Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Heaven Is Attached By A Slender Thread by The One AM Radio
Kind of like: Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service), Pheonix, Owen
Genres: Electronic, Indie, Indie Pop
"The One AM Radio's 2011 effort Heaven Is Attached by a Slender Thread features more of lead singer/songwriter Hrishikesh Hirway's melodic and lushly produced pop. This is music crafted for sunny late-afternoon listening and melancholy days spent alone. Joining Hirway behind the scenes is Tony Hoffer, whose work with such like-minded bands as Belle & Sebastian, Phoenix, and Air fits perfectly with the album's overall laid-back, melodic dance-pop vibe. In that sense, such tracks as the yearningly romantic "Everything Falls Apart" and the sweetly sunny "In a City Without Seasons," featuring vocals from Fontaine Cole, are perfect sad pop nuggets that fall somewhere in between the handclappy rhythms of the Blow and the hummable Swedish pop of the Acid House Kings. Similarly, such cuts as the new wave, synth-driven "Plans" and the Beach Boys meet Death Cab for Cutie-sounding "Everyone But You" are as immediately catchy as they are heartbreakingly bittersweet. Matt Collar, Rovi"
I found this album through Circling The Drain, an amazing blog everyone should check out. At first this album reminded me of what I liked most from The Postal Service, somber vocals mixed with simple yet emotive electronic instrumentation. There are a couple of tracks I don't particularly care for, but in whole, I can see myself listening to this for a long time to come. As the weather begins to get warmer, and the days get longer, I can't help but listen to music like this and dream of sunny days and warm nights ending with watching the sun rise surrounded by good friends.