Now that the first new Marmoset recordings in over 5 years are conveniently available in a tangible format entitled ‘Florist Fired’, you’re probably wishing to know more about this band who’s compact disc or long player you now hold in your hands. Lucky for you, we caught up with the band in Indy a couple weeks back and learned about jailbreaks, Rush, and walking the streets. Somewhere in between the guys provide a Cliff Notes version of their existence and commentary on their future classics.
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We’re eagerly anticipating the release of “Dressed Up For The Let Down”, the sophomore album from Richard Swift on February 20. While you may know him primarily as a musician, this former resident of LA spends a great deal of time as a film-maker when he’s not in the studio or on stage. At the moment, in fact, he’s in the midst of directing the video for the lead-off single “Kisses For The Misses” in his new home out in the sticks of Oregon. To tide you over until that video is complete, though, we present to you the video for the song “Beautifulheart”, which was also directed by and stars Mr. Swift. “Beautifulheart” actually comes from Swift’s double album “The Collection Vol. 1: The Novelist / Walking Without Effort” which was released by Secretly Canadian in 2005. Commissioned by Polydor Records – Swift’s new label in the UK – the video for “Beautifulheart” is a stop-motion delight, reminiscent of Svankmajer or the Brothers Quay.
You can watch the video for “Beautiful Heart” right here:
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You can preview the song “Kisses For The Misses” as a free downloadable MP3 right here:
As you can tell from “Kisses For the Misses”, with “Dressed Up For The Let Down”, Swift has confidently composed yet another original masterpiece; employing an archaic attitude of tempered restraint on a fresh collection of ten songs, without appearing shamelessly retro or kitschy. Playing a vast majority of the instruments on Dressed Up himself, by virtue Swift has created something that is characteristically his. And considering his rough-around-the-edges exterior, one could rightly assume that Swift desires the listener to accept him as an ordinary honest man with some honest songs – unmasked blemishes and all. Yet when one engages with Swift on this narrow-road-less-traveled, one immediately ignores the subtle imperfections shadowed by the all-consuming white light of well-crafted pop songs in an analog heaven. In effect he’s saying, “Just listen to my songs… the riffraff in the background is inconsequential.”
Be the first to purchase the Swearing At Motorists’ “Last Night Becomes This Morning” CD/LP or Horns Of Happiness’ “Would I Find Your Psychic Guideline” 12″ by going to our Mailorder Page and ordering now. While you’re at it, go check out Swearing At Motorists on tour with The Hold Steady and the Plastic Constellations. When not playing in Horns Of Happiness, Aaron Deer holds steady his “other” band the Impossible Shapes, who are hitting the road for a month starting Valentine’s Day, kicking off a stint with the venerable Drakkar Sauna.