If career trajectories/trends are your thing, consider Devastations. The three-piece Australian band (now stationed in Berlin) released its second album on Brassland, the label operated by writer Alec Hanley Bemis and Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National. Like the National, Devastations have taken up residence with Beggars Banquet for their 2008 release Yes, U, a follow-up to the outstanding 2006 record Coal.
On Mistakes, the lead single from Yes, U (due out Feb. 5), a moody bassline is the company to Standish’s misery: “I can see my reflection / in the tracks of your tears / now why must I destroy all that / I claim to love / tell me why.”
Devastations | Mistakes
From Coal (2006, Brassland):
(Such a great opening line: “The wine may have loosened my tongue / but you’re gonna thank me later on.”)