‘Beats Like Distant Tides’ captures that archetypal run down
northern town vibe perfectly, the contradictory sense that everything
is futile but hope springs eternal. Whichever side of that equation
you land on, there’s something in the song which you can cling
to – the expansive ringing guitar lines and the pithy percussion
for the optimists, the dystopian distorted ice cream van intro
and doleful verse vocals for the miserablists. And that’s life
innit? Seldom black and white but a constant flux between these
two extremes. 8/10 www.orphan-boy.com
Physical - Someone Leave The Lights On
Now this is something you don’t hear a lot. Avant-garde meets
industrial minimalism with almost a Bjork quality to her voice
backed with the occasional fiddle. I’m reminded of Nine Inch Nails
in areas and maybe even The Avalanches. I wasn’t sure what to
expect from Washington DC’s Physical, though I’m quite impressed.
It’s not everyday you hear something unique, but you definitely
will in “Someone Leave The Lights On”, so be sure to dig for it.
- The Night
Kicks off sounding like Maximo Park but the voice ruins it. The
lyrics are more than dreadful, banging on about some poor unfortunate
soul being his only girl.. balls!! Every now and again the guitar
peaks and the only thing I really like about this whole tune is
the drums at the beginning. This is definitely the type of band
you would see playing your local pub in Luton!
Begins a 4 bar beat pattern on a drum machine with Sigur Ros
meets Philip Glass style keys and as soon as the vocal comes in,
I’m reminded of the magical Sky Ferreira. This is not usually
my thing but I’m enjoying the atmosphere that surrounds it. The
chorus is really uplifting but again not something I would play
as personal preference! It’s very Sky-esque though, that probably
being the reason I’ve given it half a chance. Again, the ending
on this is ace! Like waves of interstellar movement.
PINS - Too Little Too Late
In with a drum intro and an organ lased sub-pop rhythm section
meets guitar from the garage revival of early last decade, though
more generic! “Too Little Too Late” is lyrically poor in the verses
and not very exciting in the chorus. I like her voice purely for
the fact that it sounds similar to Jonnine Standish of Melbourne
exports HTRK. The only excitement in this whole tune, is the bit
of feedback in the middle eight before coming to an amazing climax
in the outro.. and much akin to the Brighton femme post-punk quartet
Electrelane. Why didn’t it sound like that all the way through?
Grant – ‘Sweet Addiction’
Long-time musical veteran Vince Grant
has battled both depression and addiction over the years, but
has since been through a successful recovery. He’s distilled his
experiences on his new EP, the aptly-titled My Depression is Always
Trying To Kill Me. It’s a heartfelt and involving EP of five tuneful
indie-rock songs that feature a matter-of-fact Vince straightforwardly
delivering powerful messages about the persistent lure of addiction
and the continual fight against depression. Vince takes on singer-songwriter
and acoustic guitar duties and is joined by talented collaborators
like the EP’s producer, Doug Grean, on electric guitar.
The highlight of the EP is the almost-10-minute opus “Sweet Addiction”.
It encapsulates the trajectory of an addict – the siren song of
drinking (or whatever substance is abused), its false sweetness,
the eventual pain and shame, as well as the addict’s admission
of using and hope of coping with the disease. Vince sings in a
clear, but passionate tone on the verses, declaring “Alone with
my thoughts / tearin’ at the walls…” amid a steady beat and his
gently picked, anchoring acoustic guitar. The song opens up with
wavering reverb guitar and bright instrumental accompaniment that
includes light, higher pitched synth notes. Vince’s desperate
pleas about his plight are riveting as he proclaims “I’ve been
caught drinkin’ / and I can’t stop / because it hurts / Sweet
addiction…” Vince’s ‘for real’ lyrics and plaintive emotions will
hit home for anyone who has struggled with, and hopefully recovered
from, depression and addiction. https://soundcloud.com/vincegrant/sweet-addiction
Taxi – ‘Floating Forever’
Stockholm, Sweden-based twin sisters
and Bjork-vocal doppelgangers (in the best sense!) Johanna and
Miriam meld their keeningly sweet and passionately emotive voices
with lushly shimmering synths and sharper-edged guitar lines on
their recent EP, Floating Forever. The EP’s title track is a captivating
stunner (well, so are all the song off the EP!) swimming in chiming
guitar lines, brightly wavering, spacey synths, sporadic cymbal
crash, and a steady beat. The delightful, softer toned verses
lead to more intense chorus passages and winter-weary folks can
rejoice in the lyrics “Summer is arriving / We’re waking up to
the light.” The sisters are planning on releasing their sophomore
album later this year. It’s on the highly-anticipated list!
