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Song Sparrow Research –
Welcome to the Potato Famine

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photo credit goes to Ethan Welty

Music just lands in my lap. God damn I’m a lucky man. And while there’s a lot of crap out there, some of the stuff that makes it to my ears is just amazing.

The most recent present has been a debut record from a Seattle band called Song Sparrow Research. I would have never heard of these guys if I wasn’t into the blogging game. So call me the prophet sent to pass along these sounds and have them hit your ears. (pretentious much?) You don’t need to answer that. I already know the answer. (it’s yes by the way)

Welcome to the Potato Famine is nothing that’s going to blow your head off. It’s just a solid debut album from guys who know how make some kick ass sounds. And in my eyes, that’s all i can ever ask for when listening a new band/record.

Check out the track “Told to Send” from the album.

I give these guys lots of props for pulling off a record inside of a giant metalworking warehouse in an industrial neighborhood of Seattle. A place I’ve never visited myself, but I can paint the most incredible images in my mind while I listen to Welcome to the Potato Famine.

As far as how the album sounds? It’s got influences from across the board. I’m not even going to try to pin some down because I feel I’d fail miserably. But with the wide range of influences, they still seem to manage a cohesive album full of 8 songs. And you think 8 songs doesn’t make up a full record? Well bring that up with Radiohead on King of Limbs.

The track “Told to Send” is kind of a highlight for me. Throw in some Neil Young(ish) solos (except playing more than one or two notes) and you’ve got a couple minutes of a journey you’re on.

Head to their bandcamp page and name your price for the record. Have some faith in your man here. It’s worth it.

One Response to “Song Sparrow Research –
Welcome to the Potato Famine”

  1. Alvin Kodish says:

    Just have a choice of ALAC downloads. Then get a set of speakers that meet your standards, depending on how much of an audiophile you might be, and there we now have it.Not every person needs a $100,000 set of speakers, as well as the few who is able to hear the difference (and the even fewer that can reasonably afford it), have at it. Not everyone can hear the difference between 320 kbps and ALAC, don’t assume all speakers can reproduce a change, and not everyone cares; that’s perfectly.Music is definitely an art, just like artwork itself. When you can be content to view a 4 megapixel image of the Jewish bride by rembrandt on your computer, that’s fine. Others wouldn’t be content until they see it in person.Therefore i sort of trust him that digital music is shuffled around in the degraded state, however it doesn’t have to be, as well as for those who care enough, it is not. As for piracy, Baby, Get Your Head Screwed On

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