Daily Download: "Tearing Up the Oxygen," Maritime

Published June 29, 2006 7:01AM (EDT)

Maritime's singer/guitarist and drummer both used to be members of the Promise Ring, a band that has never appealed to me, but their bassist, Eric Axelson (ex-Dismemberment Plan), is a force of nature, a bulldozer of a musician who can single-handedly drive a band's music into potency, and his presence alone made me want to check out their music. Together, they make music that is neither as tepid as the Promise Ring or as sharp, clever and explosive as the Dismemberment Plan, but this song is a pleasure, airy, simple and peopled by some adorable little keyboard blips.

-- T.B.

By Salon Staff

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