1) Fruit Bats -- The Ruminant Band
Fruit Bats is the moniker of one Eric Johnson (also of the Shins), who writes delightfully twangy and upbeat pop songs, somewhere between lush chamber pop and toe-tapping alt-country. What started off as a dude with a tape machine in his bedroom quickly morphed into something bigger when Johnson gathered a band in 2000; in 2002, they signed with SubPop and the rest is history. Or rather, the rest has been whimsical, summery tunes that make you want to clap your hands and do a little dance.
The Ruminant Band, their most recent offering, is no different. These are beautiful, breezy, full-sounding songs with shimmering beats, emotive piano and complex, storied lyrics, that all together feel like summer, or a bbq outdoors. Individually of course, there's variety, from "My unusual friend"--a steady-rolling Beatles-esque radio ditty--to "Beautiful morning light," a gentle tune for morning time, before your coffee.
"Tegucigalpa" reminds me most of the Shins, thanks mostly to Johnson's wiry vocals and elastic melodies...
...and the title track is pretty great as well!
Fruit Bats hit Kung Fu Necktie on September 12 -- I can think of no better way to cherish the waning days of summer than with these playful, mellow tunes.
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