19 June 2007

Tonight I saw their world

Great Lakes Myth Society: Compass Rose Bouquet

Our friends over at Cover Media have been bestowed with the dubious honor of filling our Post Mail Box this week. You don't know excitement until you have the new Great Lakes Myth Society album, Compass Rose Bouquet, randomly arrive in your mailbox.

Admittedly, I was skeptical when a press release trumpeted that they "were fated to become your new favorite band," (oh, I remember the days when I was the one hacking out the press releases) but actually, it's pretty catchy stuff. The self-proclaimed "Northern Rock" quartet have a tough act to follow: Their self-titled debut album, snuck out with minimal fanfare, quickly became a critic favorite. Now, all they have to do is get us on board as well.

CRB blends GLMS's established Americana sound with a more contemporary, indie-rock feel, especially prominent on tracks like "The Gales of 1838." With clean hooks and an easy listenability, few favorite tracks flow easily into your headset but won't leave your head. Aside from the upbeat, swingy twang of "Stump Speech" and "Eastern Birds," a cut like "Days of Apple Pie" will have you harkening back the the good ol' days (which you probably didn't actually live through).

Michigan's latest up-and-comers release their sophomore effort on July 10. Until then, tide yourself over with these following cuts:

Great Lakes Myth Society - Eastern Birds.mp3
Great Lakes Myth Society - Days of Apple Pie.mp3

While we missed their show at Union Hall in Brooklyn last Saturday, GLMS has a few more tour dates this summer coming up. Catch them live:
  • June 22: Ypsilanti, MI @ Elbow Room
  • June 23: Dexter, MI @ Summer Barn Concert
  • July 13: Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
  • August 30: Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Union Ballroom

1 comment:

Brandon said...

Some video from their Union Hall gig here and also from their gig in LIC Queens at the Creek and the Cave the previous night here (vocals not so audible unfortch).

Amazing band.