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singles/eps - january2017


 

 

Boyo - "Good As Gone"

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

JG


Deaf 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?

JG


 

Clap 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

JG


 

Venn - "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.

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


Low 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

JG

 

The Blinding Lights - "Can't Get Enough"

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".

JG


M83 - "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.

JG


Red Sleeping Beauty - "We Are Magic"

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

JG