a cookie that you were about to pick up one time. Maybe free borrowed your car and returned it with the gas tank on E, or didn’t show up to help you move after they had already commited. Irregardless, for this podcast, you must forgive free. ‘Tis that good…but I digress.


The topic at hand.

fadedpaperfiguresThere is an obvious comparison to be drawn in regards to the music on Faded Paper Flowers’ first album. Often being a fan of the coy and subtle (and also the soy and cuttle), I will instead say that their music has echoes of both The Notwist and Cloud Cult. It has an electronic base to it with some light vocals from both a male and female lead.

Realizing that recommending an album by comparing it to a German Indie band first and a local Minneapolis band second is pretentious at best and downright douchey at worst, I will now present you with the obvious comparison. 

They sound like The Postal Service mixed with Belle & Sebastian.


I do not like this world we live in. This world wherein all new music produced with a synthesizer and electronic sounds is immediately likened to The Postal Service (my man-crush on Ben Gibbard notwithstanding). I resent that based solely on the presence of two different sets of naughty bits within a band these days we must  force a comparison to the lovely Belle & Sebastian. But these are the cultural touchstones we are surrounded by, so I will use them. Begrudgingly.


Tracks one and six (North by North / Metropolis) are my favorites so far, but the entire album is rapidly growing on me. Check them out, if only as a thanks to them for rescuing me from my XBox based exodus long enough to offer this missive to the world.

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