“Swing Tree” – Discovery
Discovery is the American indie rock, electronic recording project of Rostam Batmanglij, the keyboardist from Vampire Weekend, and Wesley Miles, the vocalist from Ra Ra Riot, friends who began recording together in the summer of 2005. The band released their first album, LP, on July 5th 2009 and the album garnered somewhat positive but very polarized opinions from critics. Hugh Montgomery of The Observer describing it as “giddily populist and slyly inventive in equal measure” and Prefix calling it “a joyous run through the tropes of contemporary R&B”,while Pitchfork Media’s Scott Plagenhoef said “this could be your favorite or most-hated record of the year”. Tom Hughes of The Guardian described it as “two American indie-rock gentlemen abandon guitars and try to prove their R&B chops over 30 ear-loving minutes of handclaps, high-hats and expert synths.” John Meagher of the Belfast Telegraph described it as “amazing”.
“Swing Tree” is a strange song, but I like it. It’s just strange enough to make me listen, and once I tune in my head feels like it might float away if I don’t pay attention to it. A nice sensation for 2 minutes and 38 seconds on this beautiful Saturday.