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Shearwater — Filaments
Album: Jet Plane and Oxbow
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6.9

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Total ratings: 1854









Released: 2016
Length: 6:01
Plays (last 30 days): 5
The night is like a black stone
But it ripples in the wind
And you are shaking like a new slave
In an ultraviolet sun

Shiver at the night sky
From the ribbon of the road:
Hollow little diamonds
All embedded in the null

Head like a blank screen
A body alive
You are living in the last rays
Kicking up the nights

Oh, little stars...

In the center of the sun, in the stain spilling out into the light
In the calling of the gulls, in the river running out into the night
Some people run from themselves
Some chain the dogs to the gate
Some are living a lie

Daddy's on the next plane
And he's looking to survive
He is soaking from a long run
He is fingering a knife

Summoning a white lie
From the fingers to the mind
You were watching the horizon
But it was in you all the time

Like a worm in the bloodline
Like an urge wants release
But you roll away the sun,
Throw it back into the east

Falling lights on the miracles of a golden age
Blackened sounds of the millions in the streets today
Where some people turn on themselves
Some hang around for an age
Some get paralyzed

In the center of the sun, in the hole in the belly of the light
In the shudder in the hull, in the river running out into the night
There is someone in the room, there is someone in the darkness

I'm taking everything back:
When I led you down to the lake
It was the thrill of my life
Comments (125)add comment
Agree, geez throw a friggin cymbal in once in awhile.  OR ANYTHING.  I mean a drum machine can do this.  Maybe it is a machine.  UGH  sfyi2001 wrote:
S O M E B O D Y Y Y Y Y y y y y y y  - shooooot  the  drumerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
 
 memoryboxer wrote:

This may be one of the best "sounds like" summations of a band I've ever heard. While it doesn't apply to all Shearwater tracks it NAILS this one. Thank you; treasured forever. 

 
Before reading the comments, this tune caught my eye and I too reached for "The Moody Blues" but... different.
S O M E B O D Y Y Y Y Y y y y y y y  - shooooot  the  drumerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Feeling Moody
 dburgher wrote:
I had to stop what I was doing, log in just so I could comment about how absolutely awful this song is.
 
I had to stop what I was doing, log in just so I could comment about how absolutely useless your comment is.

This song just followed a Talking Heads tune, and when I heard that bass line at the beginning of this track, I thought to myself, Bill must be doing a Two for Tuesday thing.
A 9, definitely!!

RP made me do it... Great album
Like the drive....
Nice segue from Gotan Project "Queremos Paz"
 memoryboxer wrote:

This may be one of the best "sounds like" summations of a band I've ever heard. While it doesn't apply to all Shearwater tracks it NAILS this one. Thank you; treasured forever. 

 
Moody Blues - yes.
Another of my RP discoveries ...Love it 
Add me to the "sounds like Beck" camp. This could easily be a rejected track from The Information.

I do get the Talking Heads, Moody Blues, and even Underworld comparisons, though. Funny how all Shearwater's songs make me think "hey this sounds like _____" but it's never the same artist that fills in the blank.

The only other band that does that for me is The Dandy Warhols.

And this sounds nothing like The Dandy Warhols.
How are these guys so little known?  
Good music. Good Texas Indie Rock. 
I heard the Audubon Society is sponsoring a summer concert featuring Shearwater, Ptarmigan, Quetzal, Doves and headliner, The Eagles.
Never heard of this band but I dig the groove on this song.
RP + Spotify = expanded music list. Such a good combo and worth every penny!
 khardog145 wrote:
I like this song despite the obvious Talking Heads rip-off, or should I say inspiration.  Makes for a great segue from TH. 
 
Agreed..... "Listen to Remain In Light much?"
Each song on the album is different from each other and holds together as an album. The whole things is worth a listen. I like this song but it is not my favorite on the album.
 Emwolb wrote:

i was thinking more along the lines of The Moody Blues on 21st century drugs
 
This may be one of the best "sounds like" summations of a band I've ever heard. While it doesn't apply to all Shearwater tracks it NAILS this one. Thank you; treasured forever. 

That riff reminds me of Morning Mr Magpie. Definitely growing on me, gonna bump it to 8
This always best at 11. 
Dude this is great!

Thank you all!
Sounds pretty much like Underworld to me, at least in this song...
sounds like beck to me
I like this song despite the obvious Talking Heads rip-off, or should I say inspiration.  Makes for a great segue from TH. 
Feels like Devo.
I was thinking it was beck
Emwolb wrote:

i was thinking more along the lines of The Moody Blues on 21st century drugs
 

Meh. 

