Band That Sounds Like It Belongs in Indie Film Makes Indie Film

The MP3 is trying to kill the album, so you can't just release a CD anymore and expect it to sell. ADHD prevents us from listening to one song for more than three minutes, one band for more than one song.

The Fiery Furnaces aren't even planning to record their next album, instead releasing it as sheet music and "instruction, conventional music notation, graphic music notation, reports and illustrations of previous hypothetical performances, reports and illustrations of hypothetical performances previous to the formation of their hypotheses, guidelines for the fabrication of semi-automatic machine rock, memoranda to the nonexistent Central Committee of the Fiery-Furnaces-in-Exile concerning the non-creation of situations, Relevant to Progressive Rock Division, conceptual constellations on a so-to-speak black cloth firmament, and other items that have nothing to do with the price of eggs, or milk, or whatever the proverbial expression ceased to be."

(I didn't read that whole sentence, either.)

Joe Pernice's covers LP released this week accompanies a novel -- the song selections having been mentioned in the book.

Anything to up the ante.

So after striking gold with their 2008 debut, folk-poppers Noah and the Whale's Oct. 6 release, "The First Days of Spring," will be accompanied by an album-length film. The lead single, "Blue Skies," provides the soundtrack for the trailer. Don't be tricked by the title, there is nothing blue sky about the music nor any blue skies in the trailer. They're from London, after all.

Appropriate, since indie films are littered with this kind of pop music these days.

It's a pretty song and a beautifully filmed video. These guys aren't pushing any envelopes, which may be the gold-selling appeal. Nothing's forced. The music pretty much sounds like it comes naturally, which can be refreshing.

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