Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, & Pomplamoose – Things You Think

YouTube, although full of videos of kids tripping and kids tripping, is also increasingly becoming a fantastic and immediate way for independent musicians working out of their homes to release new “VideoSongs” (not to be confused with music videos.)  One such home-based, independent musician using YouTube to its advantage is the pop duo, Pomplamoose, who actually go as far as to define “VideoSongs” on the descriptions of their videos as:

VideoSong [is] a new Medium with two rules:

1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

Pomplamoose’s Jack and Nataly have steadily, and relatively quietly trickled out fantastic chamber pop originals and quirky, chamber pop covers of Top 40 hits for what seems like a few years now.  Furthermore, they’ve done it with a jaw-dropping consistency worthy, especially for the whole home-brew nature of their project–just look at the number of awesome “VideoSongs” on their YouTube channel.  Their latest only reinforces their emerging tradition of home-brew, charming pop-music excellence.  “Things You Think” is a wonderful collaboration with not only piano-pop virtuoso, Ben Folds, but also book-writing virtuoso, Nick Hornby.  Apparently, this will appear on Ben Folds’ next album Lonely Avenue (due out September 28), which is entirely co-written by Hornby and seems to also include four new short stories by Hornby.  But if you can’t wait, you can get the song now via iTunes.  I’m not sure how much more involved Pomplamoose in the rest of the album, but hopefully it’s a lot.

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