Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Phantom Limb (The Shins Cover)

Photo by Jon Estward

After yesterday’s semi-embarrassing confession of being very much less-than-up-with a plethora of new music, I feel the need to compensate. In light, here’s a band that you’ve more than likely never heard of. If you have, get in touch because we are clearly meant to be friends (people who read Binary or are from Chile are exempt from this offer; cheaters).

Mecanico are from Chile. I think they're only one of two artists in my entire iTunes library from that country. Surprise: they’re an indie pop band. Not just any indie pop band, though, they’re a synth pop band! With keyboards from the stars and a singer with one of those glorious almost-whiny-but-PERFECT-for-singing-along-with type voices, they’re gold. Like most of the greatly under-appreciated synth pop bands I listen to, I first discovered Mecanico on Binary, when their glittery, insanely addictive song Barcelona was featured. Unfortunately, apart from Barcelona they haven’t released much, their 4-song Mecanico EP being their only bit of discography to date. (Which, by the way, is available for free download in its entirety at their website.) A few days ago, while on the hunt for new material from the band, I stumbled upon this gem on their Soundcloud. A 2009 cover of The Shins' Phantom Limb doesn’t exactly qualify as ‘new material,’ but it’s new to me so it will suffice to tide me over. Not to mention, it is very very good. A forewarning to you indie rock purists: this is not James Mercer. Don't expect the same type of wistful charm of the original. Mecanico's version is more upbeat, it’s poppier, it’s sparkly, and there are even flashy guitar arpeggios. No, don’t expect the Shins; welcome Mecanico.

Phantom Limb (The Shins Cover)--Mecanico

2 comments:

speakerbox10 said...

awesome song! just downloaded it. im going to look more into them. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I first heard about this band here :http://www.ourstage.com/blog/2011/5/29/the-beat-generation-mecanico-south-americas-freshest-disco-export

and now I come across this... Christmas came early!

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