I’d love to start this off with a little bit about how Essex Green are one of the most consistantly underrated of all the Elephant 6 family; but frankly, I never knew a whole lot about them either! But the great thing about their new album Cannibal Sea, is that you don’t have to know their back history to appreciate it. Sure it helps to know that it was written in response to feelings of loneliness in big cities (Brooklyn and Cinci), but it’s not important.
MP3: Essex Green – Don’t Know Why (You Stay)
When the intro kicked in, I was sure that this was going to be another let down. But while it starts off somewhat ordinarily, it’s a whole different game when the vocals enter the mix. Chris Ziter gives a great vocal performance to go along with some inspiring lyrics. Not so much inspiring because they’ll make you want to be a better person; but more along the lines of raising the bar for pop lyrics. Also, I’m going to go ahead and make the prediction that this will appear on the OC. I don’t know why, but I get the feeling that this song has mass appeal and just the right amount of hipness to warrant an appearance on a show that I’m told is pretty good.
Preorder Cannibal Sea for $13 (first 100 orders get a free poster and luggage tag to go with the theme of travel)
Popmatters has an interview with Robert Pollard