Mercury Rev strangely attractive

If you like your music dreamily romantic, melodic, poetic and intriguing lyrics (with a compelling and high pitched male vocal thrown in the mix), Mercury Rev is the band for you. Snowflake midnight is their latest album, and in a cool nod to the download era you can visit the Mercury Rev website, join their mailing list, and get the companion album Strange Attractor for free.

The library has a good selection of previous Mercury Rev CDs. I’d recommend Deserter’s Songs (NME’s album of the year for 1998). It’s tuneful, soaring and has a bit of a bluesy feel. All is Dream is marvellous too, a bit more spacey and psychedelic – the track “Nite and Fog” would make a good Halloween song:

Vampires want darkness
Monsters want souls
Spiders want corners
But you want it all