Nah, once is enough.
 clickfaster wrote:
Am I alone in thinking this sounds like TV on the Radio?

 
i was thinking more along the lines of The Moody Blues on 21st century drugs
It's growin' better each time I hear it...  7 > 8....
 Proclivities wrote:
Pretty cool groove in this tune.  To be fair, that sort of drumbeat and tempo existed before Talking Heads started recording music.  Look up The Silver Apples and other "experimental" bands from the 1960s as well as the solo stuff by Brian Eno, who produced "Remain In Light".  These guys seem to have a lot of influences, including the ones mentioned in the comments.

 
Good to know.  Popular music is like all newer ideas, path dependent.  The best musicians listen widely where most listeners never venture.

Another RP discovery.  The good hits just keep on coming.  
One of those songs that...sometimes I PSD this bloody song & other times I love this bloody song.
Gave it a 7 so I guess it is love tonight.

Paradise Radio you are the best!!
I do cheat sometimes & listen to Riprock Radiio. (I dunno named after Dash Riprock, Beverly Hillbillies character?) 
This is getting to much play time on the RP rotation. Time to change it up. 
Am I alone in thinking this sounds like TV on the Radio?
 dburgher wrote:
I had to stop what I was doing, log in just so I could comment about how absolutely awful this song is.

 
It is that relentless driving beat that they overlay the song's melody and lyrics on. They appear to not be in sync or even the same time signature.

Radiohead do this and so did Portishead back in the day. I am not sure about any similarities to Talking Heads though?

Anyway, you just have to adjust your melodic ear sensors to accept the non-normal :)
 dburgher wrote:
I had to stop what I was doing, log in just so I could comment about how absolutely awful this song is.

 


                          What are you wearing?




I had to stop what I was doing, log in just so I could comment about how absolutely awful this song is.
I was busy washing my dishes when this came up... I thought to myself "who on earth could this be?"... "who could be segued with Talking Heads?"... And then I thought... "no one esle could possibly do Talking Heads".

So I left the dishing dancing in the scullery and came to discover that "Shearwater" can apparently do TH.
{#Meditate} reminds me a bit of some moody blues
The water is clear and innocent.
This is giving me a headache. 
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Love the hammered dulcimer.

 
Reminiscent of John Barry's "Persuaders" theme.
I know it's a bit cheap to just quote lyrics but hell:
Falling lights on the miracles of a golden age
Blackened sounds of the millions in the streets today
Where some people turn on themselves
Some hang around for an age
Some get paralyzed

love the music and i'm gripped by the words. 
 dburgher wrote:
Can I have my donation back?

 
your donation entitles you to PSD button, don't be a total bozo yikes, average rating shows YOU are in the minority! {#Drunk}
stuck in a time warp somewhere. pretty awful and just keeps going.
 jtherieau wrote:
Moody Blues, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Devotchka...so many great influences here. Totally diggin it.

 
Not quite in that league, maybe  more Talk-Talk influences... but interesting and quite intense nonetheless... 
Drum automaton?  Awful and irritating.{#Beat}
Can I have my donation back?
I'm tempted to agree with the two previous comments.  Overlooked band (certainly in the UK) with a great catalogue.
 Skydog wrote:
9
this is this best album of 2016

 
Yes, I agree.  2016 was not a good year for music.
9
this is this best album of 2016
Volume has been turned WAY UP.
{#Music} so glad RP came into my life TY Bill & Rebecca!
Love the hammered dulcimer.
of course you'd put this adjacent to the Talking Heads. Makes perfect sense.
Yuck
 kenrundel wrote:
Boring drums. No thanks.

 
So true. Monotonous. 
Boring drums. No thanks.
Dynamically melancholy
Such shimmering ebb and flow of rhythms and styles in this! This time, I got strong hints of the eerie piano/ keys of Depeche Mode!
Wow. Nice. I think I will need to purchase.
I'm getting a Jefferson Airplane feel with this tune.
{#Razz} definitely hearing the moodies here !
I love this! Great selection.
Caught my ear... for sure!!! :) {#Bananajam}Thanx Bill!  123K

7 —> 8. Liking this more and more.
Moody Blues, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Devotchka...so many great influences here. Totally diggin it.
Really dig this one - always grabs my attention in a good way. I've gone deeper into this band and they are very good overall. If you like this I suggest checking them out.
Not sure how to rate this one; there's no number for "annoying." The drummer just sets my teeth on edge. I can recognize a Shearwater song in the first few measures.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
It got me again!

