When I heard ‘Oslo Novelist’ by Grand Archives for the first time a few days ago, I loved it immediately – so much so, that it became a late entry in my Festive 50, actually barging its way into the top 10. I’d heard of Grand Archives before but it wasn’t until this week I found out they’re led by Mat Brooke, ex-Carissa’s Wierd and Band Of Horses guitarist. I can certainly hear the Carissa’s Wierd influence on this track, and so it’s no bloody wonder I love them.
‘Oslo Novelist’, from the recently released Keep In Mind Frankenstein is a gorgeous track featuring shimmering pedal steel (I worship pedal steel), lovely backing vocals and delicate sleighbells at just the right moments. I dare you not to love it.
A quick Daytrotter visit also netted this gem from their May 2008 session:
And because I can never miss an opportunity to post a Carissa’s Wierd tune:
And let’s round it off with a video of ‘Torn Blue Foam Couch’ from their debut self-titled 2008 release:
Image from the Grand Archives myspace.