Saturday, September 29, 2012

Artist Spotlight - Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)

I'm willing to own up to something when I'm wrong.  Sure I may not enjoy it (who does??) but when I mess up big time, I'll admit it.  Well readers, today is the day I officially announce my past indiscretions--I now love  Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate).  There was never a time I didn't, but I had always passed up their emo-lite delivery as a cute, somewhat interesting novelty.  Sure what I heard was great, but I didn't feel the need to dive right in.  In today's Internet music scene this happens all too often.  When discographies are just a click away it's shamefully easy to pass something up after a cursory listen. After an evening with What it Takes to Move Forward I had a different outlook on the band.

After a brief discussion with a friend about what the album meant to him, I decided to give it a shot.  The album is gorgeous, emotional, and unfathomably engaging.  The lyrics, to be quite frank, are brilliant in their poetic prose, matching perfectly with the music.  I loved it, and for the past several weeks have found myself returning to it regularly. In an odd twist of fate, the band had a contest to get as many likes as possible for their facebook page.  After 500, they promised to post their entire discography for free.  At the dawn of my discovering of this band, every thing they've released thus far is at my finger tips.  Absolutely perfect.

So for all the uninitiated (trust me I was once just like you), give this band a shot.  You have absolutely no excuse.  Follow the link and thank me later.


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