Thursday, March 20, 2008

ALBUM: Take another picture with your click, click, click, click...

Bishop Allen's album, Bishop Allen & The Broken String, has been on heavy rotation for me lately.

Made up originally of just two friends, Justin Rice and Christian Rudder, the band draws its name from Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, Mass. - where the two lived together after college.

And their music seems to reflect just that kind of friendly familiarity - the kind that makes you feel comfortable, like you just want to sit back and stay awhile. The album is so upbeat and catchy, but at the same time has enough depth to it that it makes it more than just a casual listen. There are points on the album that remind me of so many other groups that I enjoy, but not in the copycat sort of way - more like I'm sitting around with some new friends and discovering that we have the same taste in music, and being pretty stoked about it. That's about the best way I can describe my experience with this album. Like a bunch of friends sitting around, connecting and having a good time.

So here's a taste. If you happen to like it too, you might be interested to know that in addition to this and their first album, Bishop Allen released a four song EP for every month in 2006. That's 12 EPs and two albums to explore. Pretty cool, huh? Yep. It sure is.

from the album Bishop Allen & the Broken String (Amazon/iTunes)

check out some more free mp3's on their website... here!

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