Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist: 2/24/12

By Nick Kiniris

Coming from our very own San Francisco, Girls (the band, not the gender) took the world of hipster bloggers by storm a couple years back with their debut album and the Broken Dreams Club EP.
When those releases came out, I had trouble digesting them, thinking that the love songs were too sappy and the vocalist was too emo. However, with their newest album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, I think I’m beginning to understand what they’re all about.
The main aspect of this album that makes it a zinger is the sheer amount of genres they’ve covered.
There are bouncy, catchy pop songs like “Honey Bunny” and “Magic,” as well as a few songs embellished with background soul vox like “Vomit” and “My Love Is Like A River.” There’s even the blues–metal jam “Die,” which has a sweet Black Sabbath–esque riff.
Although they bounce from genre to genre, Girls still manages to make each song uniquely their own, and nothing seems out of place.
In a way, their diverse, changing sound reminds me of their fellow San Fransiscans, The Ovens, a band you should check out right now.
That’s a compliment. Overall, this is a solid album and has led me to the conclusion that perhaps I can dig Girls after all, even if their front man reminds me of an even more emo Kurt Cobain, minus the anger.
Another 2011 release, Iceage has also been the talk of many a bloggers.
And with good reason, as these young (possibly in highschool?) Danes (yes, from Denmark) have released something truly in a league of its own.
Instrumentally, it sometimes reminds me of black metal with its barrage of noise but it also has a distinct post–punk feel as well as echoey, gothic vocals; think Darkthrone meets Joy Division.
I’ve heard their sound described as “structured collapse” and I have to agree; the music is collapsing and deteriorating as it progresses. Highlights include “White Rune” which is about white runes, deathbeds and a marching church, “You’re Blessed,” and the raw breakdown in “New Brigade.”
Besides those, also look up the fan–made music video for “Broken Bone”; the psychedelic visuals really compliment the song.
Above all, what really holds the whole album together is its raw energy, something that is often lacking today in music of any kind.
Have a great week Berkeley High, my co–columnist, Nora, will be here next week discussing more music for you.