Friday, January 9, 2009

The Maccabees at Futureappletree Studio 1

Friday, January 9, 2009

Do young men still woo young women by tossing small pebbles at the panes of room windows, soft enough to be detected by the sleeper in the identified room, but silent to all those throughout the rest of the home? Do these pebbles peck off of the glass and carom at 45-degree angles, falling to the flooring of a hanging balcony that recalls settings from important scenes in the plays of Shakespeare? Do young men spend their time gathering sweaty palms still, lying awake making nights worrisome with doubt and unrequited love that almost makes them burst like a water balloon? Do they picture themselves climbing up trellises to take their fair maidens into their arms and really just love them truly, not in the sticky, commercialized, lustful way that you see in the big pictures and on the little screens? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, or I believe so, then The Maccabees could be the rightful chroniclers of these uncorrupted feelings of innocent love – the kind that Meredith Wilson wrote and Judy Garland sang about.
---Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter

The artist we're looking at today is Orlando Bloom, the head singer of the Maccabees. I guess I've been in something of a mellow mood the past few days, because these songs, like Alela Diane's, are calm and acoustic; the music itself is quiet, almost hushed, but the words to which the music conforms are nothing short of the boyish heartstrings-on-your-sleeves realization that "I'm in love, but I don't know exactly what that means or what do about it."

Also, I've recently decided I'm a sucker for British accents; I think it's part of being here at the College of St. Thomas More--you can't come unless you are capable of becoming an anglophile. So then, let's indulge in a little anglophilia and a little star-gazing and boyish crushes, and let's listen to Orlando Bloom of the Maccabees try and lull us into love. (First I strongly suggest you read Sean's full review below; it is spot on, and has a lot to say about the different types of loves sung of in songs.)

The Maccabees' Daytrotter Session
The Maccabees - Welcome to Daytrotter
The Maccabees - First Love
The Maccabees - Good Ol' Bill
The Maccabees - Precious Time
The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses


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