Sunday, April 11, 2010

Buddha on the Moon - On Holiday 7"

The summer of 2008 was more or less devoid of movement. My town was a bit too stuffy and I was fed up with staying inside, so I decided it was time to take the train out to the city, next to the coast where it was cooler. I made the pilgrimage to Amoeba (and it is a pilgrimage, if you're not from there and you don't have a car) and spent a few hours going through their stacks. That's where I found this gem for about fifty cents.

I knew of Buddha on the Moon from a long time ago, perhaps from Slsk, but I had never heard these recordings. I got it home, put on the A side, and got way more than I bargained for. Maybe it's just me, but simple, straight-forward pop compositions like "Losing" are the sort of thing that twee pop bands and fans of today overlook. When so much goes into an album or even one song and it turns out to be a stinker, it's a shame and a disgrace. But here, it's a few instruments in a bedroom, a few unfortunate circumstances as lyrics, and you have a perfect pop tune. I guess I'm romanticizing, but if you've never had the pleasure of listening to this now-defunct project, check this out and tell me it's not memorable. I wish I could say the same for the instrumental B side, which turns out to be a bit of a throwaway... but even its got its moments.

Buddha on the Moon - On Holiday 7" Mediafire

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