MP3 Exclusive: Tiger Saw

The first time we saw Newburyport's Tiger Saw was at a pirate-radio-station benefit last summer, where the rotating-member, oft-acoustic collective dragged their stuff onto the Central Square VFW's floor and headlined the show without a PA, without microphones, without much else than a couple folding chairs and some precisely-tuned instruments. And with their banjo-tramping traveling songs, their plodding 50-beats-per-minute, their Carter Family version of slowcore, they transformed us surly, jaded, unloveable fuckers into believers. First, they made us courageous. (See "R U Courageous?" [mp3]) Then they made get lost in love. (See "Love Will Kill." [mp3]) After all that, they made us miss our friends. (See "All My Friends Are Right Here With Me" [not online].) We've been quietly loving them ever since.

Here's a Tiger Saw exclusive. Less than two minutes long, Tiger Saw's "Singing with Ghosts" is a gorgeously concise piano-and-cello ballad from Sing! in which Sing!er Dylan Metrano remembers trees, asks for stories about singing with ghosts, and -- again -- makes us believe. In what, we haven't a clue. Tonight, a relatively streamlined incarnation of Tiger Saw opens for arty electro-folkies GRIZZLY BEAR [Update: Grizzly Bear canceled] plays at T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge 9:30 p.m. 617.492.BEAR.

LISTEN: Tiger Saw, "Singing With Ghosts"
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