Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: Katmai

There is something to be said about musicians who put forward only their music without much else in a scene dominated by image, twitter feeds and facebook fan pages.  Katmai has been making and releasing music this way for over a year now without giving us anything more than gorgeously star-soaked tracks.  Without any genre-tags, song descriptions or basically any info at all, Katmai is putting the emphasis on the music alone, which is a good thing considering how strong some of these astral noise-pop tunes are.  Whether or not it’s intentional, Katmai makes music that is pretty darn hard to blog.  It’s impossible to try and sum up their/his/her sound in a catchy hyphenated phrase and each track highlights different aspects of that huge sound.  Katmai’s most two recent tracks, ‘Apparitions’ and ‘Rêve D’argent’ are female and boy led pieces respectively with the first being maximalist and electronically-blasting while the later is an equally complex but more restrained and introspective soundscape.  With this quality of music I’m fine with never learning who Katmai is as long as the new material doesn’t stop coming.

-PK

mp3: Field Dress- Fingernails

I’m not sure the last time I discovered a song so hard to describe yet so instantly appealing as ‘Fingernails’ by Field Dress.  The first thing I noticed about the song was the lead singer’s voice which is probably the closest I’ve ever heard a band coming to Animal Collective’s Avey Tare.  Then there was the bouncing bass that kept the song at an almost southern rock-like pace that I would expect to hear from bands like Alabama Shakes or My Morning Jacket.  I could go on describing how bits of the song remind me of other styles of music but the best way to experience ‘Fingernails’ is just to go ahead and listen because this song isn’t the type that should be pinned down in words.

-PK