The first single to drop from Some Say So I Say Light, the upcoming
follow-up to the Mercury Prize-nominated Peanut Butter Blues &
Melancholy Jam, finds Obaro Ejimiwe a.k.a. Ghostpoet maintaining
his healthy diet of both. The general tone and form of his sound
– the half-slumbering, reflective sung-rap vocals over grime meets
trip-hop production - is still in place, but the song-writing
has tightened up, production values appear to have been bumped
up also, and both contribute to an atmosphere of added clarity.
The toms in particular really pop, and there’s added beauty and
romance through the organic instrumentation employed and which
suits him well. Such an instrumental tune-up appears to match
the thematic outcome of the song, fighting through sadness, bitterness
and regrets in order to move on from a relationship and hopefully
make something better of himself out of it: “But baby it’s my
heart, this time I gotta follow it.” All of the above contribute
to the sense that ‘Meltdown’ stands as a document of an artist
in good musical stead, ready to step up and make his mark.
Off My Shoes - Let's Not Rush Out
And Tell The World (Thanks But No Thanks Records)
Hailing from Belgium, ‘Let's Not Rush Out And Tell The World’
is the debut release from Get Off My Shoes and signals further
live activity from the band throughout Europe this Spring.
The short, and slow-burning instrumental title track opens proceedings
before ‘Dead Of Night’, its stuttering guitars instantly showcasing
a Bloc Party influence before launching into the first of many
infectious choruses found throughout this E.P. ‘I Was Told A Lie
Once’ slows the pace slightly but refuses to dispense with the
euphoric chorus which once again wrestles the track into the eye
of the hurricane. Despite comparisons that can be drawn with current
bands such as Foals and Bloc Party it is the pop-punk of bands
such as Wilt and Joyrider that is recalled by this release. At
only six songs long this E.P. works well and the real challenge
may well be retaining the same high quality over the length of
Bengsons – Hundred Days (Second Bolt)
Abigail and Shaun Bengson, “…a Brooklyn/Berkshires-based husband-and-wife
art-folk-duo…” are joined by Anais Mitchell on this latest E.P.
Opening track ‘Even Then’ at times sounds like a folk influenced
Belly accompanied by stirring gang vocals, including the distinctive
and intoxicating voice of Anais Mitchell. ‘Hundred Days’, the
E.P.’s title track, featuring another guest, this time Nick Petricca
of Walk The Moon, bustles in at a hundred miles an hour with the
rabble-rousing chorus signalling a hoe-down outbreak of huge proportions.
In stark contrast both ‘Saturdays’ and ‘Bells’ are acoustic stripped
back affairs showcasing the duos captivating vocal interplay beautifully
alongside emotional and heartfelt lyrics.