de la Hoyde – ‘The Longest Way’
Mark my words: Nick de la Hoyde is going to be massive. Well,
he damn well should be with his appealing blend of hip-pop rapping
and Boy Band pop crooning. The young Sydney, Australia-based singer/rapper/songwriter
has rounded up a ton of fans via Instagram and his YouTube profile,
where he’s posted lots of song clips of himself rapping and singing
his original lyrics over current hit songs from the likes of Taylor
Swift, Sam Smith, and One Direction. Nick’s been discovered by
master-producer Lamoyne “LA” Alexander and has released his debut
single, ‘The Longest Way’, to much acclaim and continuing chart
Nick radiates a laid-back coolness that is the antithesis of
the aggressive swagger of most rappers. He genre-hops between
rhythmic, but smoothly flowing raps and airy, wistful singing
within ‘The Longest Way’ (and on all his songs), peppering his
dense, complex, and extremely insightful and self-reflective lyrics
throughout the track (“Everybody sees what they want / but they’re
too scared to get it / Like, what will they say / if they regret
it.”). It’s an exciting and inviting melding of musical styles
and Nick has the vocal and lyrics-writing chops to match any of
the artists topping the music charts today. He may be waiting
in the wings at the moment, but his time to shine brightly in
the spotlight should come soon.
Seattle-located electronic-pop singer-songwriter Aradia
is a DIY artist who does it all, from composing her songs, playing
the synths, programming the drums, and singing on her tracks,
to recording her output and designing her own outfits and artwork.
She dropped her album, Citizen of Earth, last fall and the up-tempo
‘Today’ is one of the highlights off of it. The song continuously
flows forward with a flat-smacked beat, clacked-wood percussion,
strummed acoustic guitar, and extended synth strings in the background.
It displays a more delicate and vulnerable facet of Aradia’s singing
style as she wistfully lilts her bittersweet sentiments that “I’ve
got to focus on today / Can’t let the moment slip away.” Frizzled
electronic notes appear near the end of the tune as Aradia warbles
her wordless coos lightly against the electro beat. https://aradia.bandcamp.com/track/today-2
What with all the mild controversy dronecraft have created over
the last year or so there's a certain dry humour in Fraems offering
this track as a Free Download, conjuring as it does images of
little helicopters making unscheduled landings at random locations,
and setting up their portable soundsystems. Fraems own particular
craft appears to have set course for Ibiza this year, and Fraems
take on the sort of electronica that can be played at any venue
and at differing social occasions is a pleasant one. And everyone
can listen for free, so thank you Fraems. https://soundcloud.com/lost-tribe-records/fraems-drones-1/s-VRxve
- 'Falling From The Sky'
'Like a bird lost inside a cloud' sings Calexico's Joey Burns,
'where do you fall when you've nowhere to go'. The laws of gravity
being what they are, falling almost always involves an inevitably
downwards trajectory but Calexico's cheerfully summery anthem
will leave you forgetting that you left the parachute at home
with its ringing guitars, church bells, gleefully brazen horns
and all. https://soundcloud.com/casadecalexico/falling-from-the-sky-ft-ben-bridwell/s-xRAO9
May - 'Hide'
Ones to watch on the Australian scene just now, Little May turn
in a wistful guitar number backed with doomy sounding percussion
that recalls one or two other female fronted bands including Peggy
Sue and Florence, going a bit folksy. The cinematic video that
goes with the song is a full length feature waiting to be made,
in which relationship problems lead to all three Mays turning
their backs on civilisation and going into the outback to wave
snakes around a bonfire. Which is how you keep the spiders off
- Hungry Heart
Begins with voices, like club toilet ramblings followed by laughter
and then a count in.. 1,2,3,4 and in with the best bass line I’ve
heard since The Rapture’s ‘House of Jealous Lover’s’, with tremolo
heavy guitar stabs and a voice as haunting as Guy McKnight of
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. Wolverhampton’s YAK have
possibly wrote the best single you’ll hear this side of Christmas!
