Monday, 26 July 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #30 - Tramlines Special

Blood Red Shoes – 'Heartsink'

The Count And Sinden feat. Mystery Jets – 'After Dark'

Tramlines (Sheffield's annual free music festival) occurred over the last weekend, and although I wasn't present for the whole thing and was therefore unable to catch acts such as Pulled Apart By Horses and Darwin Deez I managed to fully get my monies worth.

On the Saturday it was to the Drowned in Sound curated New Music Stage featuring the most Keep Pop Loud friendly line up of any stage on any day. Chapel Club had the honour of being the first act that I caught, and although the puny soundsytem did them no justice it was obvious that they were nearly as good as their Thursday-at-Glasto defining set. Dinosuar Pile-Up and The Twilight Sad were both different types of noisy, as could be expected and deserve mention but it was the headliners who provide us with our first of this weeks Tracks of the Week. Blood Red Shoes are a formidable live act and have this past week unleashed their new video for 'Heartsink'. My favourite from their recent Fire Like This album it brings to mine questions about art and destruction that I would have discussed here if I'd decided not to go for a Tramlines festival theme.

A theme which I'm stretching somewhat for the second TotW/Sunday review. Only catching three bands on this day The Neat (another holder of a TotW, back in April), Mystery Jets and Echo & the Bunnymen. And Mystery Jets didn't actually play this song. But they wouldn't, because it's not actually one of theirs. A collaborative effort with a London electro outfit The Count & Sinden Will and Kai from the Jets provide guitars and vocals for a track that, as well as being as summery as sand in your ice cream, holds all of the essence of Mystery Jets. Even more baffling seeing as the vocals are provided by a man who's not even MJs lead singer. Any who, Mystery Jets were ace at Tramlines and this song is also something that I really like. Let's hope it's a hit.

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