CHECKOUT: Track a Tiger
Matthew Barney - Cremaster 5 Production Still (1997)
With the crack under my door starting to brighten and my head filled with lazy confusion about if I will ever sleep again, my nerves are wrapped in the homey comfort of Track a Tiger. The plodding snare tied to floating lyrics sets a beautiful indecisiveness lost in between letting down or getting up. Looming like an aging helium balloon, the tracks exist to sit beside and keep company.
The eerily relevant, but hopefully not personally foreshadowing album "Woke Up Early the Day I Died" has been evolving for a couple years from solo acoustics to embelishment. The result is surprisingly simple with a relaxed heaviness that never sounds picked over. Occasionally visited by guest instrumentation (including electronic bleeps that somehow fit), the wandering sound stays reassuringly on track. Tiger belongs in your daily routine either tucked in your bottle of sleeping pills or mug of coffee, and is definitely worth waking up early for.
Track a Tiger - Seashaken Heart (mp3)
Track a Tiger - Glad To Be Scattered (mp3)
Track a Tiger - Sound As Ever (mp3)
Berkeley Place just posted an interview with the band. Track a Tiger's album "Woke Up Early the Day I Died" can be purchased locally (Stricly Discs or B-Sides in Madison) or through Future Apple Tree.
Blogaholic's Fix of the Day:
Bethanne from Clever Titles Are So Last Summer is one of the most active and probably the nicest music blogger in the scene. Today, her post focused on a slowcore band called Cranes. Filled with energy, personality, and an exquisite (but not pretentious) music taste... her blog is always a fun and informative read.