So. The way I am with albums is that when I listen to them for the first time I think it’s really important to listen to them in order and not skip tracks or anything. Just sit and listen. But when you have a song you’re really excited to hear it’s hard to resist skipping to that track, but NO! That’s cheating. You have to wait. Be patient (!!!). I get really excited when other people are excited about music, I wish I had the ability to get everyone as excited as I am about the albums I love. It’s the same with live acts, when someone raves about a band it makes me excited to see them. Basically, I spend most of my time in quite an excitable state.
Anyway, the weekend before last Alessi was telling me about this amazing song by Heartless Bastards called Hold Your Head High and she was really excited about it and sang some of the song and then I got pretty excited to hear it (circle of excitement, you see) and endevoured to listen to the album as soon as I could. Then at work on Thursday I was telling my friend Rich about being excited by this band and wanting to hear the album, and because he is amazing he brought me in a nice shiny shrink wrapped copy of the album the next day. I unwrapped it and had a look at the tracklist. There was the song, track four! I could hear Alessi’s version in my head and imagine her being all swoony (the same kind of swoony I get with Scary Mansion etc etc) and wanted to get straight to that track, but that breaks my first-time-album-listening rules and I had to resist the urge to dive in to track four.
The first three tracks were a blast, I had listened to the first and title track, The Mountain, before. But it was especially wonderful to get to track four, Hold Your Head High. It was as lovely as Alessi said. I have trouble sitting still at the best of times (I feel sorry for anyone who sits around me) but I think it is actually physically impossible to sit still whilst listing to Heartless Bastards. The whole record is beautiful, it’s so rich. I have only just had time to put it on my ipod today, but now it’s there I’m sure I’ll listen to it several more times in the next few days. Another track that particularly caught my ear is So Quiet. Erika Wennerstrom has such a powerful voice. Amazing.
If you’re having a bad day or a good day or if you just woke up, or if you’re going to bed, listen to this song. It could be just the thing you needed to hear. There’s a great video of the band playing it in a studio. Watch watch watch. Be excited! Yay.