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Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring

Topics: Music | Add A CommentBy admin | November 10, 2009

The new release from Noah and the Whale is more than a breakup album; it’s a 45 minute breakup film as well.

The other day a friend of mine in Scotland turned me on to the latest Noah and the Whale release The First Days of Spring. I’m not always a huge fan of bands that might fall into some sort of alt/folk category, but this release is indeed “pure, dead gorgeous”, as my friend put it. The release is in one way a classic “breakup album”, but with a twist: it was conceived alongside a 45 minute film produced by the band. You can view the trailer at left, which features the wistfully hopeful Blue Skies. If the trailer is any indication, the film should be well worth a view on its own; with some compelling images and editing, they’ve cleverly created the feeling that you’re viewing an extended trailer from a non-existent conventional feature film that used their music. It’ll be interesting to see how they actually distribute the film; so far it’s only been shown at special screenings, and as of this writing there are no more US dates. It will, however, be available on DVD as part of an upcoming 2-disc edition. I would think they’d make it more available to coincide with release dates, but releasing a conceptual, slightly abstract film in conjunction with an album of songs is bold, uncharted….oh wait. Never mind.