Check out the video for “Reason” from Said The Whale below.
Since Said The Whale put out Little Mountain (Hidden Pony) last month my appreciation has grown daily for the somewhat new direction the band has gone in.
Having expected a more folk-driven album the cleaned up and much bigger production of songs felt unfamiliar upon first listen yet something told me to stick with it, that it was only my own biased misconceptions that were keeping me from hearing Said The Whale’s Little Mountain for what it truly is. I’m glad I did since it is a really damn good album
Here we are almost two months since its release and Little Mountain comfortably sits on my best album’s of 2012 list, “The Reason” is a good example of why. The catchy delivery is still intact from 2009’s Howe Sounds/ Taking Abalonia yet now things feel more swoon and less roots, I get the feeling Ben Worcester was listening heavily to Morrissey and Cohen before heading into the studio, which we all can agree is never a bad thing.
Little Mountain is a great album, I highly advise you make the effort to hear it for yourself.