As I listened to Califone play, I thought to myself that this band’s music seems composed entirely of grace notes. Sure, there are melodies, lyrics and all the traditional trappings of standard pop, but what makes it so enjoyable is everything else. Twittering rhythms and layered sounds are accentuated by subtle and ever-changing percussion. There are bells and rattling beads and wind chimes and stings and grungy, dirty, grinding bass guitar licks all floating below Tim Rutili’s ghostly voice. To say the music is just grace notes isn’t fair, but it characterizes how different this group’s sound is. It’s post-rock and experimental, but with a folk heart and loveable DIY aesthetic.
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Califone – Funeral Singers (Tunnelvision)
Califone is a Chicago-based indie and post-rock band. Despite being around for a decade or so (in various guises from solo project to rotating who’s who), the band only recently passed through my radar when I picked up a promotional MP3 of this track. “Funeral Singers,” is the first release off Califone’s new album, All my Friends are Funeral Singers which is a soundtrack to a film by the same name which has been entered into the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Califone’s current tour has them playing double shows in each city – one night of rock and one night of live accompaniment to the film. I hope I can find time to listen to some more, since I’m considering I seeing them when they run through their hometown in March. This track is a live version from Pitchfork.tv’s Tunnelvision. Continue reading