Fiftieth post! Woo. Milestone. Small steps, big things and all that. Enthusiasm.
Anyway, on to the music. Phosphorescent are the latest band to be picked up as hipster heroes by Pitchfork and the latest in the line of hipster heroes to be both slightly overrated and have a really irritatingly hard name to spell. When they work they are really excellent though, and nowhere is this seen better than on Ride On/Right On – a laidback yet driving and groove filled semi-country, semi-psychedelic mash-up of Tame Impala and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. If I was to sum it up in one sentence, which I already have really, I’d call it exactly what Edward Sharpe and his 0’s should have been. They’re a band who have like one good song – Home – and this is essentially a more interesting, if less anthemic, version of that. It also doesn’t have that super-irritating section where they’re gratingly southern and tell that really shitty story about one of them falling on their ass or something and how they love each other and how shut the hell up you’re killing this song.
I could listen to this song like six times in a row(read: I have listened to this song like six times in a row) and still not get tired of it. Those fuzzy, yet kind of wah-wah inflected guitars just warp around so nicely and that bass just bounces so casually and sprightly. It’s the definition of easy-listening yet it’s absolutely jammed with layers too. For instance, those organs in the background are just quietly going mental for the whole song. Seriously, listen to them, they’re just about sticking to the tune amidst all their total madness. It just sounds fun. The fact that there are like half a dozen words to the entire song, and that they’re sung so nicely, helps too.
It’s just a shame the rest of the album isn’t as fun and lethargically energising, even if it is still interesting. I’ll try and get a review of it up in the next week or so. Until then just listen to this again, and again. And again.