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Premiere: Human Highway (Nick Thorburn of Islands and Jim Guthrie):
"The Sound" [Stream]
When he's fronting Islands, Nick Thorburn is free to explore his experimental side, folding genres including orchestral pop, calypso, and hip-hop into his peculiar musical stew. Working with fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie as Human Highway, he appears to be getting back to basics, at least judging from this advance track from their forthcoming full-length debut Moody Motorcycle. On "The Sound", Thorburn and Guthrie's reverence for the close harmonies of the Everly Brothers brings to mind kindred spirits from the laid-back 1970s West Coast folk-rock set. The vibrations are good, the song-song tune sticks in your head, and the acoustic guitar bit is as simple as it gets. Stop, hey, what's that sound? Oh, "The Sound", OK.
Listen to more tracks on the band's Myspace Page!