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Monday, 31 May 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #22

Hot Club de Paris – Free The Pterodactyl 3

Another video courtesy of This Is Fake DIY and an excellent single from what may be the greatest Liverpudlian band of all time, 'Free The Pterodactyl 3' is taken from Hot Club de Paris latest EP with the infeasible title The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band. It is of course excellent to see this given a video release as not only is it the highlight of the six track release but it's one of Hot Club's best moments and one of my tracks of the year so far.

There's that spindly guitar riff that earmarks it as a very Hot Club de Paris track, even though on the EP there's more indulgence of the group's classic rock influences. That's not to say that there's ridiculous solos everywhere, simply that the songs are more conventional than their math-pop moments, resulting in some soaring choruses of which 'Free The Pterodactyl 3' is easily the greatest.

Although the chorus lyrics are fairly vague: “blue eyes grow ageless / the sky feels contagious”, it's somehow really affecting, possibly down to the melody. Either way, this week's Track of the Week is one that really gets to me, in all of the best ways.

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