I sometimes wonder where songs like this really originate from
and listening to the slightly-too-warped sounding intro to this
four or so minutes of bewildered ramblings I got the Flaming Lips
influence but there is also something intangible and far less
obvious than that going on with "Good As Gone", definitely. https://soundcloud.com/dangercollectiverecords/boyo-good-as-gone/s-hvMOU
Havana - "Fever"
I wasn't sure what was going on with this one until the chorus
turned out very anthemic, in a big stadium rock sort of way, to
go with the fireworks and people on horseback in the video. Why
call yourselves Deaf anything though?
Your Hands Say Yeah - "Fireproof"
A name I know, although this is the first time anything by CYHSY
has found its way into my reviewing in-tray, and it isn't often
a band does as much with a shaker as CYHSY are doing here. whatever
the song is actually about. I mean, there is much scope for percussion
in music, broadly, but since when is a shaker the actual main
instrument in a song. Then I notice that "Fireproof"
was produced by Dave (Flaming Lips, MGMT)Fridmann, so explanations
accepted, the hand clappers. https://soundcloud.com/cyhsy/fireproof
- "Real Blood"
Every so often I get a track whose intro, whether it's five or
fifty seconds is so mind numbingly awesome that I find myself
playing it repeatedly and I've just spent around a half an hour
doing that with the intro to Venn's growler of a tune, the kind
of song that just keeps drawing you towards it until there is
no actual escape. The keyboard and guitars make their presence
known at exactly the right moments, nigh on six minutes of grimy
atmospherics. Is everything by Venn actually this good? We are
going to want to know.
- '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
Island - "Disconnect"
Noticing that Low Island are
from Oxford and inevitably making a connection with under-the-radar
electronic maestros Breton, whose work alongside that other Oxford
band Foals enlivened 2015 somewhat and "Disconnect"
does recall Breton in its timings and percussive intricacy. https://soundcloud.com/lowislandmusic
Blinding Lights - "Can't
Bluesy pub rock played with a bit of spark, referencing Springsteen,
Paul Young and Graham Parker. Only thing is that I'm not sure
if any of the Blinding Lights are actually old enough to drink
in a pub, but remember that Steve Winwood was about 17 when he
recorded "Keep On Running".
- "Road Blaster"
With a reputation and experience such as M83's main songwriter
Anthony Gonzalez has, you can allow him the indulgence of a track
as throwaway as "Road Blaster" actually is, a middling
electropop number that would probably make little or any impression
on the download charts if it hadn't the M83 name attached to it.
Hard to dislike but you get the idea that Gonzalez can write and
record songs like this in his actual sleep.
Sleeping Beauty - "We Are
I've had a lot of really, really good tracks to write about from
Sweden, there was Sad Day For Puppets, Death And Vanilla and numerous
others but Red Sleeping Beauty want to go back to the sequencing
board and rewrite the tune if they want "We Are Magic"
to do what it's supposed to. One of those songs where all the
necessary parts are present, except that they're in the wrong
order or something. https://soundcloud.com/labrador-records/red-sleeping-beauty-we-are-magic-1