For the last 48 hours, I have been completely obsessed with track one from a Chinese Underground compilation I scored at a SXSW-fringe house show in NE Austin last week (you'll recall I was super-eager to spin it). "Magpie" by Birdstriking is one of the most infectious post-punk anthems I've heard in a hot minute. Apparently VICE is already a little hip to gaggle of rock-obsessed undergrads.The vocals are so murky and indecipherable that I don't know if they're in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Klingon.
For me, it's all about this song's second wind. Birdstriking could easily have ended their song around the five-minute mark, but instead the song has a marvelous concave structure—mellowing out for a moment before gradually building back up intro a swirling fervor. It's keen post-punk with post-rock dynamics.