Icarus Himself – Digging Holes
I'm sure a good portion of you are aware of the turntable.fm phenomena by now. If you haven't heard of it, it's a fun communal space to listen to music and chat with your friends. I have to say I'm thoroughly hooked. I was never a huge Pandora guy because I always end up wanting to hear all of the album as soon as a good song comes on, but with turntable.fm the social features make you giddy for what's next and give you motivation to constantly show up your friends.
Other than being the most addicting thing since Starcraft when I was 13, turntable.fm is a great place to discover music. Odds are, you're going to end up in a room with people with similar tastes and it's only a matter of time before someone plays something you haven't heard that's right up your alley. On my first day DJing, someone played "Digging Holes" by Madison, Wisconsin's Icarus Himself and I realized how great turntable.fm could be.
"Digging Holes" is one of those songs that crept up behind me wearing camoflage before taking me down like I was a lazy guerilla. It starts out with a dramatic keyboard/synth section that sets the mood before a bouncy bassline and steady organ drop in. And then comes that guitar. Oh, the guitar. It pops in and crashes out, all lazy chord strums and full note blasts. The interplay of the instruments is a thing of beauty while Nick Whetro yelps a tale of self-destruction. The song continues to build and evolve until it erupts in horns, slows down again, and returns to whence it came.