The chorus on “Hungry Heart” is manic, lyrics “Again and again
and again” surface an enigmatic wave of pure brilliance. The bass
is what does it for me, though the drums and guitar are just as
sensuous.. sounds you’ll more or less hear during explosions on
Jupiter. B-side “Something On Your Mind” is a bit more subtle,
showing a calmer side of the group but just as effective. A bit
like Mick Jagger singing with latter day The Strokes! This band
are definitely one to watch out for.
Opens with a film sample and then a dirge-abilly guitar pattern
with stomping drums and bass lines much akin to the long gone
Leeds outfit ‘Black Wire’. I like the jangly breaks in the verses
followed by hectic bridges.. lyrics “You’re never around” in the
chorus backed with vocal harmonies over a field of stop starts
and creep riff-age reminding me of Melbourne garage heads ‘Bird
Blobs’. I could imagine this band being quite fun to watch live,
then again anything with a stomp usually is.
Jakobsen - 'Dark'
I was just expecting a mellow acoustic number until Siv brought
out the orchestra and piano, to give her song the added depth
that some thoughtfully arranged instrumentation can provide, although
'Dark' would work just as well on its own as a guitar and vocal
track, such is the talent of Brooklyn based Norwegian Siv. Just
over three minutes isn't anything like enough of its melodic loveliness. https://soundcloud.com/abadgeoffriendship/siv-jakobsen-dark
Daydream Club - Saltwater'
Properly setting their controls for Dreampop mode, some notes
on modern living as two emotionally committed hipsters go off
on a bit of an adventure, cycling through the woods and setting
sparklers off on the beach, that kind of stuff. If anyone was
planning on filming Georges Perec's 1960s existentialist novel
'Things' then it could look something like this:
Gruesome - Honestly Do Yr Worst
I wasn’t sure at first but “Honestly Do Yr Worst” gradually grew
on me. There’s an almost ‘The Pains of Being Pure At Heart’ quality
about this 2 minute gem! Their voices glide together immensely
over a lucid wave of palm muted shoegazing guitar sequence, backed
up by pop driven bass lines and speedy drums. There’s a manic
burst 1 minute in that reminds me of the ever great pop-tastic
noise outfit ‘Bearsuit’. If this is anything to go by, I think
Joanna Gruesome’s forthcoming album looks to be a much enjoyable
- 'Leather Crown'
I wasn't sure what this was going to sound like. Last I heard
of Gallows they were covering The Ruts 'Staring At The Rude Boys'
but this is entirely their own work and, pushing the melodic post
rock envelope as if it were empty it's a blistering, coruscating,
headbanging reintroduction to a band that have a lot more to give
us than just old school punk covers. Industrial atmospherics and
double timed frenzy in equal measures, prog metal mania done with
a lot of skill and about as good a heavy rock track as I've heard
in the last 12 months (not that I hear a lot of them).
City - 'One Too Many Things'
Traditional West Coast guitar pop from a New Zealand band that
put an added turn of garage rock into the mix, a sound that owes
more to the mid 80s Paisley Underground bands than the more laid
back country tinged sound of say, Green On Red and Teenage Fanclub.
