I am head over heels in love with a new band and I felt the urge to share. Aberfeldy is a five member boy-girl band from Scotland whose sound has been compared to the likes of Belle and Sebastian, who happen to be one of my favorite bands. While both bands hail from Scotland and their music tends to fall into the quirky, alt-folksy pop category, Aberfeldy distinguishes themselves as more than just a copycat band. Released in August of 2004, Young Forever is their debut CD and itís awesome. Itís filled with happy, bouncy music and smooth melancholic melodies. It reminds me of songs that were written back in the 60s: simple lyrics, infectious hooks, pure sounding, and just harmoniously arranged. Although Iím constantly listening to the complete album (all 38 mins worth) straight through on repeat, I do have a few favorites. Check out ďA Friend Like You,Ē ďLove is an Arrow,Ē ďSummerís Gone,Ē ďVegetarian Restaurant,Ē and ďHeliopolis by Night.Ē I canít adequately put into words what listening to this album makes me feel. Wherever I am, whatever mood Iím in, whenever I hear one of their songs, my mood is instantly lifted and I suddenly discover that Iím bopping around the place like a fool.
Check out some audio samples on Amazon or on their website. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they use a glockenspiel in their songs, which is just crazier than a snakeís armpit, but it works and sounds absolutely sublime!