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You may have heard of the Broken West. They’re on Merge Records, home of the Arcade Fire, M. Ward and Spoon. They play a distinctly western kind of Big Star power pop. They’re from Los Angeles and they’re really good. Their new record (due out 1/23) is called I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, and it goes on just long enough.
Well, back in the day they were called the Brokedown, and they self-released an EP called The Dutchman’s Gold which was way excellent. It was halfway between their current sound and a more mournful, pedal steel-driven campfire vibe. It, too, was really good. Then I wrote about them in Billboard, and lo and behold, they got signed. The band seems to have had some Merge connections back at Chapel Hill, so I can’t take the credit — they’ve got songs for that.
The Broken West – “Down In The Valley”: mp3
The Brokedown – “Sparks”: mp3
(from The Dutchman’s Gold EP)
(Buy from Merge)
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