Before They Were Blogged: Band of Horses demo tape
Seattle's Band of Horses turned up at the top of many "Best-Of" lists this year with their full-length debut Everything All The Time (Sub Pop), a jangly, shimmering album that is mandatorily compared to The Shins, My Morning Jacket, and Neil Young in every album review ever written (oh, and sometimes Flaming Lips).
Yep, you can hear all those influences, but I think they are doing so well because --beyond the comparisons-- they have an eminently fresh & enjoyable sound that is uniquely their own.
Before they hit the blog buzz this year, they released several versions of demo tapes (under the simplified moniker "Horses") that are worth taking a listen to. This is the stuff that caught the ears of Sub Pop:
DEMO 1: "Horses"
Snow Song [aka The Snow Fall]
Bass Song (early version of Our Swords)
Ghost Song [aka For Wicked Gil]
Part 2 Song
(Biding Time Is A) Boat To Row