I’ve discovered this awesome track by bluesy-folk band Side Saddle, off their September release The Astorian. I wouldn’t lie to you, the whole album is pretty good, and this song is my favourite just by a fraction. Some other great ones to watch out for are “Halcyon” and “Something I said”. The band hails from the town Astoria, thus titling the album after their roots. If The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie had a baby, this is what it would sound like. Its a really refreshing style, which fans of the Decemberists will love. Its the sort of fresh spring morning soundtrack that would be the song playing for a movies opening sequence. I hope you like it as much as I do.
The Shins and I have been in an on-off relationship since we met in my final year of high school. I was 18, Garden State had come out the year before, and there was an underground buzz about this band.
A lot happened between when I met The Shins and when I began varsity, and for me they were the soundtrack to those changing years. Pink Bullets (still my favorite song of theirs) saw me through my first heartbreak, and Phantom Limb inspired me when writing my English 101 essays. Most recently Port of Morrow walked me through the death of my Nanna.
Can one band mean so much to a person? When their sound is this unique, and they’re lyrics so intriguing, yeah I think so.
<p>Article by Aimee McDonald</p>
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