When I think of positively infectious music, the first band that comes to my mind is The New Pornographers. This band is a buzzing beehive of electric tastiness. You know how when you were a kid there was always that one treat that you just couldn’t stop eating? Do you remember that feeling you got each time when you put it in your mouth, the sweet, swirling combination of freedom, sweetness and happiness? That is The New Pornographers. They are a seven piece band (be still my heart), hailing from Canada and featuring Neko Case, another kind of sweet altogether. Case has one of those voices from the heavens. When she sings with the band or on her solo albums, you literally can see angels and rainbows and it makes you want to start hugging everyone around you.
But that’s not all, because there’s another songwriting powerhouse in the band as well, in the form of Carl Newman, whose solo stuff is splendid in his own right. But as much as I like Case and Newman on their own, put them together and it’s obnoxiously awesome. I mean, totally insane awesome. As if those two weren’t enough, Dan Bejar is a third vocalist and total wild card. If you’ve seen them live, you know what I mean. Anyway, if you are at all a fan of rock music, pop music, or ANY music, there is no way you can’t like this band. That’s a pretty heavy guarantee, I know, but it’s just so good. SO good.
That said, I need to include THREE songs here, one from each singer. Turn up and DEVOUR!
“Myriad Harbour” (from the 2007 album Challengers, Dan Bejar on vocals) —–> [audio:myriad.mp3]
“From Blown Speakers” (from the 2005 album Electric Version, Carl Newman on vocals) —– [audio:blown.mp3]
“Go Places” (from the 2007 album Challengers, Neko Case on vocals) —–> [audio:go.mp3]
2000 – Mass Romantic (Mint)
2003 – Electric Version (Matador)
2005 – Twin Cinema (Matador)
2007 – Challengers (Matador)