I don’t think it’s possible for me to love Eagle*Seagull any more than I do at this moment. Their last album was some good plunking piano-pop, but now… now they’re a whole new beast. E*S posted two new songs on their Myspace, both of which are just reek of the Cure. They’re fantastic and have me supremely excited for their upcoming album (early 2008).
MP3: Eagle*Seagull – You Can’t Call Yourself a Secret
If anyone at NME catches on to this, Eagle*Seagull could blow up in Europe. There’s just this perfect mixture of the Cure’s sound, with an edgy type of individualism that the filthier of British mags seem to love to revel in. Is that a bad thing? No. In fact, you can count me among Eagle*Seagull’s strongest supporters — and with songs like this, it’s easy to see why. The chorus is a near-perfect example of small parts adding up to something great: the guitar darts, rather than strums — a trick pulled from Wire by tons of contemporary bands (e.g. Franz Ferdinand), but it works so well up against the simple bass backing and a pair of violins doubling the melody. This is what happens when a great song structure collides with great production.
Stream “I’m Sorry, But I’m Beginning to Hate Your Face” at their Myspace
The best thing about all of this is that these two still aren’t as good as some of the live material they’ve been playing lately. “The Boy With The Serpent in His Heart” is absolutely killer.