I’ve written extensively about my friend Jeff’s Lean Horse Marathon project, but I’ve unfortunately never had a chance to really dive into his band Sea Patterns that he’s in with Kevin and Chris from Baltimore. The first track by them to really pop onto my radar was “Battle Royale,” which sounds like a more punk Surfer Blood in my mind. But now the three piece with no bass drum returns with “Cape,” a more laid-back track with a great melody. The opening lead guitar melody is just an earworm. From the first notes, you know this pop yet rock track is good. Cop it below and more Sea Patterns stuff over at their Soundcloud.
School starts tomorrow for me. It’s been a really good, albeit nearly blogless, summer and tomorrow morning will feel like a new awakening. In the above video teaser for “Sacrifice Hat,” the centerpiece of Lean Horse Marathon’s Reflections, light starts piercing through the dark. Slowly but surely the lights get brighter and the noise gets louder, just like they will tomorrow morning when I have to pry myself out of bed. It’s an awakening, just like “Sacrifice Hat.”
Lean Horse Marathon is Baltimore’s Jeff Koplovitz, an 18-year-old with a great ear and chops to boot. You can stream Reflections via Only For Us for the time being and buy it on iTunes. Facebook rumors lead towards the possibility of a cassette in the future.
Full review of Reflections is to come as well.
So currently Niemann and Daniel are sitting at University of Maryland recovering from last night’s absolutely crazy Thermals show. Daniel currently can’t move his left arm above his head and has his shoes covered in blood. But all in all, it was crazy and we’ll have a review of it up soon.
But in the mean time, yesterday on Daniel’s radio program In Afternoon Air on WMUC, in which Niemann guest-hosted, we debuted a new track from our friend Jeff, from his Lean Horse Marathon project. In August, we posted the title track from the upcoming Lean Horse Marathon release Reflections, due out in Spring 2011.
But yesterday on In Afternoon Air, we debuted what Jeff expects to be the lead single, “No One.” This track, a departure from “Reflections” features a harsh motorik drum beat with swirling guitars and a prominent bass riff. Jeff’s vocals are also a departure from his usual spider-web like delivery, resulting in an almost melancholic Morrissey-esque sound. The refinement is a far cry from earlier releases LP1 EP and Up On Bomber Mountain, but fans of Lean Horse Marathon will not be alienated by the change at all, signaling a quality change towards dream-pop.
Jeff called in to In Afternoon Air (fast forward to the 49:00 mark) to talk about the upcoming release with Daniel and Kevin and his musical direction before “No One” was played on the radio.
“No One” is available for listen and download after the jump.
When Wild Nothing released Gemini, Jack Tatum set a new precedent for lo-fi bedroom recordings everywhere. Gone was the fuzz and buzz that had become synonymous with recordings from Wavves, early Cloud Nothings, and Best Coast demos. Instead the production became clean, clear, crisp, and opened new avenues for listeners’ ears.