Credit: Alec Hanley Bemis/Brassland.org
This past weekend was busy: a wedding Friday in Tucson and one back here in Phoenix on Saturday. But the good news is my wife’s sister, June, delivered their first child (a boy) on Sunday, which also happens to be the date of our anniversary and Annie and June’s dad’s birthday. April 30 is a great day.
Anyway, with the hectic (ahem, hungover) pace of the weekend, I was more than happy to see a WOXY.com Lounge Acts performance from Clogs pop into my subscription update to help soothe my nerves. My affinity for the National has drawn me to Clogs, whose members include National guitarist Bryce Dessner.
The sound of the group’s classical-trained musicians, all haunting and absorbing, has drawn comparisons to the Rachel’s and Sigur Ros. It’s multi-instrumental chamber music, with an emphasis on multi: We’re talking violins, ukeleles and bassoons here.
Consider it a serene and engaging departure from the usual indie-rock runaround.
Clogs, WOXY.com Lounge Acts, 4/28/06:
1. Raise the Flag
3. Bed & Rest
The Clogs’ catalog, including their new release Lantern, is available at eMusic.