By Cymbals Eat Guitars
'Wind Phoenix' is the third single to be lifted off Cymbals Eat Guitars' 'Why There Are Mountains' album, and it perfectly navigates the potentially dangerous ground where 'dreamy' meets 'dreary.' 90% of this alt-pop number consists of blurry vocals wafting across an insubstantial backdrop of eerie, wind-like synths and haunting chimes. Crucial to the success of such a thin track are the vocals, and the chorus is served up with one big, fat vocal hook, immediately transforming this insubstantial-as-candy-floss song into something bizarrely addictive. A definite grower.
B-side, 'Ballad Of Nothing' is Cymbals Eat Guitars' cover of Ellison Smith's 'Ballad Of Big Nothing.' It ploughs a more folky furrow than the A-side. Charmingly ramshackle beats; strange vocal shapes; twangy guitars and ticking percussion shunt along in clunky harmony. At times, it's a little too rough around the edges and it never works itself up into something that can be easily labelled as a chorus. Consequently, it does taper apologetically out and plays definite second fiddle to the A-side. Still, 'Wind Phoenix' is well worth a listen, if beautifully languid, airy alt-pop sounds like your idea of a good time.