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singles/eps - october 2016


 

von Konow - 'Cosmic'

From Finland, an orchestral production reveals von Konow's true feelings for the object of his heart's desire, who spends much of the video apparently running away from him and hiding on the roof of one of Helsinki's more prestigious ancient monuments. Writ large and boldly performed, 'Cosmic' keeps itself just on the right side of actual comedy, enabling us to appreciate von Konow's compositional prowess all the more.

JG


Minihorse - 'Drink You Dry'

Quite a long time ago I had a 10" EP by an obscure US slowcore band called Polyphemus, and Minihorse just reminded me of that, with their tale of stolen phones at a party that's taken at a crawl pace, smouldering with hidden energies as it does so. Always liked this kind of stuff.

JG


Civil Civic - 'The Mirror'

From Australia, an instrumentalist duo that have made a lot of really, really good tracks since I first heard the colossal 'Airspray' and saw its really clever cut-up-from-assorted-movies video in 2012 and Civil Civic just keep going from strength to strength with their grimy, fast paced instrumentals and the cleverly made videos that go with them. 'The Mirror' sees them utilising an oilburst technique to bring the billowing visuals, while continuing to morph musically into the 21st century Emerson Lake & Palmer. Keep it going lads.

JG


Kits - 'Infinity Is Blue'

Why has it taken so long for anyone to really make the ukulele a credible sounding instrument? For a very long time, there's been a lot of sort of 'ironic' ukulele playing, with most serious musicians relying on guitars for the more intricate and louder stuff but now Manchester loungetronica genius Kits is making the four string Hawaiian instrument part of his bass and drum setup and writing some quite good songs to play it on as well. 'Infinity Is Blue' reminds me that I don't think I've ever yet heard an electric banjo (although I'm not very sure what one would sound like).
https://soundcloud.com/musicbykits/sets/infinity-is-blue-sunshine

JG


Lou Barlow - 'The Breeze'

Formerly of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr, both of whom you know about, Lou brings us a spirited sounding acoustic number that's a part of the five track Apocalypse Fetish EP, although the vibes are far from chaotic as far as it goes for this performance. Way to go, Lou.

JG



Tasseomancy - 'Missoula'

Toronto based sisters Romy and Sari Lightman are going to provide us with credibility on a massive scale, quoting Burroughs, Kathy Acker and Gen P-Orridge, dressing up like circus performers and bringing a large horse along in case it all gets a bit samey. So far so cool, but what really makes 'Missoula' a cut above the ordinary is the alto sax playing of band member Brodie West, who actually manages to make his horn sound like a percussion instrument.
https://soundcloud.com/bella-union/04-missoula

JG

 

The Beat Escape - 'Seeing Is Forgetting'

Proper heirs of Thievery Corporation, and from Montreal, the Beat Escape are living an aspirational existence that involves driving around in cars and eating their own-recipe kitchen creations, while soundtracking their escapades with mildly gloomy synthpop epics such as 'Seeing Is Forgetting', which canters along with a suitably autumnal vibe.
https://soundcloud.com/thebeatescapemusic

JG


Trade Wind - 'Grey Light'

The guys in Trade Wind are all members of assorted hardcore metal bands - Stray From The Path, Structures and Stick To Your Guns are the names quoted in the press release and few of you, I am sure, will have heard as much as a whisper from any of those outfits. You might get to hear 'Grey Light' sometime though, a gently paced, meandering, soft focus pop tune reminiscent of, well, make your own mind up about exactly what creative debt Trade Wind could potentially owe to one of my favourite bands from 2005, the composers of jukebox favourite 'Wires' that were the quite good band known as Athlete.

JG