Friday, 12 October 2012

Friday Feature - Eisley

This week's Friday Feature are Eisley, an indie pop band from Texas, United States. Though being named after Mos Eisley from Star Wars there is nothing retro about Eisley instead really tight, lilting vocal harmonies courtesy of sisters Chauntelle, Sherri and Stacy and extremely polished instrumentals. Their songs range from playful to incredibly passionate (once again thanks to the quality of their vocals and also a heavy use of stringed instruments) but all with a magical quality due to a strong use of lyrical imagery - an Eisley love song isn't just a love song, it's a love song with magical forests and paper moons.

Where will I have heard them before?

These guys are actually really popular in the USA already however if you're not certain where you may have heard them it was probably at festival - for instance I discovered them on Spin's 2011 Bamboozle mixtape - or a tour, either one of their own or supporting some artists you will definitely know such as Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Brand New, Snow Patrol, New Found Glory, Hot Hot Heat, Switchfoot, Taking Back Sunday, The Fray, Bleach and Mutemath.

Conversely you may have caught music by Sherri's side project Perma or Stacy's side project Sucre.

Featured Song: Smarter

Where can I hear more?

Sorry - no free songs at the moment however there are three albums for you to enjoy (plus a fourth on the way). If I had to recommend just one for you to start with it would be The Valley - it really is a joy and a journey you won't forget.

What is their website?

Next week: Kids on the Slope / 坂道のアポロン / Sakamichi no Aporon

Bonus fact: Rose Dupree from The Automated Heart is named after Eisley's sisters due to the influence Eisley had on Rose's emotional journey and the magical aspects of the script. Igor Landers is named after Paul from Rammstein to reflect the influence Rammstein had on the horror side as well as Nancy and Dr Sandhill's characters.

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