A recognisable tune performed with more vigour than is usual among
the more recent psyche pop enthusiasts I've heard. There wasn't
much laid back about the Long Ryders. https://soundcloud.com/firerecords/surf-city-one-too-many-things
Walter TV - Surf Metal
Right away I’m reminded of ‘Trompe Le Monde’ era Pixies, that
being my favorite album by them so the Walter’s have already won
me over within a few a seconds of hearing “Surf Metal” which definitely
abides to the title. The psyche-matic Canadian post punk outfit
are fronted by Mac DeMarco‘s Pierce McGarry who looks to have
given birth to a peach of a side project! Very reminiscent of
C86 claimers ‘Orange Juice’, though the vocal takes on a more
Steve Albini approach rather than Edwyn Collins. Also, it sounds
like the voice has been harpered 50 feet below water. The drums
playing a constant repetitive beat which alters for an erratic
climax in the chorus. The bass lines are not far off that of Josef
K’s ‘Sorry For Laughing’. This track wouldn’t sound out of place
on a Postcard Records compilation.
The Dropout Collective -
Tales From The Brunswick EP
Kicks off with “Tragic Afternoon Rising” ..great introduction,
haunting organs and dreary guitars.. the bass prominent. Vocals
roll in sounding like Pete Doherty and Amanda Palmer having a
duet. I like mostly the pace of it, perfect tempo and quite akin
to Dresdon Dolls. And on to “Dropout Boogie” ..classic 12 bar
blues bass line and 50’s rock’n’roll guitar that is more catchy
than a dog flying for a bone. Great arrangement and structure,
this will be hard to beat. “They’re Real” I love it from the word
go. The Brian Jonestown Massacre springs to mind ! Singer Ellie’s
voice is perfect for this groove, riff tastic with a steady rhythm
section. The chorus reminds me of B.R.M.C’s first album, as good
if not better.. this is my favorite track so far. “Being Chased
by a Gorilla” great title! Sounds like it should be on Babyshambles
first album ..great storyline lyrically and speeds up faster than
a panther on whizz!!!
Pocket Gods - 'Black Friday 13th'
Few bands nowadays are even aware of the existence of late 60s
psychedelic obscurities The Red Crayola but I was listening to
them just the other week and I'm reasonably sure there's a copy
of 'Parable Of Arable Land' on the Pocket Gods mp3 player. I mention
that probability as there's a copy of the Pocket Gods 'Plan Nub'
album on my own player, which I stick on when I want to hear some
properly wigged out lo-fi esoteric eccentricity, which is what
'Black Friday' definitely is.
Faerground Accidents - She
Makes Me Want To Die
I’m reminded of ‘Dog Man Star’ era Suede from the first verse..
the guitar and keys have a Cure like feel more prominent than
Jabba the Hut on a levitating island. The vocalist has an edge
close to Morrissey but at times more like Bowie.. a classic 90’s
Britpop feel in the rhythm section. Sounds like it would fit well
on a Shine Compilation, somewhere between Pulp’s ‘First Time’
and Rialto’s ‘Monday Morning 5.19’. Lyrics “I saw my bloodshot
eyes in the mirror, then my gaze turns upon the bleach” pour over
a barrack of hook laden jangly guitar that matches the vocal immensely.
Sheffield seems to have given birth to an almighty glam beast
armed with anthems and quirky lyrics. If Woolworths was still
open and “She Makes Me Want To Die” was available on cd, I’d definitely
queue for it.
