February 10, 2011

Music Is... Elbow: Build A Rocket Boys! - Neat Little Rows (single)

Ahh, yet another new band and sound to listen to. Elbow, consisting of band members Guy Garvey, Mark Potter, Cragi Potter, Pete Turner and Richard Jupp are a Brittish based alternative rock band. Interesting, from what I could find the band derived their name from a BBC drama titled The Singing Detective. A character in the seies (Phillip Marlowe) says the word "elbow" is the most sensuous word in the English language. Not for its definition, but how it feels to say it. Hmm, I don't know about you but I've never thought about that. Their history also includes four studio albums: "Asleep In The Back"(2001), "Cast Of Thousands"(2003), "Leaders Of The Free World"(2005), and "The Seldom Seen Kid"(2008), all charting within the top 20 UK charts for their year. Forming in England they initially called themselves "Mr. Soft", changing it later to "Soft" and by 1997 they changed the name to its current title. Elbow have been associated with various labels over years, from independent label Ugly Man, to highly documented labels such as V2, and Fiction Records all of which are based or were created in the United Kingdom. I'm not sure if their were anymore labels but these days they continue on with V2 and Fiction Records. Quite a bit of awards have been bestowed upon them throughout their continuous span, among them the Brit Award and the Ivo Novello award. The later of the awards is named after Cardiff, Wales born entertainer Ivo Novello, presented yearly in London by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors).

This group has opened up for various acts and covered a good bit of songs. Regarding this album, I haven't seen but one video and heard the same song 'Neat Little Rows'. What attracts me towards this song primarily is the offset feel of the beat. The drums and guitar don't sound in sync initially but you quickly realize they are. It's a nice pattern and in a way reminds me of Cold Play's 'Viva La Vida', as far as drum pattern. Another nice ingredient to this track is the spacey, far-out effect the keyboard gives to the background. Makes the song feel as though it has literal depth and mass. I like tracks like that. Gives you the feeling that they're playing right in your face, much appreciated. I haven't grasped the meaning of this one yet. I'm sure it's something pretty symbolic, if not to others, at least to them, but I'd still like to figure it out. I haven't found a lyrics sheet either so I'll have to listen closely.

Congrats on a new find if this is the first time you've heard of these guys like it is for me. Check their single out, you're sure to dig it.

    "Asleep In The Back"
"Leaders Of The Free World"
"The Seldom Seen Kid"

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