Monday, 21 June 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #25

We Are Scientists - Nice Guys

Hurried-ly done Track of the Week this week, but the good news is that it's not because I'm getting lazy, or because I don't care. It's actually because I'm off to Glastonbury tomorrow evening and therefore have been busy packing. (On a similar note; next week's TotW will be VERY late but will feature my Glasto highlight).

However, amongst the preparatory work I've been listening to the new CDs that have dropped through my letterbox, including the awkwardly named Barbara by the ever wonderful We Are Scientists (playing Glastonbury on Sunday evening). It's a cracking album that ventures back sonically and energetically to the groups fantastic debut album and with former Razorlight sticksman Andy Burrows on drums has the band at their rhythmic best.

'Nice Guys' is far from my favourite track from the LP but it's still a cracking single. Classic indie-dancefloor fodder with great guitar parts and a fantastic chorus, which is all you can ask for in a single sometimes. It's certainly preferable to the current waves of blog-pop, which I tire of rather quickly.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #24

Robyn – Cry When You Get Older

I reviewed Robyn's latest release, the mini-album Body Talk Part 1, recently giving it a 9/10 and in commenting on the utter brilliance of it I may have mentioned that this track was by far my favourite. In fact I said this of it: “an amazing instantaneous End Of Year List dead cert. There's swooshing synthesizers and a keyboard melody that matches Robyn's vocal track. With a chorus that goes “'Cause love hurts when you do it right / and you can cry when you get older” it's completely impossible to argue with”

I could expand upon that here, but unfortunately I've little else to say that couldn't be said by the song itself. I love pop music and this is the best example of 'pure' or 'traditional' (i.e. not a guitar band making pop songs) that I've heard since Little Boots last put any material out. The planned next two releases in this series are now highly anticipated around KPL Towers.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Recent Reviews Round-Up #2

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (7/10)
"the expansive guitars and big sounding drums that Band of Horses take to releasing climaxes are a reawakening to the sounds that so repulsed the original punks"

Hot Club de Paris - The Rise And Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band (8/10)
"Still showcasing the way with words, tight harmonies and spindly guitar riffs that has made the group cultly popular since their debut album 'The Rise And Inevitable Fall...' has some of Hot Club de Paris best ever choruses"

Robyn - Body Talk Part 1
"Pop world take heed: forget albums and try your damnedest to be as good as this."

Villagers - Becoming A Jackal (8/10)
"In a year that's seen very little in the way of memorable debut records Villagers and 'Becoming A Jackal' sticks in the mind"

Monday, 7 June 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #23

Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You

In a year that has seen many a good but few great albums, Frightened Rabbit's third – The Winter Of Mixed Drinks – stands out as a competitor for being crowned the best. It's taken me a while to get around to listening to it, but suffice to say it's emotional impact from it's whisky heavy semi-acoustic rock songs, sung in a thick Scottish accent, is large.

It's a bit hard to pick a favourite track from Winter... but right now I'd plump for this single, for no other reason that it picks the album up to a triumphant note, starting the lyrics with one hell of a kiss off: “This is a story and you are not in it / Fought the pages torn out / Here is a bedroom that you’ve never been in / Here is your shovel / There’s the ground”.

I'm not going to pull the whole 'going through stuff' card, but there's moments of The Winter of Mixed Drinks that really resonate with me, right now. 'Nothing Like You' may not be one of these moments but it is still a fantastic single that, if you're not familiar with the band recalls in the vocals Idlewild and in the music a faster paced National.

Frightened Rabbit - Nothing Like You from Joe Tunmer on Vimeo.