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Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, AND Pomplamoose!?

Posted in Indie, Pop by jurbanik on August 30, 2010

I really should be asleep right now – it is 5am as of starting this post. But about an hour ago, Pomplamoose tweeted that there would be a new video in an hour… and now it is here. I honestly could not be much more excited about a collaboration – I was well aware of Ben Folds’ album collaboration with Nick Hornby (author of High Fidelity and About a Boy), but I had no idea the album would feature Pomplamoose. If you don’t already know, I’m a huge fan of Jack Conte – check out my post on his innovative VideoSongs. Apparently Ben Folds is a fan of what Jack and Nataly do too! Anyways, lets get to the video.

Entitled ‘Things You Think’, the new song/VideoSong features some extremely complex layering, but is executed almost perfectly. Some people might be a little turned off by Nick Hornby’s role in the song – he reads interesting statistics, cutting away from the musical aspects of the collaboration. Personally, I’m a fan – Nick has a comforting, but intelligent voice, and it just works. Really exciting to me is the fact that both Nataly and Jack sing along with Ben, bringing together some really great voices. The chorus ‘smoke your little smoke/ drink your little drink/ try to make sense of the things that you think’ is unimaginably catchy, especially since it is Ben Folds singing it repeatedly. After the jump, the other single from Ben Folds’ new album.

As mentioned above, Ben Folds and Nick Hornby have released one of the songs from the album Lonely Avenue (out Sept. 28). What is most striking about it is how it still seems so… Ben Folds… despite Hornby having written the lyrics. That said, the lyrics are great.

From Above// Lonely Avenue

By the way… if you surf the web a little, you might be able to find demos like ‘Levi Johnston’s Blues’ and ‘Picture Window.’ And for Pomplamoose fans… keep in mind the announcement that “If you’re a Pomplamoose fan, the next eight weeks are going to a little crazy…” We’ll see what that means, if it gets any crazier than this, I don’t know what I’ll do. I’m extremely glad they’re getting this kind of recognition.

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