Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin!
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:
Future Islands. "Seasons (Waiting on You)"- If you haven't already seen the video of Future Islands performing this song on Letterman a couple weeks ago, go ahead and do that now:
Now then. One of the things about this video and its viral success is that folks -- including Letterman -- are taken aback by Sam Herring's dance moves, his frantic energy, his chest-pounding and pointing and all that. Here's the thing: That's what he does. For every song. Anytime he performs live. What's more, he writes pointed, poetic lyrics (he is, as it turns out, a fan of the late Pittsburgh poet Jack Gilbert), and delivers them sincerely.
Pattern is Movement, "The River" - I'd been waiting five years for a new album from this Philadelphia duo. Weird time-signature stuff, chamber-pop leanings and great vocals color this new self-titled release, much like their previous album; think Dirty Projectors, but a little more minimalist.