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.
- '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.
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.
- '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
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
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
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
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.