Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eels are away with the birds

It's, what, five months since Mark Oliver Everett released his last album, Hombre Loco, and now he's back with an entirely new batch of recordings, End Times.

"Prolific" musicians are usually just workaholics with no sense of quality control - but there is always something worth listening to on an Eels album. Everett has a simple philosophy about the importance of melody. "Show me a kid who innately doesn’t like the Beatles," he wrote in his autobiography, Things The Grandchildren Should Know, "and I’ll show you a bad seed".

The first single from the new album is called Little Bird, and it's a prime example of that mantra - a deceptively simple, hauntingly pretty lament from a man with a broken heart. It might be a bit Eels-o-matic but, for once, that is not a bad thing.

:: Eels Little Bird

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