After posting about Measure’s “Begin Again” in my last post (below, and here), I then proceeded to listen to the rest of the album, and immediately realised I HAD to produce a second post, for “Closer”.

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I think “Closer” is described perfectly from a quote about the band:

The music does what every songwriter wishes their music could do: it hollows you out, then fills you back in. It breaks your heart and builds you a new one. It moves you.

“Closer” does all of the above. Like “Begin Again”, it’s a stunning piece of work – heartfelt, touching, affecting. An oddly disconcerting song matter, to me seemingly about obsession over another, but so utterly beautifully done…

Go and buy Measure’s album RIGHT NOW – it’ll be the best $7 you’ll spend this year.

Unless you can buy a car or house for $7. That would then be the best $7 you’ll spend. And if you do, please let me know.

Turn the light low
I wanna go
Notice
Or if you see
Come follow me
Outside

I’m ready ready ready
When you are
And stalling, stalling , stalling
By my car

She’s not picking, picking, picking
Up her phone
I am waiting, waiting, waiting
Outside alone

I want you more
I want you more
That’s what I came for
I want to be closer

We’re older now
So give off
Half-good reasons

And enough sense
Not to make
A mess

So I keep checking, checking, checking
Our distance
And weighing, weighing, weighing resistance
It feels like safety, safety, safety
To shut down
And stop chasing, chasing, chasing
You around

But I want you more
I want you more
That’s what I came for
I want to be closer

I want you more
I want you more
That’s what I came for
I want to be closer

I can’t wait
Oh for it

Measure – Closer

www: BUY THE ALBUM NOW!

I know, I know…Another long break between posts. I do apologise – life has gotten itself quite busy as of late, and so I haven’t had the time to either post, nor track down new music. However, as I’ve often promised before, this will change. And, as ever, you’ll all accept this. Until my next long break.

And, as ever, I offer a stunning song as a peace offering. This time, a band called Measure, with “Begin Again”.

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Stealing directly from their MySpace…

Measure was born out of a long distance collaboration between singer/songwriter Laura Distasi and guitarist/producer/programmer David Little. Before ever having met face to face the two had already produced the songs that would act as the foundation for the sweeping, cinematic sound that has become Measure.

One year after each relocating to Brooklyn, NY the Laura and David produced an EP entitled “Begin Again”. This 5 song debut is immediately accessible, vulnerable, and honest; the melodies and beats are infectious; the arrangements intricate and dynamic. The songs feel their way though impressionistic landscapes, exploring the complex depth of relationships and change.. nostalgic, yet hopeful, that anything worth lamenting is, once was, or could be beautiful.

There’s not a huge amount I can add, apart from hypnotic. Singsong. Haunting. Vaguely unsettling – a slightly off-rhythm drum signature that only adds to the overall beauty of the song.

Stunning.

Wake up
To sun
‘Cause morning
Does come
If all you can rely on is the feel of your feet on the wood floor
And all you can depend on is a movement gives you some direction
Then begin again.
You’re no calendar
You’re no concrete plan
Begin again
Don’t waste your time waiting for someone to tell you When

Wake up
To sun
‘Cause morning
Still comes
So move around your furniture,
Or put it all out on the curb,
And drive away to something new
Watch the skyline sink behind you
And begin again
You’re no calendar
You’re no concrete plan
Begin again
Don’t waste your time waiting for someone to tell you when
Begin again
‘Cause walking out doors only works if you shut them
Begin again
And quit looking backwards, you know where you have been

Begin again.
You’re no calendar
You’re no concrete plan
Begin again.
Don’t waste your time
‘Cause no one’s gonna tell you when

Wake up

Measure – Begin Again

www: Measure’s offical website, MySpace, and Facebook Page.