Not to go on and on (and on) about it, but as you might know we spent this past summer listening to Seattle's Beat Connection and Portland's Onuinu battle it out for the title of Pacific Northwest Summer Jam 2012-- Beat Connection for their "Think/Feel" and Onuinu for "Happy Home," respectively. All entirely made up and unofficial, of course, but that's how some of us heard it.
As chance would have it, each is playing Portland tonight (though, sadly, not together): Beat Connection headlines Holocene with Magic Fades and Sex Life, among others, and Onuinu plays the Doug Fir with the also wonderful Minden opening. And the sun is shining bright today. Coincidence? Pfffffft, hardly. It might be November, but the forces have clearly aligned to help settle this once and for all.
Exhibit A: Onuinu's "Happy Home" from this year's Mirorr Gazer release. A sublimely smooth, driving number with no real verse-chorus-verse structure to speak of, and heavy reliance on a simple line that has a meaning many of us get: "I hope you'll be around/ When I'm in town/ I hope you'll be around/ It's been a long time." Andrew Sloan directed the video:
Exhibit B: Beat Connection's "Think/Feel" from this year's The Palace Garden release, featuring the guest vocals of Chelsey Scheffe. Much like its opponent, a sublimely smooth, driving number with no real verse-chorus-verse structure to speak of, and heavy reliance on a simple line that has a meaning many of us get: "I feel/ Too little and think too much." Garrett Tiedemann directed the video, released just this week:
Verdict: And the clear winner is? Whichever one we're listening to at the moment, obviously! Who you got?