Rogue Wave are set to release their fifth studio album, Nightingale Floors on June 4th via Vagrant, and our first listen is in the single “College”. The brainchild of Zach Schwartz (aka Zach Rogue), Rogue Wave formed in 2002 in Oakland, CA. While the line-up has changed from album to album, the two constants have always been Zach and drummer Pat Spurgeon. Nightingale Floors finds the group secure in its sound and brimming with confidence. The result can only be described as a triumphant return to form.
I’m guessing that you know by now that I recently got married, as the site has been a little dusty for over a week (honeymoon) and I took the liberty of using Indie Music Filter as a way of sending a love note to my future wife on the wedding day. Well, I’m almost done with the wedding posts, so hang in there if you’ve had enough already. This post is about the song that Tara and I danced our first dance to.
Last year while talking about which song that would be, we identified two sort of front runners. “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros (which is by far one of my favourite songs) and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s uke cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. We moved on from the former, as we wanted a song that our guests would be able to hear and understand the lyrics to. The latter sort of disqualified itself as we had been to another wedding where friends had chosen that song as theirs. This was all around the time I was really getting into the self-titled solo album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert (or Alexander). Track 7 is this beautiful song called “A Million Years”, which is all about falling in love and “finding that girl”. Many times while hearing this song together, in the car or at home, Tara and I looked at each and kind of knew this was our sort of song.
After we decided to choose this song as the one we’d like to dance to, I pulled this off magically (see below).
A signed LP from Alexander with these words.
Dear Chris and Tara,
Wishing that all your days together be filled with all the beauty of life!
I got the album framed and tried my best for months not to blow the secret. I surprised Tara with the LP at our wedding rehearsal and she loved it. Two days later, we danced our first dance to it, singing along as our guests looked on. Now when I hear Alexander’s song “A Million Years”, I’ll go right back to that day and to that dance.
This post is my chance to thank Alexander (from Tara and I) for the kind words and for writing a song that is now a big part of my life.
Finally, like every post I put up on this site, this post is to tell you about great music. Hopefully you’ve heard this song in question, if not, do yourself a favour and watch the video for “A Million Years” below.
I’ll jump on board.
Here’s Chicago four-piece California Wives with a song they’d like to hear called “Marianne”. I’m supposed to know the bands’ well received 2010 EP entitled, Affair, but it looks as if I missed that one. The band are in the midst of wrapping their debut full-length album (release date and title still to-be-announced) which will be out on Vagrant Records.
For fans of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The War On Drugs.
I dig this. New song and the first single to be released off the upcoming album Ghostory from duo School of Seven Bells, due out February 28th next year. Vagrant will be putting out the disc and they’re pretty much my favourite label at the moment, but I can’t tell you why just yet.