Callers is one of those bands we've been following for friggin' ages (well, let's not exaggerate, 3-4 years maybe...) and often wondered how long their status of "Best Kept NYC Secret" would last. It's probably time for it to end - surely their upcoming European tour with Dirty Projectors will help in this regard.
Featuring one of the most beautiful female voices in Brooklyn, the band, originally a duo, has now ventured into a quartet format with the addition of drums and keyboards. The preview single Heroes (streaming below) features a fuller sound, but mostly... a faster one. Indeed, the track represents a steep increase in terms of BPM if compared to the band's material we are familiar with, but the songwriting quality is there, together with the top notch delivery. Sara Lucas' blue soprano here almost sounds like Joni Mitchell from the Hejira period, when the Canadian songwriter's youthful enthusiasm started to be contaminated by the understanding that adult life is full of sadness, which conjured up one of the most beautifully melancholic records ever made. These contradicting forces are also at work in this song, where the dancey rhythm section lifts our mood, while Sara's blue notes and lyrics keep our thoughts wondering about the mysteries of life. See Callers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 09.20 with Wye Oak. - Read a 2011 Deli interview with Callers here.
Mp3: Callers - "Heroes"