Sunday Suggestion – The Shins – So Now What?

James Mercer of The Shins and Broken Bells produced a contribution to the soundtrack of Zack Braff’s kickstarter film ‘Wish I Was Here’. It’s a reunion of sorts between the two with both gaining a lot of attention for the film ‘Garden State’ and this soundtrack for this film also includes Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power as Braff looked to make the music an integral part of the film. Off the back of a very solid Broken Bells album with Danger Mouse; James Mercer had written a typically dreamy and floating piece of indie pop to the film through The Shins gazing delivery. Light and airy synths chime to open the track as Mercer’s echoing and ranging vocal to light the song even higher into the clouds. The floating and motion slowing chorus is tugged back down slightly in the verse and bridge with close jangling and lightly charged riffs and Mercer’s swinging lower tonally before being lifted back up into the air by the time the chorus arrives. It’s the ultimate daydreamers song.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Bon Iver – Heavenly Father

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon returns with Bon Iver’s first new material in three years and it’s another addition to the highly commendable Wish You Were Here OST from Zach Braff. Last week we showcased The Shins contribution to it and today is Bon Iver’s turn in what is a very shrewd way to promote a film with it being tied in so much to it’s music. Both entities intertwined to add to each visually and audibly. Through the looping drones and washes of analogue electronica; Justin’s quaking, yet calm and soaring vocal reverberates and rises far above the disjointed loops and acoustic rattles atop of it. The song crawls forth in a sad and limping fashion as the vocals guide it along as they sweep across it. This combination emphasises the soaring and hopeful boasts yet are anchored down by the unfamiliar and disjointed reality of the looping tracks. Something I’m sure will be even more vivid in the film. The lyrics are sobering and reflective as they reveal the lingering fears he sings of and so brings it back to the unfamiliar and disjointed loops again. That uncertain undercurrent throughout what is a simple yet completely effective track. Another great addition to Zach Braff’s upcoming film.