Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Brave Little Abacus

The Brave Little Abacus were an indie/emo/math rock band from somewhere in New England that formed in 2008 and broke up in 2012. Here's a band that did not even get a 10th of the attention that they deserved, but are definitely loved by everyone who has had the chance to hear them. They mesh twinkly guitars with synthesizers and brass instruments, make great use of samples, have some unique vocals, and together form this colossal sound. As far as comparisons go, The World Is A Beautiful Place is a good starting point, though the Brave Little Abacus came slightly before. All your other favourite bands, such as Snowing and Algernon Cadwallader are decent comparisons, though it's near impossible to find anything truly resembling The Brave Little Abacus. I highly recommend giving them a listen, especially if you're looking for bands like the aforementioned with a more technical/experimental side. They self-released pretty much all of their material, except their final EP, Okumay. Enjoy.

1. The Buffalo
2. You're Not Me, But Neither Am I
3. Imaginary Peaks, Imaginary Beasts
4. El Capitano

1. Matt Aspinwall - I
2. Matt Aspinwall - II
3. Matt Aspinwall - III
4. Matt Aspinwall - IV
5. Matt Aspinwall - V
6. The Brave Little Abacus - Sol
7. The Brave Little Abacus - (Yes, he did help overthrow Fulgencio Batista, but​,​) Che Guevara didn’t wear his own t​-​shirts
8. The Brave Little Abacus - Good Atmosphere
9. The Brave Little Abacus - Untitled
10. The Brave Little Abacus - El Capitano (different mix)

1. I See It Too.
2. "But I Won't Always Be On The Receiving End!"
3. A Map Of The Stars
4. Waiting For Your Return, Like Running Backwards
5. (Through Hallways)
6. "He Never Even Existed In The First Place"
7. Born Again So Many Times You Forget You Are
8. (Underground)
9. Remember To Wave (When Looking Down From The Clouds)
10. It's A Lot. It's Seamless.

1. Pile! No Pile! Pile!
2. Please Don't Cry, They Stopped Hours Ago.
3. Boy's Theme
4. A Highway Got Paved Over My Future, I Drive It Getting To School.
5. The Blah Blah Blahs
6. Can't Run Away
7. Untitled (Cont.)
8. Aubade (Morning Love Song)
9. It's Not What You Think It Is
10. Allston, Massachusetts December 2009—January 2010
11. Bug-Infested Floorboards—Can We Please Just Leave This Place, Now.
12. Orange, Blue With Stripes

1. For GeOn (For Colin)
2. 45 Minutes from "Somewhere Out There"
3. Don't Come Around Here No More (Please)
4. Introducing Morrissey (The Ergs! Cover)


  1. new hampshire-- right? i went to high school with one of the members in southern new hampshire so i'm assuming that's where they're from.

  2. crying, just listened to back from the discomfort, most beautiful music i have ever heard

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  4. I love this band, an so your blog. Deep thanks from Argentina (:


  6. Fav band, thanks for the links dude

  7. Thanks a ton for this post. A sorely missed great band.

  8. Million thanks!

  9. greatest band of all time

  10. THANK YOU! I seriously looked everywhere to buy these albums but they are available no where. You are a life saver.

  11. Hey uhhh the links don't work anymore, 403 forbidden or something like that. Can you renew the links if possible?

  12. Loved this band then found out they came from the town next to me. Made me love em even more

  13. i wonder how theyre doing now
    hope they release a vinyl too??? i really need it in my life