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singles/eps - november 2016


 

Piano Magic - 'Exile'

I like a lot of what Piano Magic are doing with this - the production, the laid back yet uptempo timing, the slide guitar - but why am I thinking that they've a slightly better song than this hidden somewhere in their studio song files? It's performed almost flawlessly and grooves along nicely, but leaves me wondering what it's the b-side of.

JG


 

Roja - 'Company'

I'm not sure if an award for 'best part time band' is a good or a bad thing, or even if that award actually exists, but Roja are quite real and 'Company' sways along like it's flamenco night at the Hacienda, two decades ago. Former New Order bassist Peter Hook is involved somewhere, which should tell you something.

JG


Bon Voyage - 'Don't Tread On Me'

Usually rap tunes have quite a lot to say for themselves, but 'Don't Tread On Me' has a lyric that consists of exactly two lines, one of which is the song title. The music makes a good effort at treading into Daft Punk territory, although the video I've got just seems like a trailer for the song (and album) proper.

JG


The Pixies - 'Classic Masher'

You cannot argue with this one. It's the Pixies, giving us a song with a 'Here Comes Your Man' sort of melody, and a video that belongs on 1990s MTV and that must have taken quite a long time and a lot of paint to put together. Best song you've heard this week, guaranteed, and if you want a ticket for any of their upcoming UK shows then sorry, they've all gone now, so you'll just need to watch the video instead.

JG


 

Seprona - 'How Much Time'

Years ago (about ten actually) it seemed that every time I went to a gig I would find myself standing in front of a Liverpool band called the Black Velvets, whom I think I saw three times in the space of about two months. Now, in 2016, while Seprona don't sound an awful lot like that other band, the silhouetted video images are making a connection of some sort. Alright tune if you like the Coral etc

JG


Invisible Boy - 'Strangers'

This is just a bit weird. Musician Chris Bierden recorded 'Strangers' then made a low-cost video to accompany it while on board a aeroplane, with the turbulence providing some visual effects as the camera shakes about. Not sure about the vocal but the lo-fi approach to air travel deserves a bit of applause.

JG

 

Motion Graphics - 'Lense'

'Remixed by Yasauki Shimizu' it says alongside the title and while I've never heard of him either, Motion Graphics are to be congratulated on their choice of producer for the version of 'Lense' that they've chosen to share with us, the sort of track that you'd need to put on repeat for about fifteen plays to really get an idea about.

JG