Slow Turismo - 'Corners'
'Corners' goes off in all sorts of directions, tuneful technopop
with a very nearly danceable rhythm, and a more than competent
display from a band yet to release their first album. https://soundcloud.com/slow-turismo/corners
Cathode Ray - 'Resist'
Edinburgh music veterans whose lineup has at various times included
members of Josef K, Scars, TV21 and The Bluebells (and probably
at least one of the Fire Engines) partying like it's 1979 and
it's really quite good in a Rezillos if they'd signed to Postcard
records sort of way, jittery and angular and with a retro futurist
twist. Post punk like it's supposed to sound, performed by experts. www.facebook.com/thecathoderay
Putting a picture of an exploding planet on the cover of your
debut Ep certainly suggests ambition of some sort, and also that
the Ep tracks are too loud to be actually heard by humans. The
sound of global catastrophe? If you think reanimated late 80s
spandex metal is the most dangerous noise in the galaxy then,
yes, Mercury Blast put on a spirited defence of our humanity and
I'd like to say more about their music but their Soundcloud page
crashed about a minute into first track 'My Desire'. I'll listen
again tomorrow, if we're all still here. https://soundcloud.com/mercury-blast
The Tamborines - 'Ghost At The Lighthouse'
Classic indie pop from a London duo making absolutely no apologies
for wanting to sound like proper shoegazers, although at less
than two minutes it's very nearly over before it starts for The
Tamborines. More please and with a chorus this time?
Riptide Movement - 'All Works
You've never heard of them either but they are apparently one
of the biggest bands for a while to emerge from Ireland, and they've
made one of the creepiest videos I've ever seen to accompany 'All
Works Out', in which a probably obsessed female fan hallucinates
Thee Riptiders while in a psychiatric hospital. Has a happy ending
Tropical - 'On My Way'
Quality loungecore electronica from Is Tropical that's a month
or two early for these grimy March skies. The sort of music that
makes people want to book holidays.
Place To Bury Strangers -
We’ve Come So Far
Breaks in with a savage cloud of shoe-gazing guitar, somewhere
along the lines of Ride’s ‘Nowhere’ album meets Sonic Youth’s
‘Kool Thing’. Also a constant 3 note repetitive bass line that
more than works. Lyrics “It tastes so real, I lost myself today”
striding as both vocals blend dynamically. The drums play the
same beat throughout. This wouldn’t sound out of place on My Bloody
Valentine’s ‘Isn’t Anything’ album. A structured fuzz of dirge
racket getting louder and louder! And when it finally calms down,
the bass punches through harder than Evander Holyfield back in
his heyday. An absolute mammoth of a tune.
- Nine Lives
Straight away from the opening guitar, I can tell this is going
to be poor. More than unbearable, surely they must’ve listened
back and thought “Wait a minute, this is shocking!” but no, unfortunately
it carries on in to complete and utter bedlam. The only time there’s
any fire is when the chorus comes with an almost ‘We Are Scientists’
feel but still nowhere near as good. The lyrics are beyond dreadful
“I ain’t got nine lives” ..yeah, shut up! Straight in the bin.
Hysterical Injury - Blood Burst
Have always loved The Hystericals.. by far one of Bristol’s best
exports. “Under Milk Wood” is hypnotic, the bass and drums slowing
down and speeding up with a quality that is akin to Stereolab
and maybe even Death From Above 1979. I like how the vocal is
clear as day with no effects or altering! It’s as if she was just
singing live in rehearsal, something a lot of groups today hide
with layers of reverb.. PISH !! “Blood on the Daisy” begins a
constant beat of drum rolls, much tamer.. a subtle phaser runs
through amazing vocal harmonies that leads to everything eventually
beefing up to a phantasmical effect, amazing! From the opening
bars of “Woken with a Warning” I’m reminded of Factory Floors
‘Lying’ except no synthesizers, just riff heavy with a climax
on the chorus that could wake up a sleeping policeman (yes that
bump in the road). Ends with “Ready to Burst” which is a bit more
down tempo until midway through where everything flows elliptically,
and followed by a manic scream solo which bursts in to a Jacuzzi
owned by Sleater-Kinny. Fucking FAB!!!
