Mar 4, 2006

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.


At Saturday, March 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well written post kyle! the first song reminded me a lot of american analog set, who i often listen to when i'm tossing and turning through the whole night and just can't seem to find sleep. thanks for the songs

At Saturday, March 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh-did you ever check out rogue wave at strictly discs? i got caught up in other things and forgot. just wondering how the show went if were able to catch them.

At Saturday, March 04, 2006, Anonymous Mike said...

yeah, they're a nice sounding band. they sent some songs to my blog as well. good lo-fi is hard to come by these days.


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