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February 24th, 2007

Something short and sweet


I have a real affinity for fractured piano songs and ballads. The type of spontaneous and short songs that never last quite long enough to form a complete picture, yet serve only to provide a mysterious and small glimpse into the artists mind, leaving the listener only a small clue to speculate about what it all meant. I’ve come across several of these songs recently and would like to share them with you.


The first is from Ginger Lee, whose album “Songs fired in the forge drift” is out in March on Drift records,

Ginger Lee – Hold me close


The second one unexpectedly comes from Priestbird, formerly known as Tarantula AD and more known for their loud psychedelic rock than soft piano songs. This track comes from their upcoming album “In your time.”

Priestbird – Guest Room


The third and (by far) best is an older song from Devendra and Andy Cabic that you may or may not have heard. I remember giddily trying to explain to Andy when I first met him that it was possibly the happiest song ever written and then him shyly attempting to suggest he had forgotten it. It took several years before they got around to recording a full version of it for Vetiver’s recent “To Find Me Gone.” However, I still think that the short original captured the feeling of the song best.

Devendra Banhart (w/Andy) – Me and Andy sing El Rio

If anyone else has some suggestions for more snippets of songs like these…let me know and I will post them up!


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