I have to give a shout out to YANP for turning me on to Bishop Allen. I got an email from Justin, expert vocalist of the foursome from Brooklyn, asking us to check out a new song of their’s called Corazon, which comes off of their new EP for the month of January. If you hadn’t heard it from Matt, Bishop Allen plan to release a new EP every month in 2006! Not quite the 50 States Project, but definitely just as admirable (and perhaps more reasonable). If each song off the EPs are as good as Corazon, Bishop Allen may just prove to be one of the best bands of 2006.
[MP3] Bishop Allen – Corazon
There’s something about this song that reminds me of growing up, specifically growing up in the 90s. Aside from perhaps slight similarities to the alt/pop rock of those times, there exists within the music a certain nostalgia for the past… the opening chords and beat are fairly simple and enjoyable, the chorus is repetitive and catchy, and the lyrics, sang with a slight vocal quiver (á la Conor Oberst, with a grain of salt) are smart and sensitive, as a great love song should be. Two words to decribe the song? Honest and refreshing.
The EPs will be pressed in batches of 1000 per EP, and will become quite the collector’s item once Bishop Allen gets the recognition they so necessarily deserve. So go over to their order page (temporarily disabled) to get the EP! You can also hit up their general merch site to pick up their critically acclaimed debut Charm School for a measly $12. You can put an iGIF stamp of approval on that disc, you won’t regret it!