Acres of Diamonds – Maria 7″

I know I didn’t post anything here yesterday, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy finding new stuff for you guys. I made my way around the city yesterday in search of some new wax, and I came up with a few nice things. The first record I’m going to share comes straight from a Philadelphia band, and their name is ACRES OF DIAMONDS. Before snagging up this 7″ I was completely unaware of these guys, but that is no longer an issue. Good thing too, because these guys definitely have a nice sound going for them. It also never fails to make the music that much more interesting when it’s coming straight out of your own city.

So at times while listening to this stuff, some other bands lately dominating the headlines come to mind, such as the National or even the Arcade Fire. I say the National due to the vague vocal reminders of lead singer Jim Anderson to Matt Berninger in “Maria”, and the Arcade Fire for the use of the baroque piano and the ability to produce a huge and joyous orchestral sound. Part of that huge sounds comes from the fact that there are six different people in this band using six different instruments at once, so yeah, that’s pretty important. They also like to use of harmonies, (whether it be with the vocals or the guitars), and it certainly stands out in their music. These two things together are the perfect recipe for quite an addicting 7″, and it makes me all the more excited to check out their EP which has four other songs on it. This music would probably go great with the colder Winter months that aren’t as far off as we all think they are. Don’t go anywhere until you check these songs out though – I’m going to upload both of them. If that’s not enough for you, head on over to their Bandcamp page where you can listen to each song from their EP. In the meantime, hopefully these Philly-bros (and gals) don’t keep us waiting too long for some new material!

PS – I just started listening to the full EP…different band members take the vocal efforts in different songs.

Maria –

The Whole World –

My Rating: 8/10
Genre/ Tags: Indie Rock, Classic Rock
Maria 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Maria
2.) The Whole World

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