Sometimes I wish I listened to the people around me more often. If I had, I wouldn’t have missed the Greenland Is Melting show in Tampa earlier this month. Truth is, I was feeling worn out, a little broke and I didn’t even bother Googling the name when the show was suggested to me. About a week after that exchange, I was in my computer room putting on my shoes and I look over at one of the stacks of cds I need to be listening to and see the Greenland Is Melting cd. Having recalled the conversation about the show, I pulled it out of the stack and took it to the car. As luck would have it, the very next day Karl from the band dropped me an email asking if I’d received the cd.
Greenland is Melting is the Gainesville, Florida trio of Karl Seltzer, Will Dueease and Shaun Pereira and Our Hearts Are Golden is their sophomore release. Soundwise, the best way for me to describe this band would be to say that they sound like what I wanted to hear the first time I heard The Avett Brothers. They play a ragged form of folk-country with a punk attitude that seems so loose and relaxed that it always seems like it’s on the edge of coming apart. The bands shares vocal duties on all the songs, and like the music the voices are so different that the harmonies seem like they could devolve into dischord at any minute. The thing is that the album never fell apart, and as it wore on I just kept getting pulled further and further in until what seemed strange and challenging on first listen became quirky and charming.
There is a line on “Kitchen Song” that goes, “No, no, no, we don’t have them songs for the radio. But we have songs for the kitchen that our friends know.” I seriously doubt you’ll find a more honest line on a record and I think it sums up Greenland Is Melting, as well as what Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue is all about. You can get this entire album for free over on GiM’s Bandcamp site and trust me, it’s worth the download.