Chances are you’ll have heard of this band in one way or the other. When I came across the super-sweet love song Boats and Birds for the very first time, it was because of a cover by The Age of Rockets that opened up for me a whole world of New Yorkers that knew each other and made music together. People not much older than I, who as I gathered had met at music school or something along those lines, and spent their days, or so I imagined, drinking and laughing and making music together and smoking and constantly starting new side projects and playing small shows in bars and cafés. Bands who I thought would end up rising above the New York music scene and heading off to Europe eventually – which happened for some of them, even as they went their separate ways. This was six or seven years ago, when I was constantly in love with everything and everyone, and out of this love I followed their progress from afar; Jenny Owen Youngs went on tour with Regina Spektor some years ago – I got to hug her and laugh over stupid things. Chris Garneau, who seemed to know everyone and hang out with no one, was going off solo – we had breakfast at his hotel in Norway once and years later he delightfully yelled in excitement when I made him a cake for his birthday. Saul probably still does his sweet whimsical instrumental thing as well as playing in the Age Of Rockets, Andrew Futral started Field Mouse, and, well, Meredith Godreau, also known as Gregory and the Hawk, has just released a new EP.
Better yet, she has recorded a beautiful Nirvana cover and though Nirvana covers are often overrated, this one isn’t. It gets rid of all the grunge, pulls apart the whole thing, and does something wonderful with vocals and harmonies, making you sad in all the right places.