Friday, April 15, 2011

...The Bony King Of Nowhere...

When I first came across this guy, I thought, "What's up with the name?". "Bony" seemed a little close to "Bonnie", especially when it's combined with a royal title. Have no fear, though, I'm pretty sure that this Belgian singer has no intention of ripping off Prince Willy. Then, I found out (thanks Doug) that on Radiohead's Hail To The Thief album, the song There, There is subtitled Boney King Of Nowhere. So, I'm scratching my head again, wondering what's going on here, especially with the high probability of Radiohead comparisons. Regardless, here ya go......

So, I remember the first time that I heard Coldplay's Parachutes album. It had just come out and I had no idea what they would sound like. Actually, I wasn't super fond of their name either. My friend, Matt, introduced them to me as, "sounding a little bit like Radiohead". At first, this comparison didn't seem too far fetched, but after multiple listens, the similarities faded and the sound defined itself into something completely separate. In turn, since that album, Coldplay has continued to morph into something extremely different from either point of reference.
I bring up Coldplay for two reasons.....First of all, this album by The Bony King Of Nowhere has a "Coldplay/Thom Yorke through a Fleet Foxes lens" sort of feel. Secondly, like Chris Martin and the gang, I didn't know what to expect when I first heard them, but their sound has steadily grown on me with each listen, and yet, I can imagine that given time, they may transform into something completely different than what they are right now- something that I'm not sure I'm going to like.

But, no matter what they become tomorrow, here we are today, and I'm a sucker for a good melody (and this album is saturated with them), so I thought that I would send it along your way. You are welcome to let me know what you think.

"The Bony King Of Nowhere: Sleeping Miners"

"The Bony King Of Nowhere: Some Are Fearful"

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