1000 Minutes: Andy #6

Today’s installment of my 1000 Minutes project finds me with a couple of new-ish songs – one from 2 years ago, the other from last year.

11. Andrew Bird – Plasticities (mp3) (4:29) [Time Remaining: 958:31] from Armchair Apocrypha

Layered thick with pizzicato violin, whistles, crunchy guitar and handclaps, this song is a tour de force.  Warnings about government control never sounded so good.

12. Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains (mp3) (4:26) [Time Remaining: 954:05] from Fleet Foxes

Yes, we just put up some Fleet Foxes yesterday, but this song was far and away my favorite from the album that was far and away my favorite of 2008.  I think this song showcases the band at their instrumental best.  It doesn’t boast the soaring harmonies that a lot of reviewers rave over, but the jangly guitar, plinking keys and driving drum all build up to provide one of the most overwhelmingly beautiful songs in recent memory.

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