I came across the Grand Archives oddly enough, through a recommendations from GQ, one of the things you should be talking about this month. Well, it turns out they were definitely right as I haven’t been able to stop listening to their new album, The Grand Archives.
The band was formed by ex-Band of Horses singer and guitarist Mat Brookes, who gathered some of his Seattle friends together and started a band that wouldn’t be so damn depressing (a la Band of Horses last album), but sound much more inspired by the pop sounds of The Beach Boys or The Bee Gees. And honestly, if you compare to BoH, you’re listening to something much more detailed and pop-oriented, with lots of harmonizing and folk-y riffs.
I had wondered what the hell happened to BoH, because their new album is pretty horrible, and it kind of feels like Mat Brookes was definitely the heart and soul of that band. But thankfully he’s put those parts somewhere else, and he and his friends have created a wonderful album, which coincidentally comes out this Tuesday from Sub Pop.
Miniature Birds by Grand Archives (mp3)