Everything you ever wanted from a band!
That’s how I describe the Guillemots, For almost 10 years now I have been dreaming splendidly from the vast array of musical stylings this band has given me. The best part? They show no signs of slowing down as they’ve recently announced their plans to remove the traditional record label filters that tend to slow the delivery of music from artist to fan.
The first album of the four they plan on releasing this year is Hello Land! Eight tracks of pure bliss. My favorite so far is the nearly-seven-minute track, “Up on the Ride.” It’s a three-act musical experience beginning with a falsetto intro over a calm progression of gentle instrumentation that leads into computerized lyrics reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier.” Yet the Guillemots’ version is much more inspirational and up-beat. From the eerie dis-topian second act, the third act picks up into a simple 50s melody. A call and response between Aristazabal and Fyfe that illuminates the sweetness of love. It picks up intensity and turns into a full blown musical whirl-wind.
From start to finish this song is musical theater at it’s best.
Up on the Ride, (2012).
Nothing’s Gonna Bring Me Down, (2012).
Aside from their new release, they have put out more than ten albums in the past. I love all of their songs equally, but here are a few highlights of my absolute favorites. The First song, “Trains to Brazil” is the first of theirs I ever heard. This song never fails. No matter the mood I’m in, if I hear this song, I can’t help but sing along at the top of my lungs. Its optimism and message make me so happy.
Trains to Brazil, (2006).
“Can’t you live and be thankful you’re here, so you could be you tomorrow next year.”
We’re Here, (2006).
“Cause we are just seconds, seconds in a day.”
Walk The River, (2011).
I Must Be a Lover, (2011).
Falling Out of Reach, (2008).
“But darlin’ time will make make amends, you just need a rest, you just need your friends.”
I’ll close with a song that nearly brings me to tears every time I hear it. It’s so magical and powerful.
Sea Out, (2008).