Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Boy Bathing

Drawing their name from an Aesop's Fable (which you can find on their website), The Boy Bathing is a four piece band hailing from NYC who just released their debut last month. Titled A Fire To Make Preparations, it's a surprisingly full dose of fourteen tracks that weigh in at over an hour. There are a handful of comparisons I can make listening to this album, which being so long, has different grooves as it progresses.

To start off with, I'd say that David Hurwitz, who handles most of the lead vocals on the album, oftentimes reminds me of Conor Oberst. He's just got that low-key, not going to try to sound like an indie singer type of voice that at times sounds conversational, other times a low growling whisper, and always quite distinctive. In terms of the instruments behind him, Page France jumps into my my mind (and come to think of it, even vocals sometimes that mirror Michael Nau's). The melodies have that simple flow with not a lot going on, but perfectly complete never the less.

The album kicks off with probably the catchiest song of the set: The Beaches Meet The Sea. Listen to it below along with The Miner's Jewels (whose beginning reminds me America's A Horse With No Name).

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