Monday, September 08, 2008

Good Company to Keep

I tend to give at least extra consideration to cats who perform or collaborate with established acts that I know I already enjoy. It came as little surprise that I found my curiosity piqued when I found out that Daniel Hart had his own project, The Physics of Meaning. As you may not be familiar with Mr. Hart, perhaps it would behoove us all to point out that he was NOT a part of the Hart Foundation professional wrestling duo from the '80s, but instead is a member of St. Vincent and John Vanderslice's bands, as well as a frequent contributor to The Polyphonic Spree.

The Physics of Meaning's fully-orchestrated, second album, Snake Charmer and Destiny at the Stroke of Midnight ( due out September 16th), seems to hit upon all the chamber pop goodness with which we've come to expect from those stalwarts with whom Hart has chosen to ally himself. Their first single, "Aeroplanes and Hurricanes," starts off with a pounding drum beat reminiscent of the best indie rockers, before the track is reigned back in with lovely melodies and swirling string arrangements. Check out the track below and look for the album next week.

mp3: Aeroplanes and Hurricanes



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