Yesterday I listened to "As Long As There Are Birds" by Toronto band Hobson's Choice. You can download their latest 4-song recording here - payment is by donation.
I think this music is really beautiful. First of all, I love the unique instrumentation. (No bass? Madness!) Already that is a really refreshing sound. I love the lyrics. They are beautifully put, and contain beautiful imagery. Also, as a Buddhist the lyrics relate to some concepts that I've thought a lot about. For example I have this poem stuck on my wall by the Buddhist monk Ikkyu: "I won't die/I'm not going anywhere/I'll be right here/But don't ask me anything/I won't answer".
I love the sound of harmony that pushes traditional tonality but doesn't totally abandon it. The other tracks on this recording also have some harmonically cool lines. Felicitiy's voice is really beautiful. Everyone is getting a beautiful sound actually. I LOVE IT.
Here is a live video of the same track.
HOBSON'S CHOICE - As Long As There Are Birds from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.
Update: check out this post by Felicity on the Hobson's Choice blog. The post has more about the lyrics and how they were written.
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