03.03.2015 — “Kisses” by The Poetry Book

The Poetry Book

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Kisses” by The Poetry Book (2015, from the forthcoming album Young Martyrs).

The Poetry Book is a shoegaze/noise rock band from Madrid. The duo of Chris W and Soul R released an EP called First in January, and in advance of their debut album Young Martyrs, they’ve just released a single “Flowers/Kisses”.

I don’t know anything about this band, and there’s nothing about them out there in the internets. I just came across them in my soundcloud feed, and I really like what I’m hearing. I’m really looking forward to their album, whenever it comes out.

In their Facebook bio, they list The Jesus & Mary Chain, FSA, and Joy Division as their influences. Clearly, though, they’re also influenced by the 1960s girl groups in the US, the Phil Spector sound. In a different one of their songs, they employ the famous “Be My Baby” drum bit that I’m so fond of. The Mary Chain used it in at least three songs on Psychocandy, so if it’s good enough for them, it should certainly be good enough for the rest of us.

So without further ado, here’s your song of the day:
“Kisses” by The Poetry Book

I like the drone-y, spacey, sparse intro. Then there’s a big muddy wave and a relentless wall of sound at about 0:35. Later, the vocals come in, but they’re so buried in the mix and obscured by the wall of sound that they’re impossible to make out. They publish the lyrics at the bandcamp page, and they’re quite nice. They way they’ve done the vocal track, though, is the right way. It has to be buried. It has to be indecipherable.

You can download the First EP from bandcamp by naming your price here. You can download the “Flowers/Kisses” single by naming your price here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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