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June 27, 2012

Fresh Track: Manor “Afghan Hound”

by @thoughtontracks

I’ve never experienced love at first sight with a woman, but I do with music all the time.  Perhaps that’s because no matter how aesthetically pleasing another looks at one particular moment, there’s just so much more to a person than appearance.  But when you first hear a song, it is what it is.  Granted, a band can be terrible live and ruin your thoughts about them, but that doesn’t take away from that song and the first time you heard it.  It is what it is then, and that’s what it will always be in your memory.  An even more bizarre to this conundrum is that the song that catches your ear may be the only one.

That last part doesn’t apply to the subject of this post at all.  Manor, a Melbourne band composed of Nathanial Morse and Caitlin Duff, obviously know how to make a jam.  Their first single, “Rhodesia“, was released late last year and is a pretty great pop song.  With some jangled guitars and a relaxed vibe, it’s a looker but not really drop dead. Now their newest single “Afghan Hound”?  This is a looker.  From the first drum kick, to the guitar intro followed by the keys, synths, and ultimately Caitlin’s stellar voice, this song has that spark.  That “it” factor.  It’s deep, dark, and full of emotion.  The chorus belts out with Caitlin’s voice a somewhat romantic, somewhat haunting vocal, “It’s alright. It’s alright.  Don’t be scared, dear sweet child.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m not going anywhere tonight.”

You can get lost in this song’s the beauty, and that’s precisely why I love it.  It’s layered with a depth that becomes increasingly apparent upon repeated listens.  The more spins I give it, the more I’m digging it, and that more I want it.  Jump into the deep end with me?

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Written by Greg Dahman

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