Port O'brien / Wind And The Swell, The
Album: Wind And The Swell, The   Collection:General
Artist:Port O'brien   Added:Aug 2007
Label:American Dust  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-11-25 Pull Date: 2008-01-27
Week Ending: Jan 20 Jan 13 Jan 6 Dec 2
Airplays: 1 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 02, 2008: MusicTime!
I Woke Up Today
4. Feb 26, 2008: At Your Local Dive (Noisepop Special!)
I Woke Up Today
2. Nov 18, 2008: MusicTime!
I Woke Up Today
5. Jan 29, 2008: At Your Local Dive
Tree Bones
3. Sep 18, 2008: At Your Local Dive
I Won't Look Back
6. Jan 29, 2008: I once was Canadian
I Woke Up Today

Album Review
Reviewed 2007-11-19
(sometimes) LOCAL. Seafaring, sometimes gang-vocalled modern folk songs from this Oakland/ Alaska group. The main songwriter and some of the rest of the band spends his summers working in the fishing industry in Alaska, so seafaring themes aren't uncommon. There's a medium-to-lo-fi aesthetic. The point of comparison I hear most clearly is Hayden. This is a collection of previous (and out-of-print) EPs.

My picks: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12 FCC: 2

1. I love this song. Wild gang vocals over darkish guitar and simple percussion.
2. FCC ("fuck" with 0:27 remaining) mid-tempo, back-beat strummed guitar. doubled vocals.
3. med-slow. guitar with a light background drum kit.
4. med-slow. picked and strummed guitars with shakers. f lead vox.
5. med-slow. guitar and vocals, drums later. nice main riff and chorus.
6. slow. starts with random percussion. minor guitar and gang vocals, clapping and whistling.
7. med-slow. banjo and guitar. far-off gang vocals.
8. slow. strummed guitar and gang vocals.
9. med-slow. strummed guitars, light snare drum, vocals.
10. med-slow. soft guitar. strained vocals. gang vocals later on.
11. mid-tempo. nice song with just guitar and vocals till drums come in about 2/3 the way through.
12. version of 1 that is med-slow and subdued.

Track Listing
1. I Woke Up Today   7. A Bird Flies By
2. My Eyes Won't Shut   8. A Branch Of You And Me
3. A Puffin   9. Anchor
4. Tree Bones   10. Rest My Head
5. I Won't Look Back   11. Five And Dime
6. Split   12. Simple Way