Posted by: Ryan Allen on March 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Bodies of Water, Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink (Secretly Canadian, 2008)

Originally released in 2007 on the band’s own Thousand Tongues imprint, it’s no wonder Secretly Canadian snatched up this ambitious little gem. Fitting right into the label’s aesthetic, Bodies of Water’s Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink is a manic folk jamboree, with massive percussion, a thousand high-pitched voices singing simultaneously, and high-school band instruments darting in and out of the mix. The album is so vivid and alive that it allows your brain to conjure up tons of farfetched images. At once it sounds like a parade, with Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Smith (of Danielson) and the Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter as the guest emcee’s; or perhaps the kids from the Langley Schools Music Project all grown up and recording their own songs instead of hits by Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys; or maybe it sounds like an reinterpretation of Hair, performed by the Arcade Fire in a church basement. Whatever it is, Bodies of Water cultivate a cultish, bizarre, and unexpected listening landscape. Pretty damn impressive from a band that, just a year ago, were unsigned and trying to get the crazy out all by themselves. — Ryan Allen

[tags]Bodies of Water, Paul McCartney, Secretly Canadian, Hair, Arcade Fire, Thousand Tongues[/tags]


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