Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Artist of the Day: Cursive
Their early records were rough-cut at best, but they were released at a time when Cursive wasn't sure themselves as a band. Such Blinding Stars For Starving Eyes was the debut for the small Omaha-effort, but they "broke up" shortly afterwards and released The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song as a post-breakup record (one which garnered them much attention). After adding a cellist, Gretta Cohn, and working through a record (Burst and Bloom), they released what is their best record in my opinion: The Ugly Organ. This record is like nothing other. It features a harsh load of dissonance for much of the record, yet always returns to such a stunningly beautiful musical basis. It's incredibly impressive how the band writes a main melody, can distort things beyond belief, and then return back to that melody, ever relating the lyrics to whatever sort of fucked-up feel the song has.
After The Ugly Organ, Happy Hollow also garnered them a lot of attention, despite the departure of their cellist, and earned much critical acclaim. Then, the band was brought to the present with I Am Gemini, which you can read about here. The band has had a richly colorful history, and their records really go to show that. The Ugly Organ is absolutely worth a listen, and is a great sample of what Cursive is capable of.
Listen to some Cursive tracks on their MySpace.