How To Achieve A Disconnect: The Long Winters

22 04 2007

The Long Winters Cover Album Art

Like fragrances and colours, music has the power to change not just one’s state of mind, (which is actually kind of obvious) but also the trappings in which one endures the dullest of quotidian events. Turn on a nice piece and see the hottest of summer afternoons transform into the most pleasant and delightful of evenings. I am sure most Indie lovers have experienced that first hand. The Long Winters is exactly the kind of band that bolsters the trust of us indie-gummers in surrealism. Musical surrealism, that is.

But then again not all songs (genres even) possess that sort of clout. Hip hop, as it is, is yet to get over certain parts of female anatomy– take that homies, ner ner. Admittedly though, even Indie fails to produce such gems regularly. Most of the time, one has to feel content with commonplace tunes. Well as long as it is Indie and tolerable anything goes. Example: Field Music – A House is Not a Home, Love of Diagrams – Pace or the Patience, etc. What were they thinking? It is an atrocity considering how much indie-maniacs like us are in love with all things “obscure”. Obscure reminds me I was going to make this post all about The Long Winters and not turn it into one of my whine sessions. I am tempted to say wine sessions.

The Long Winters are from Washington. Yes, Washington again. The self confessed paranoid John Roderick forms the core of The Long Winters. This singer/songwriter is capable of churning out melodies that prove to be handy whenever you are in that state of ethereal disconnect. However, the USP of the band lies in its lyrics. It is a skill to be able to put complicated thoughts across without being cheesy. “John Roderick writes songs that make you feel like you’ve been talking to someone really interesting in an airport for the last hour and, although you know you’ll never see them again, you just told them your whole life story and a part of you will love them forever. “ (Source: The Long Winters website).

My favourite song by The Long Winters is Delicate Hands (Ultimatum). In fact, this is the first Long Winters song that I heard. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with it (I want to feed you butter-rum candy/but someone beat you to me/beat you to me/someone beat you to me). This is indie at its best. Even though it fits the bill perfectly, let us just forget about the obscure criterion for just once and concentrate on the tune for what it is. I am sure you’d concur it is quite nice.

Pushover from their latest record Putting the Days to Bed is lyrically not as good as Delicate Hands but it kind of makes up for that by flaunting stronger riffs. Fire Island, AK is well groovy and that is why me likes it loads.

Other songs that deserve a mention: Scent of Lime (The Worst You Can Do is Harm), Stupid, Blue Diamond (When I Pretend I Fall)

Songs on LB’s MP3 player: Delicate Hands, Stupid, Fire Island AK

Till we meet next time…

Keep moving forward (Meet the Robinsons style)

Megha 🙂

The Long Winters Discography

Putting The Days To Bed (2006)

  • Pushover
  • Fire Island, AK
  • Teaspoon
  • Hindsight
  • Sky Is Open
  • Honest
  • Clouds
  • Rich Wife
  • Ultimatum
  • (It’s A) Departure
  • Seven

Ultimatum (2005)

  • The Commander Thinks Aloud
  • Ultimatum
  • Everything Is Talking
  • Delicate Hands
  • Bride And Bridle (Live)
  • Ultimatum (Live)

When I Pretend To Fall (2003)

  • Blue Diamonds
  • Scared Straight
  • Shapes
  • Cinnamon
  • Bride And Bridle
  • Blanket Hog
  • It’ll Be A Breeze
  • Stupid
  • Prom Night At Hater High
  • New Girl
  • The Sound Of Coming Down
  • Nora

The Worst You Can Do Is Harm (2002)

  • Give Me A Moment
  • Carparts
  • Samaritan
  • Mimi
  • Medicine Cabinet Pirates
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Government Loans
  • Scent Of Lime
  • Copernicus
  • Shanty Town



2 responses

7 11 2007

Delicate hands is such a damn good song, true nostalgia (in the greek sense of the word) in that song.

16 12 2007

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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