Music Mondays: Spielbergs, Buzzy Lee, and Grouper


Spielbergs, Buzzy Lee, and Grouper

Greetings all! This week we’re checking out Spielbergs, Buzzy Lee, and Grouper.  What do they all have in common? Very little other than two are EP’s and one is barely more than an EP. Let’s get into it!

Spielbergs: Distant Star

Spielbergs: Distant Star

Checking in with only five tracks, Spielbergs’ debut EP, Distant Star, is the longest “album” this week with a brisk 23:44 running time. Let me assure you, though, those 23 minutes and 44 seconds are outstanding. Tracks We Are All Going to DieDaisy! It’s the New Me, and Distant Star burn with insistent energy. Ghost Boy and Setting Sun offer different vibes – the former starts like some gossamer-winged faerie who has rejected the mystical ways in favor of glam punk. The latter settles into an easy constant like ocean waves dulled by alcohol.

This is a first for me. Usually I get a couple listens on an album before presenting it to you the adoring reader(s). This was one I picked out while working this evening and I knew immediately I needed to pass it along. Sorry, there’s no link to a band website to check out more. These gents from Oslo, Norway don’t have a site, but it appears there’s something on the dreaded Fbook or you can check them out on Twitter @Spielbergsband. SPOILER ALERT: Unless something wild happens this will be on my year end Best of.

Oh, before I forget, rumor has it the band was struggling for band names until one night while watching Close Encounters (of The Third Kind) a friend close to the band suggested the name. Speaking of…

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Buzzy Lee: Facepaint

Buzzy Lee: Facepaint

Buzzy Lee, AKA Sasha Spielberg (yep, Steven’s daughter) with collaborator/producer Nicolas Jaar, also released her debut EP, Facepaint, last Friday. This five-track EP clocks in at just 18:27 of moody introspection. The mood isn’t depressing, though, it’s more dreamlike. This album is the subconscious realizing through your sleep cycle what the hell is happening with your life. The EP is almost like a child raised by the village of Tori Amos, Lana Del Rey, and Kate Bush.

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Grouper: Grid of Points

Grouper: Grid of Points

Grid of Points is the latest recording by Grouper. Much like Buzzy Lee above this isn’t a band, it’s a project by musician Liz Harris. I don’t necessarily understand the trend of releasing an album by a project’s name rather than the artist’s name. Perhaps they don’t want to confuse their brand? If that’s the case, I’d like to point these people to David Bowie to see how it worked out for him. I digress…

At seven tracks, this is considered a full album and not an EP (even though it’s only 21:51). Time means nothing, however, with this stark beauty. The tracks are mostly a single instrument with Harris’ breathy vocals. I should add an asterisk to that last statement. Because it sounds like it was recorded in a cavernous environment, the empty air acts like another instrument. It adds a haunting element to every track. If you want to learn more about Grouper, the official site mirrors the album. Okay, those are my quick thoughts. What are yours?

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