- Post Youth EP
Hailing from Hull, the EP title track rolls in with a drum intro
followed by chirpy guitar and bass lines that makes me think of
The Von Bondies first album.. catchy and hook laden. Could imagine
this being on a Sub-Pop compilation! “Lovestoned” begins with
a Sonic Youth ‘Nurse’ era style guitar very distinctive, can’t
think of what else it reminds me of. Will come to me when I least
expect it! I love the bass in the break, drums playing the 16th
pattern throughout and a Pixies quality excels at some points.
Vocals sound a bit like Pavement singer Stephen Malkmus, I love
this track. “Goodbye, So Long” hears main man Aron banging on
about guns and knives and then a sudden burst of Dirty Boots solo
style guitar! They have mastered the grunge revival meets stoner
rock to a tee !! I look forward to hearing more from them.
Cribs - Burning For No One
Begins with a Johnny Marr sounding guitar stab but nowhere near
as good. Like a bad tribute band attempting ‘Barbarism Begins
At Home’. There’s no punch whatsoever like on their early material
and they sound more exhausted than a knackered exhaust pipe! The
drummer must’ve fallen asleep midway through cos he’s barely able
to keep up. I can’t relate to the lyrics at all, they just sound
uninspired.. well Cribby’s, you’ve certainly burned for me on
this one as it’s going straight in the bin. B-side “I See Your
Pictures Every Day”.. this is much better than the A-side bin
track, but still nothing to get excited about! What happened to
the bounciness like on “Hey Scenesters”?? Long gone along with
your ability to write good songs.
Bolt - The Metal East
Still to this day the loudest band I’ve seen live as well as
Sonic Youth. LB’s latest offering “The Metal East” is a manic
claustrophobic monster of a racket. The ripping noise sounds like
a constant loop of menacing chaos !! The vocal sounds like it’s
being hurled through a megaphone of death. Flat out drumming with
Lot’s of off beat timings and the bass howling with feedback.
Put it this way, it wouldn’t go down too well at the family dinner
table. If I could compare it to anyone.. it would have to be The
Melvins, but even they would seem tame next to this. I love the
climb towards the end, amazing!!!
- Crybaby Demon
I’ve always loved the distinctive surfy wave of noise filled
melodies that gets catapulted across the room when I listen to
this band. “Crybaby Demon” does not disappoint. A constant flow
of feedback rich guitars that makes me think of The Jesus and
Mary Chain’s ‘Stoned and Dethroned’ album, also the infamous Davey
Brothers. Chorus lyrics.. She gets so high, striding over a psychedelic
surf funk laden of catchy organ laced garage punk beauty. I’m
totally blown away by this track! B-side “U Sexy Thing” is a calmer
voyage. I wasn’t expecting a cover of the Hot Chocolate parody
as it sounded nothing like it until the vocal rolled in. I love
the sounds of metal bins being thrown about throughout.. top marks
for making it their own.
Fiction - 2 Track Demo
From hearing the opening bars of “Soul Mates”, I’m already reminded
of the long finished London post-punk force that was Twisted Charm
being Nathan of Hazy Fiction’s former band. But Hazy has more
of a pop feel to it. Almost a French vibe and much akin to “This
Is The Day” by The The. Lyrically.. this song basically sums up
the eternal romance of a couple as the title indicates, but there
is a slight sadness to his voice. I love the Lo-Fi feel !! Next
up “Sacred Line”. The vocal follows the guitar immensely making
it very catchy and reminiscent of the ever great Scritti Politti.
Much darker lyrics on this track.. the bass breaks through mid
song and his voice flows marvelously till the end, and more prominent
than a fat kid at an ice cream van.
- Feverhead/Foxes & Brimstone
I’ve been looking forward to Barringtone’s new release for a
while. They take time between each single (I’m no one to talk).
There’s something post modern and futuristic about double A-side
header “Feverhead”. The progression reminds me of The Alan Parsons
Project.. also, Mike Oldfield known for his spectacular work that
is ‘Tubular Bells’. This is much calmer than previous single “Snake
In The Grass” which was a frantic monster of a song. Next up..
