but still is spinning out stars in it's wake
and that stubborn light pools in your heart
warm and nacreous baby
the milk of sighs and dreams"
If you've known me for a while you know that I periodically find a band to latch onto with the fervor of a thousand kittens in a tuna cannery. So a while back I was listening to Welcome To Nightvale and it came time for "The Weather" which is when they feature a song, usually by an indie artist. The song was "Quiet Americans" by Shearwater and it filled me with a burning need to buy everything they've ever recorded (still working on that; turns out I'm about 18 years late to the party).
This is another one of those bands that has a revolving cast of musicians but always the same primary songwriter. I kind of hope the current crop stays together for a while.
Rumor has it that's Jonathan Meiburg's actual barber in the video, shaving his head at the end. Wonder what that phone call was like: "Can you cut my hair quickly in a weird location?"
Jonathan Meiburg is that very thing that is most important to me in music, a stellar lyricist. If you like that quote at the top of the page, all the lyrics are like that. Listening to them is like rolling around on velvet, but the velvet is socialist, environmentalist and very angry. But still velvet. So... kind of like reading a Cat Valente book but in music form. Also, the dude is an enormous nerd who is super excited about birds. Here he is waxing rhapsodic about grackles:
The lovely voice reading the question is Emily Lee, the keyboard player. She is omnipresent on twitter, a joy to talk to and shares my love of youtube natural history series The Brain Scoop. It's nerd all the way down in Shearwater.
You should listen. Yes you.