 
Yeah, it's definitely an homage to "Cross-Eyed and Painless." In an interview, the lead singer said Talking Heads is one of the bands he's been listening to a lot lately.
It got me again!
I think I'm in love
But it makes me kinda nervous to say so

 
Beck wants his sound back.
 ridgerunner5 wrote:
Shades of Moody Blues

 
I always get fooled by the intro, thinking it's Talking heads
THIS is one trippy track, for sure... Reminds me of She's Hearing Voices by Block Party, along with tasty bits of Kaiser Chiefs, and the whole thing has even Floydian shades of tape-edit-loop tricks and sound engineering magic. One of the big surprises for me of late...
cool tune
Shades of Moody Blues
 giammin wrote:
pretty good but you are overplaying this...

 
LOL, I've yet to hear it on RP. Great song, though.
Anyone see their nifty cover of Bauhaus' Kick in the Eye?

It's great:  Kick in the Eye
pretty good but you are overplaying this...
Pretty cool groove in this tune.  To be fair, that sort of drumbeat and tempo existed before Talking Heads started recording music.  Look up The Silver Apples and other "experimental" bands from the 1960s as well as the solo stuff by Brian Eno, who produced "Remain In Light".  These guys seem to have a lot of influences, including the ones mentioned in the comments.
Just bought the album off the back of this one track. Time will tell if I've done the right thing! Lol!
It somehow reminds me Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw… {#Think}
 DaidyBoy wrote:
I've just listened to this album and I think it's superb.  Why is this band not more well known?

 
Look at all the releases they've had!

I'll have to get this one...


{#Drunk} definitely bit of the moodies,  groovy !
9 plays in the last month, eh?

I like it.  Interesting.   
 passsion8 wrote:
Definitely Talking Heads drum / bass line.

 
 

Cross-eyed and Painless

 

 

This is a kickin' tune!


 Piranga wrote:
Moody Blues.

 
same hear (here)...
 jkamm14 wrote:

Gotcha. At least before the lyrics start, it starts off with the same groove. 

 
Well, I guess I have to admit I hear it now; this started recently and I was sure it was Talking Heads.  I guess once the rest of the song kicks in, it's less pronounced for me.  Or I just didn't want to hear it.
Bit of Orbital The box going on in there? Are they connected? 
Such a cool tune.  {#Guitarist}
 DaidyBoy wrote:
I've just listened to this album and I think it's superb.  Why is this band not more well known?

 
I don't know either.  It's like what might happen if The Shins and Radiohead had a baby...
I've just listened to this album and I think it's superb.  Why is this band not more well known?
Groovy and sinister 
Definitely like this more than the other stuff I've heard by them. This sizzles in places! Percussion has echoes of She's Hearing Voices.
Moody Blues.
I keep hearing the Talking Heads in the groove.
Once in a lifetime and other songs.
someone wrote Beck + Cake

 
LowPhreak wrote:

= Bake?

 
yes

{#Cowboy}
 passsion8 wrote:
Definitely Talking Heads drum / bass line.

 
or Radiohead Bangers and Mash

{#Stupid} but that would be the same influence 
 passsion8 wrote:
Definitely Talking Heads drum / bass line.

 
That's what I came here to look for and behold, a new band to dive into!
 dave3ld wrote:
Beck + Cake! {#Drummer} {#Bananajam}

 
= Bake?
Beck + Cake! {#Drummer} {#Bananajam}
 dwhayslett wrote:

Yes, I know.  That's why I wrote "not really hearing that" instead of "huh what is that?".

 
Gotcha. At least before the lyrics start, it starts off with the same groove. 
 jkamm14 wrote:

Those are lyrics from "Crosseyed And Painless" by Talking Heads, which this sounds a bit like at first. 

 
Yes, I know.  That's why I wrote "not really hearing that" instead of "huh what is that?".
Excellent. Great album. May not be their best but very accessible and lots of great tracks.
Definitely Talking Heads drum / bass line.
 cheetahwheelies wrote:
I thought it was Beck.  It's good. 

 
Yep my first thought also and the good Beck.  He has been hit or miss with me.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Not really hearing that.

 
Those are lyrics from "Crosseyed And Painless" by Talking Heads, which this sounds a bit like at first. 
 jtomato wrote:
Sounds so much like Moody Blues!

 
YES!! I was thinking the exact same thing!!!
This is super cool - don't know it.  Anyone know about the whole album?!
My ears always perk up when I hear this one. Reminiscent of a few different groups, but still a unique sound. Much to like here! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Sounds so much like Moody Blues!
Never heard of these guys. Good stuff!
Great drum and  bass line. A grower for sure.
it's a grower
 planet_lizard wrote:
<snip>
 
Did you just give this song the bird?  {#Cheesygrin}

 malvey254 wrote:
Lost my shape
Trying to act casual
Can't stop
I might end up in the hospital 

 
Not really hearing that.
I thought it was Beck.  It's good.