Welcome back for another week of Retrospectives! This week we are continuing the major plot line for the season (otherwise known as my life which is a much more boring title) and looking at Port Of Morrow, the album that was my next logical step.
As I mentioned in the last post, As 2011 ended I started looking for new music much more aggressively than ever before, hoping to find that next artist I will fall in love with. This resulted in me going through friend’s music libraries for anything worth listening to, googling random questions in the hopes that they would give me a band or even just hoping something good would pop up on the radio. But what was my biggest success in terms of finding new music was simply the TV.
I love TV, I watch way too much of it to be considered anything other than an addict (the story of how I got addicted to TV is one for another time) but there were a few shows that continued to draw my attention to the songs. The Inbetweeners was the first one I can remember, with artists like The Wombats and Two Door Cinema Club grabbing my attention once I learned what I was Googling for, but it was How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs that really grabbed my attention with their use of music.
Discovering The Shins was almost entirely by accident. While watching my old Season 1 copy of Scrubs I heard a song I rather liked in the background of one of the episodes. I thought to myself, “Why not Google it?” and for that I am eternally glad. Generally I wouldn’t google tracks because they sometimes are very hard to pinpoint or they are used so sparingly it is hard to gauge whether it is enjoyable or not, but after a quick search informed that the song I had just heard was a tiny song by the name of New Slang, I knew I had to hear more.
New Slang drew me in, but it was Simple Song that sold me on the band altogether. Released mere months before Port Of Morrow was released, the song grabbed me instantly and with a memorable music video (possibly my favorite one of all time) I was sold on the band, even going so far as to preorder the album on iTunes two months before it was released.
As the release date got closer, my love for the band grew and I even started a bet with a good mate that the album would debut at Number One in the US as I felt this would be the album that saw the band explode. Sadly I was wrong as they only managed to chart at #3 but it didn’t matter as the album itself was so damned good.
I still remember rushing to the computer once I got home to download the album and listen to it from start to finish. It was a magical experience and while it got better and better with each listen it instantly became that album I would not shut up about. Port Of Morrow came at a time when I was finally deciding how I am going to see out my schooling, and just Simple Song by itself encouraged me to delve more into my drumming and stick with it, if only for the reason that I wanted to play the drum part from Simple Song.
Sadly, Port Of Morrow is also one of two albums that I regret not owning a physical copy of (the other one we will get to later) and while I try to find a cheap copy because I am a cheap person I am yet to grab a copy for my own prosperity. However, Port Of Morrow is still one of those albums that I adore and will champion dearly and it is one of a small number of albums that led to me expanding my musical view but also staying deeply enjoyable to me some 100+ listens in.
Next time on Retrospectives, we take a look at one of my favorite unheard of albums in Morning Runner’s Wilderness Is Paradise Now.