Whenever I believe something is fantastic by any means, I instinctively subtitle it as "That's My Dad", since dads are a given synonym for fantastic. Albeit not every father is great, on this website we'll live in our fantasies where everyone's dad goes fishing with you, takes you to strip clubs, concerts and manages to impress your friends with his 96' Impala.
That's My Dad: A collection of all things considered, neglected and popularized.
Top 50 Songs of 2012: #47, The Maccabees - Pelican
Pharaoah, they’re not coming with you.
I fell in love with The Maccabees’ unique rock sensibilities early this year with the release of “Given to the Wild”, but always clung on to it like a terrifying guilty pleasure. With its math rock-esque qualities and stuttering lyrics, “Pelican” was the only moment I took no shame in parading my joviality for this group. While “Pelican” plays as a total digression from “Given to the Wild“‘s swoon-worthy alt-rock, its a moment more akin to adventurous artists Battles or The Vaccines.
Every once in a while, we’re blessed with an indie rock masterpiece. No excuses, just pure art.
For many that may be The Antlers’ Burst Apart, their 4th album released in 2011. Something The Antlers aren’t entirely unfamiliar with, their previous releases have kept a record for achieving critical acclaim. After declaring on planning to shift gears creatively, The Antlers have gone minimalist: saying more with less. From it, Burst Apart is a dark, profound lyrical experience combined with gorgeous instrumentals and atmosphere. It plays out like listening to a journal of a tormented and beautiful thoughts of a man who constantly wrestles with his own emotions inside his head. Not to say that The Antlers use their music to connect their listeners who may be equally emotionally conflicted, Burst Apart behaves as a standalone work of music, nearly becoming a cinematic experience with its sheer level of color, mood and detail.
While its ideas are great and blemishes minute (only in music compositions), Burst Apart has the staying power of an indie rock hit worth returning to.