Woodpigeon: “For Paolo”

Here is some music by a legitimately good, openly gay artist! And I’m not just saying that because he’s a hot Canadian indie dude with a beard! It’s actually intelligent, well-written and not reeking of pop-chart desperation. Take note, Adam Lambert. This is how you do us proud.

Woodpigeon, led by “happy-to-be-openly-gay artist” Mark Hamilton, released their latest EP For Paolo today. The five-songs (plus an acoustic version of the title track) were inspired by classic rock/pop cassettes that his parents used to play on long, family drives. Here’s what Hamilton had to say about the various influences:

“The songs of the For Paolo EP are a valentine of sorts to those old cassettes of my parents – I’d like to think there’s more than just a dash of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night’ in the title track, a little bit of girly one-hit wonder in ‘One To Many’. But then again, whenever I think I’m getting pretty close at sounding one way, I’m the only one who hears it – so you’ll have to excuse the thought that there’s a little bit of Boys Don’t Cry’s ‘I Wanna Be a Cowboy’ and Iron Butterfly mixed in here somewhere too.”

The songs of the For Paolo EP are also a valentine to my heart. You’ve got me swooning, Mark. Swooning hard (and this is one of those rare cases when I’m not referring to my penis).

– Dewitt

Click through to listen to the EP’s title track, “For Paolo”:

Download “For Paolo” for free at Boompa Productions, or pick up the full EP here.