Sunday, 15 June 2008
Friday, 13 June 2008
"A Good Cafe on St. George Street" sketches lovely scenes in front of the listener showing storytelling skills nearly to rival Johnny Flynn; melodic lullabies with glittering riffs which meander over trumpets, electric keyboard, bass, french horns and drums. It would be easy enough to lump them into the 'alt-folk' genre but there is more to them that that- their songs sound like Noah and the Whale's "Mary" or Laura Marlings "Shine" but the use of trumpets and the downplaying of the acoustic guitar at times means they take on a new edge and a more lo-fi sound. Best song "A Few Words of Farewell" is magic and melancholy affair and possibly the slowest of their offerings; it's focus relies more on the lyrics than musical content here but it works well ("A blank space where the fragments lay") and the vocal harmonies take over.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
So its seems there his been a significant transformation from the twee cardigan and cravat wearing Les Incompetents as its remaining members are clad in religiously gothic garb. Careful to establish a distinct reputation from the start shows that with this change comes a refreshing musical evolution which promises they’re live shows to be a rawkus yet perfected, something stylishly hard to pull of. With this experience comes an odd sense of sophistication yet remaining is the exuberant energy and passion to perform ..
Their exploration of a deep and sultry style is an intensity which has been sorely missed since the likes of Joy Division. In tracks such as ‘Motherhood’ it’s this unusually sinister musical spin that excites and intrigues completely with a pounding bass always on hand to reinforce they’re discovery of powerful new ground.
‘Pop Pop Pop’, or so he describes himself. Esser is very much the new enigma on the music scene with his odd style collaborating perfectly with his bizarrely original embrace of all things peculiar which makes his sound so refreshingly worthwhile and much needed! He never fears to explore what others may avoid with a beautiful simplicity with the use of stupidly catchy chorus’s, stripped down drum machines and a heavily addictive accent dripping with attitude and confidence which by the sound of these demos is by far justified.
‘Headlock’ sands out as his finest song to date, musically it uses only the bare essentials but its within the words where the talent lies as there is a raw sincerity that’s so unfounded today in songs that aim to please the buyers and leave no long lasting satisfaction.
Jeremy is certainly a man in the know, with a list of indie/folk friends that would make anyone jealous with the likes of Johnny Flynn, Mystery Jets, Laura Marling and frYars. Cleverly however, he has used his contacts to showcase some of Britain’s finest talents, including his good self through ‘This is our TV show’ in which his charmingly corwded lvving rooms in crammed to the brim with a lively crowd watching adoringly at such an atmospheric experience! Not only that, but this is also a clever lad adorning a degree from Cambridge only making his talents more envious. It’s within the ‘Boat Song’ that Warmsley’s voice flickers with a beauty that seems to blend seamlessly with each collaboration he ventures within. There are so many new folk bands cramming our ears at the moment but it has to be said that there is a spark of difference in this man, an easae within him that conjures a smile on any listener.
So So Modern
It has to be said I had not been exposed to the music of So So modern before seeing them within this line-up but on hearing they’re music it quickly becomes apparent what they have to add with the lads from Wellington claiming there influences (rather sensibly) being amongst cosmology, theology and urban foolery these. A frenzied compilation of all that is great, with acidic electro cleanly with crisp vocals that instantly makes your body jerk, a ready made dance floor band ready and armed to charm their way into our hearts
Attacking us ladled with an army of instruments, instead of overwhelming is strangely enticing and moreishly addictive, the musical equivalent to the Pringle one might say. Ordered chaos is necessary oxymoron that can only describe this sound with harmonies that sprinkle over this harsh jagged and wondrous noise.
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
So rather admirably the band have embarked on an extravaganza of musical delight by playing an album a night form their extensive back catalogue performing over 256 songs! The effort and passion they sow towards music still today is both amazing and deeply underrated. Recently there has been a flourish of disappointment with bands returning second album yet in their 21st masterpiece Spark are unfazed by any pressure, showing that longevity is quite possibly the most significant trait for a band to carry. What makes this band so unique is there refreshing wit with titles such as “lighten up Morrissey” what more could you possible want in a band? And they carry their talent still, with a credibility that is lacking from such OAP’s as Paul ‘I suddenly love the mandolin’ McCartney. They’re infinite song “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the Both of Us” is somehow imbedded in everyone’s brains however is an unfair reflection of the better works with a timeless electro-pop style filled with the attitudes and obsession of a yesteryear England which amplifies their extraordinary quirkiness.
Friday, 6 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
"Mythical Beasts" has rock'n'roll guitars, fingers slipping along keys and inspired lyrics "I'm just a mythical beast / Drawn on the back of the Birdcage toilets" it sounds like Goodshoes but taking themselves less seriously. They have a distinctive sound, something rare in a band so 'young' or at so new. "Lovers Ought To" is art rock at its finest as Katie takes lead vocals yelping over those delightfully sketchy drums and Maccabees-esque guitars ("About Your Dress" rather than "Toothpaste Kisses"). "Palindromes" tackles that tricky subject of ADHD (a popular topic- didn't Blood Red Shoes toy with that idea too?); this is probably the weakest song out of all of theirs but there are some nice screams midway through to focus attention back. And a great image of "Both my parents are palindromes".
Strong vocals- the whole boy/girl thing going on- singing staccato over ringing guitars and scratchy drums and throwing it in the air to make concise-pop (none of their songs extend over 3 mins). But less is more, catchy hooks and singalong choruses pop out amidst accapella, indie-stomping beats and references to Roxy Music. Surely they could take over dancefloors and airwaves alike- their music is as catchy as influenza and as addictive as cocaine, but in both cases not as life threatening (unless you have a dicky heart and a penchant for jumping about erratically when dancing)! Yay!
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