Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Constellations -- It's not Xmas, but here's a present anyways

Happy Halloween. It would seem logical to do a Halloween post today, but I already did a Halloween Mixtape for the Faint of Heart a few days ago. Chalk this anti-climaxicism (it's a word, but don't look it up) to mixture of lack of forethought and poor time management.

Fortunately, I've been waiting for the right time to write about The Constellations. Spoiler alert: that time is now.

The Constellations have been described as Southern Psychedelic Soul-Rock -- which is accurate, but it might not be too helpful until after you've heard them. Now, sometimes when I'm describing a band's musical style, I like to fall back on the ol' adage that "this band is really hard to categorize." Occasionally this is due to the fact that I truly can't articulate their sound, but often it also has to do with the fact that it's 1 AM on a Tuesday and I'm tired. Let me just say this: The Constellations' sound really is hard to classify. Even itunes agrees-- automatically inserting "unclassifiable" in their genre section. True story. Simply put, they probably don't sound like anything else you've ever heard.

According to their website, the band was formed when front-man, Elijah Jones, teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) to create their debut album, Southern Gothic. Now the band is running full steam with eight members, including a "clap squad." Tonight they are also wrapping up a month-long nationwide tour, in promotion of their album. If you haven't heard them on the radio or seen their album in stores yet, let's hope that you will soon. The band just signed a 4-record deal with Virgin Records.

Check out these tunes. They will be a great addition to your Halloween party mix tonight... and to your music library in general. If they ever come to your area, you need to check them out. They put on the sickest live show-- which my friends and I can't ever resist.

The Constellations - A Perfect Day
The Constellations - Felicia

Buy the album here.

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