Califone...it's like a code word. It means nothing to most people, but it means a great deal to others. Mention you like Califone around the right person, and you have a new best friend. It's that mutual feeling that you know something others don't.
To say Califone are a unique band is an understatement. While they are referred to as experimental in most circles, that belies the point of their music. While found sounds and electronic signals may run in and out of their music, they are first and foremost songwriters. None of the sounds the band creates, whether by traditional instruments or half-broken gear, are there just to be there. They are exist in service to a song, and leader Tim Rutili writes some of the best songs out there. Take a listen to the tracks below.
The new album, All My Friends are Funeral Singers, doubles as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, written and directed by Rutili; however, this isn't a score. These are 14 songs that stand on their own as another great Califone album; in fact, it's the most melodic record they've ever made.
Recommended If You Like:
Red Red Meat, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot era Wilco, Brian Eno, Will Oldham, wonderfully unexpected surprises
a secret handshake.
floorboards creaking beneath your feet.
a soldering iron.
Listen to When:
drinking coffee in the morning.
Vinyl the Cat says:
These lullabies give me nightmares.
Califone - Funeral Singers
Califone - Ape-Like