Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sounds Like: The Acorn

The Acorn are an indie band hailing from Ottawa, Canada that have been releasing albums since 2004.  I became aware of them over the summer and I don't specifically remember how.  I do remember though that after the first time I heard their song 'Flood Pt. 1' off of their 2007 concept album Glory Hope Mountain that I went on to listen to the song another five times straight.  It's just that good.

I've put a bit of thought into how I'd describe the song to someone who hadn't yet heard it and the best I could come up with was: David Byrne fronting Arcade Fire covering Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints.  If you find that at all intriguing, I urge you to listen to it.  Let us know who you think it sounds like.

The Acorn
The Flood, Pt. 1

Do you know what's great about an awesome song with Part 1 in the title?  That's right...there's always a Part 2.  And this follow-up track couldn't be more different stylistically than the first, but its no less impressive.  The Flood Pt. 2 is harder for me to classify, but it's something closer to Band of Horses covering a McCartney ballad with backup vocals from CSN.

The Flood Pt. 2


Anonymous said...

very cool band, at least after listening to these tracks. Made me want to see and listen more.

As for the post, pretty darn accurate descriptions. I'm hearing David Byrne channeling late 70s mid 80s George Harrison, but the rest of the description is dead on.

Part. 2 has a strong introspective Neil young vibe, which is pretty awesome.

thanks for putting this out there and in front of your readers. Acorn owes you one.

WeightStaff said...

Agreed. There is definitely a heavy undertone of Neil Young going on in Flood Pt.2 -- not hearing the McCartney though...

Either way, this is very good. Will check out more of them.