Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Celluloid Bachelor #24: Finneyerkes "Elsie"

Wouldn't you know it - I finally discover this new band and the most recent post on their myspace page (dated 11 days ago) informs me that they've just broken up. I knew it was too good to be true to find indie awesomeness in Millbrook Alabama. They should've stayed together just for that reason - holding the line against commercial country and hyper-Christian cultural domination.

Oh well. We still get to enjoy the video they left us with. "Elsie" has this wonderfully simple animation that moves and circles around a few central images. The track is almost entirely instrumental, with this really chill and repitive delicate refrain as the core of the sound, with a ruggedness entering in near the end and sparse moments of poetry recited over the top. Overall a pretty cool artifact - and a shame Finneyerkes won't be around to bring us more.

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