Dntel – (This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan
Here’s some more pop music painted via point-and-click.
The Postal Service was the collaboration that won them many hearts (and lots of cash), but the first collaboration between Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello was under Tamborello’s Dntel moniker.
I liked The Postal Service OK, though it’s even wimpier than the 80’s synthpop it is emulating – it should be a warning sign, when you sound like The Pet Shop Boys could take your lunch money – and I LIKE The Pet Shop Boys.
But I really wish they had followed through with this original sound. It starts with a bit of static, the clattering beat is slightly-blown-speaker-sounding, and there’s an oscillating soundwave at the back of the production that reminds me of the swoon of My Bloody Valentine.
All of which means, of course, that it sounds like love to me.
múm are really nice too. If Iceland is half as beautiful and strange as they (and Björk) make it sound, I really hope to make it there one day:
múm – Green Grass of Tunnel
múm – We Have a Map of the Piano
This last one isn’t an exact fit, because it sounds more old-school analogue synth to me. But it’s a heartbreakingly beautiful song nonetheless, so we’ll end with it.
Future Bible Heroes are another Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields) project, and “The World is a Disco Ball” is a song about dancing that you can’t dance to.
More of a soothing, ticking lullaby, its central metaphor – the planet as mirrorball, each one of us a single part of the shining mosaic whole – is, like its sturdy and lovely melody, brilliantly simple and straightforwardly comforting, especially coming from a songwriter often known for his biting (if very funny) cynicism.
Next time you’re down, keep this in mind:
Future Bible Heroes – The World is a Disco Ball
Here’s a playlist with songs from parts I and II, and more: