Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on February 27, 2008

DOWNLOAD: The Acorn - The Flood Pt. 1 (MP3)

The ACorn

Like NPR, KEXP, Stereogum, Gorilla vs Bear, Chromewaves, and Cokemachineglow, I'm liking what (little) I've heard from Canadian band The Acorn.

After the initial dabbling with a laptop in his bedroom, singer Rolf Klausener decided to try a more traditional approach. While incorporating all sorts of zany instruments into music is the soup du jour, The Acorn uses the staples to arrive at their otherworldly sound. The Ottawa-based band's latest album is a series of narratives relating to the life of Klausener's Honduran mother, Gloria Esperanza Montoya. During the two years it took to create the album, Klausener studied traditional Honduran percussion and rhythms, nowhere more apparent than on 'The Flood, Pt. 1', which falls in with some of the best musical hybrids of the past year (Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer). Elsewhere on the album, the Honduran influence meanders its way back in the mix, becoming another mystifying layer in this highly original psychedelic and artsy folk-rock. The band's tour dates are slim, but they can't keep the fans waiting forever, and this album is certain to find fans across the globe. [KEXP]
Check them out in NYC tonight (Feb 27) and Friday w/ Bowerbirds & Phosphorescent, or at one of their other upcoming shows.....

The Acorn - 2008 Tour Dates
Feb 27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (w/ Bowerbirds & Phosphorescent)
Feb 28 - Hoboken, NY @ Maxwell's (w/ The Lisps, Deadly Syndrome)
Feb 29 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Bowerbirds, Phosphorescent)
Mar 6 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe (CMW)
Mar 8 - Chicago, IL @ Shuba's
Mar 11 - Denton, TX @ Dan's Silver Leaf
Mar 12 - Austin, TX @ Emo Annex (SXSW) [afternoon show]
Mar 12 - Austin, TX @ Habana Patio (PBR/Upper Class SXSW show) [evening show]
Mar 13 - Austin, TX @ Cedar Door (SXSW)
Mar 14 - Austin, TX @ TBA (SXSW)
Mar 15 - Austin, TX @ TBA (SXSW)
Mar 20 - Guelph, ON @ E Bar
Mar 29 - Wakefield, QC @ Black Sheep Inn
Mar 30 - Wakefield, QC @ Black Sheep Inn

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Tags: SXSW, The Acorn

Comments (13)

"some of the best musical hybrids of the past year (Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer)."

I really don't have a problem with VW's music, but this afrobeat hybrid hype is waaaaaay overstated and reeks of lazy and uninformed critical writing. lifting a rhythm from another style of music can make pop songs sound fresh, but can anyone really listen to their songs and think that it represents a truly ambitious attempt at incorporating afrobeat into modern pop?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 11:15 AM

ANON. 11:15, YOU WILL RESPECT MY AUTHORITY!!

Posted by KEXP | February 27, 2008 11:24 AM

No Annon 11:15, I'm totally with you that the acorn record truly does not represent an amitious attempt at incorporating afrobeat into modern pop.

Mostly because Honduras is in South America.

On a less sarcastic note, The Acorn are an incredible live band, they put on a great show and yes, glory hope mountain is an absolutely lovely record.

Posted by tyson | February 27, 2008 12:39 PM

^^^ eh, dude, read the comment before getting snarky. 1115 was talking about vampire weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 12:54 PM

premature snark?!?!! obviously a BV rookie!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 1:03 PM

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Posted by sad but true | February 27, 2008 1:41 PM

yeah man, and like, why is it that every time I turn on the radio I hear the same song over and over and over again?

man, funk dat!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 1:47 PM

way too many irrelevant and unsupported words^^


wait... was that comment even worth replying to?

Posted by the.audio.phile | February 27, 2008 2:27 PM

wake the fuck up

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 2:44 PM

it's amazing they were able to survive that hurricane.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 2:53 PM

See them if you can... they are wonderful live. Great record too.

Posted by Mark B. | February 27, 2008 2:56 PM

tldr

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2008 10:56 AM

my favorite band right now. buy all their records! they're really fantastic

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2009 11:55 AM

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