26 February 2008

Bodies of Awesome Sounds

Bodies of Water are easy to compare to other artists. The band consists of a husband and wife and a whole bunch of their friends. Not unlike the Arcade Fire. And speaking of the Arcade Fire, Bodies of Water also display the same sombre, delicate dignity that can be found of 2005’s funeral.

You might find it odd then that the next band I choose to compare Bodies of Water is the Polyphonic Spree. Because while they are as stately as the Arcade Fire, Bodies of Water also share the Polyphonic Spree’s manic exuberance. The joy and delight that hangs from every note the fragile army plays can also be heard on Bodies of Water’s debut, Ears Will Pop and Eyes Will Blink. And then there’s the fact that the Polyphonic Spree are a whole bunch of people singing together, using their voices as instruments, and Bodies of Water are a whole bunch of people singing together, using their voices as instruments.

Who next shall I liken them to? Fellow Volume Knobber June’s one true love, Sufjan Stevens. It’s not so much the sound of the band that brings Sufjan to mind, rather the content. The religious undertones of Seven Swans are echoed here. Although where Sufjan leans towards the personal, Bodies of Water’s focus is more on the theological. The album abounds with surrealist Christian imagery at its best, with water gushing from rocks and hearts being licked. And that’s just in the opening track. But please don’t get the idea that this is a “religious” album. It isn’t anymore than Seven Swans is.

So what do you get when you cross the Arcade Fire, the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens? An incredibly original debut album. Ears Will Pop and Eyes Will Blink is a layered, complex and awesome piece of art that insists upon repeat listens, much like In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, (and a happy tenth birthday to you, little anne frank album).

Our Friends Appear Like The Dawn
These Are The Eyes
I Guess I'll Forget The Sound, I Guess, I Guess


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