Monday, April 17, 2006

I will write you love letters...

"The Envy Corps have stopped simply emulating their heroes, (namely Radiohead, Coldplay etc.) and have emerged with an E.P. that solidifies their place among the top bands in the Midwest. “Love Letters” is an amazing seven-song journey where smart lyrics and superb songwriting marry to create a lush soundscape that is as comforting as a lovers grasp. “Rhinemaidens” may be the most well-known track on the record, but soon all seven tracks will be well etched into the memory of everyone lucky enough to have it grace their ears."Tony Tarbox

I am borderline obsessed with the Iowa-based band The Envy Corps. They write indie pop songs that touch perfection. Grant it, my opinion is based on two songs alone; however, what I have are highly accessible songs with catchy melodies and smart lyrics. I listened to "Rhinemaidens" a dozen times before I finally moved on, but not without declaring it one of my new favorite songs. Honestly, at the end of the day, it's songs like these that make me hope that small bands will garner the attention that their talent deserves.

Mp3s from I Will Write You Love Letters If You Tell Me To:

The Envy Corps: Sylvia (The Beekeeper)
The Envy Corps: Rhinemaidens

Buy The Envy Corps's EP and other assorted goodies here.
When you're done shopping, visit the band's myspace page and stream more songs. I highly recommend that you check out the song "Story Problem." The end of the song has handclapping and a live sing-a-long feel that gives the song a warm feeling.

While you're out buying new music, pick up a copy of Beat Radio's Ecstatic EP. I feel the way I did about Beat Radio now as I did when I first heard a handful of their songs. The songs are simple and uncomplicated in the way that the comfortable and known should be.

Mp3s from the Ecstatic EP:
Beat Radio: Elegy
Beat Radio: A Million Miles (my favorite)

Limited editions of the Ecstatic EP are available at CDBaby.


Anonymous kate said...

Just on your recommendation of those two songs, I went out and bought their EP. WOW! They're wonderful! Thanks for the introduction! :)


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