Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Twofer Tuesday: Comes and Goes
So I'm taking on two giants today that I'm well aware I don't love quite as much as I should - but goddamnit, I love these songs. Much like the TV on the Radio dilemma of last week, I like "Kids" - and on the same note, "Electric Feel" - way more than I like the calculated oddball hipster vibe MGMT's rocking. They're a little stylized, a little detached for me, but I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I've played this song about 70 times in the past week.
Other great things/hard questions: Is it child cruelty to torture that little baby with scary Brooklyn monsters? How'd they snag Joanna Newsom for the video? WHY IS THIS SONG SO CATCHY?! (This is why I'm lame: It's now my new ringtone.)
Andrew Bird's another titan. And he's an indie giant I usually really, really hate. That's what makes the minimalist charms of "Fitz and the Dizzyspells" all the more beguiling.
There's no self-conscious, winking-at-the-audience, indie tricks here. It's just a pleasant, interesting song - one that would work just as well for a "name" like Jason Mraz or John Mayer as it does for Bird. And for me, though I love my indie strummers, maybe that's what makes this Bird song accessible.