PHW Songs of the Month - 2/08

My biggest surprise of February, song-wise, was just how blown away I’ve been by the first single from the upcoming sophomore release from Tapes ‘n Tapes. “Hang Them All” sounds to me like it could be the “Float On” or “The Funeral” of 2008 - a soaring anthem that strikes all the right chords, and could wind up propelling these guys from over-hyped backlashers to the indie-rock A-list.

MP3 :: Hang Them All
(from Walk It Off. Out 4/8 through XL Recordings)

Throw Me The Statue’s buzzy and melodic “About To Walk” has been around for a while now, but it’s new to these ears. Originally released as a single late last year, the song is the centerpiece of Moonbeams, the band’s debut full length for Secretly Canadian. Propulsive drums, delicious melodies, and bedroom electronics all held together by surging acoustic strums - this song out-Shins just about the entire indie-pop universe.

MP3 :: About To Walk
(from Moonbeams. Buy here)
-------------------------------------Last but certainly not least is “Saro”, or sometimes known to folk music historians as “Pretty Saro”. The elegant, beautiful arrangement of this traditional ballad, whose origin has been traced back to the mid 1800s, mixes strings and horns with Samamidon’s hushed vocals - a hypnotic setting for the story of an immigrant who has left his true love behind.

MP3 :: Saro
(from All Is Well. Buy here)

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