“Foxes & Brimstone”, I’m blown away by everything going on
here. The guitar jangly and spiraling yet stabby at times.. synthesizers
minimal but still effective. The rhythm section tighter than a
posho at a cocktail bar. His voice has always reminded me of Wayne
Coyne of The Flaming Lips, well not far off! The classic changes
throughout that only this group and probably The Mars Volta or
An Albatross could pull off nowadays. I’m left feeling exhausted
after listening to this.. outstanding!!!
- 3 Songs Tape
I know from the first few seconds in that I’m going to like this.
“I’m Awake” by the Bedford quartet is reminiscent of Mudhoney’s
Superfuzz, Bigmuff meets Swervedriver. Great breakdowns, especially
like the high pitched tremor guitars in the chorus. “It Would
Be Nice” ..love the opening riff! I’m reminded of The Datsuns
‘Like a Mother Fucker From Hell’. Tribal like marching drums..
I’m all over this, would definitely play it in a DJ set. Rapid
and none stop! Prefect for this style of music. And finally “Trash
Poisons” ..this is the heaviest track so far, it’s menacing..
like the batman theme from the 60’s gone wrong in the bridge.
Rumbling bass lines backed up by dirgy guitars, the outro is epic.
I look forward to seeing them live.
Stares – Soul Contract
The languid delta blues of opener ‘Liquid Reign’ seem an odd
choice to start this EP but just serve as the calm before the
storm of ‘Hypnotize’ which does more than a passable impersonation
of a very good Queens of the Stoneage track. US spelling, US influences
– whereabouts stateside are Dark Stares from? St Albans you say?
OK, well that’s a bit of a surprise. But there’s no denying the
distorted slide guitar of Hypnotize’ sounds great and the big
fuzzed up bluescapes of ‘Animal’ are equally impressive.
We finish with another ode to QUOSA via cruise control. Let’s
not dress this up – it’s a bit derivative. But again, it’s done
really well and I’m definitely convinced that Dark Stares have
a few more tricks up their sleeve to come. 7/10 http://www.darkstares.com/
– Inez Palema
From their photo, Dolce’s Anna Levander and Leopold Nilssen look
like they could do with some cheering up. All those long, dark,
cold winter nights no doubt. But until they do get over their
seasonal affected disorder, I’m quite happy for them to keep recording
pretty yet haunting tracks like this one. 7/10
– Come on Ghost
What a change of pace from ‘Collect Yourself’ this turns out
to be. Sounding a bit like a mash up of Sergeant Pepper’s, Aladdin
Sane and the Wurzels, there is a complexity at work here which
is so far away from those early Idlewild punk tracks that you
would think it is a completely different band. Everyone else is
saying that ‘Everything Ever Written’ could be their best album
yet and I’m not sure I can argue with that. 8/10 http://www.idlewild.co.uk/
– Collect Yourself
Being the laggards that we are (or more accurately, that I am)
this one is a little bit late. But coming as a the first release
from Idlewild’s from the long awaited new album ‘Everything Ever
Written’ we thought it was noteworthy enough to document. And
noteworthy it is as Idlewild seem to have taken a Franz Ferdinand
pill and then injected themselves with a meaty shot of Simple
Minds. Lazy Caledonian comparisons perhaps but musically valid
also. And I for one love it – great choppy guitar lines and a
pop sensibility combined in a perectly restrained way. Welcome
back. 8/10 http://www.idlewild.co.uk/
Patterns – Silver (Gizeh)
There are some people who go through life completely risk averse,
never trying anything which may make them feel uncomfortable or
challenged in any way. There are people who also do that with
their music – flick on Radio 1 on the way to work and that will
be the sum of their cultural immersion to new talent. These folks
are unlikely to like Shield Patterns and they won’t have ‘Silver’
queued up no their iPod shuffle for the gym. ‘Silver’ proves that
music does not have to be singalong, catchy, throwaway. It can
be dark, unsettling, uncompromising yet still lovable. 8/10