Saturday, July 19, 2008

FoundTrack's July '08 Compilation (Track 13/14) - Princeton - Ms. Bentwich

Princeton - Ms. Bentwich (Track 13/14)
Album- Bloomsbury EP (Sample/Purchase)
Photo Taken from Princeton's Myspace photo album

Princeton is an LA based trio comprised of twin brothers Matt and Jesse Kivel, and longtime elementary school pal, Ben Usen. A partnership was initially formed in '96 after watching the Tom Hanks film "That Thing You Do" but it wasn't until after college that the friends would reunite over a yearlong academic stay in London and officially form the band. Their studies abroad also seemed to influence their songwriting, with each composition on their recently released Bloomsbury EP being attributed to four separate members of the Bloomsbury intellectual collective in London in the early 20th century, including Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, and Lytton Strachey. Our featured track, "Ms. Bentwich", is written from the perspective of the popular British economist John Maynard Keynes, as he deals with a brief flirtation that occurred between him and his then-secretary Ms. Naomi Bentwich. Since returning to their homeland, they've supported a number of big acts including Vampire Weekend and the Fiery Furnaces and now they find themselves headlining their own shows amidst a jam packed room on Monday nights at their Silverlake Lounge residency this month. I encourage you to see one of their next two shows. Here's a video of one of their bedroom recordings of "Eminent Victorians", courtesy of the Naturalismo Blog to give you a sample of what's in store.

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