New indie four piece Slowlights, describe themselves as a rock outfit. Hmmmm….nay, I wouldn’t. This is indie, more sort of 90s influenced. Their latest Dive Right In is a strident guitarry number, with some brilliant distorted riffs, that are almost like chiming bells. The vocalist (i’m going to go with Dan Clark? Could be wrong, he’s just top of the band list) has a good set of lungs on him, singing with a sort of ebullience, tinged with that cockney ‘don’t give a damn’ edge made popular by the likes of Blur. There’s backing vocals that in some ways clash with the lead, but you know what? It works.
“We had to suffer while they kept their stiff upper”
On the Windrush reflects on the experience and mentality of those who arrived in England from the West Indies in the 1940s. It’s edgy, dystopian electronica to start, not unlike something you would have heard from the Prodigy or UNKLE in the 90s. But watch the (bleak) video and you will hear hope in this music, in the form of a sweet chorale towards the end.
WOW. Having followed Sivu since first seeing him at In The Woods, it’s amazing to see how he has gradually gained some big big attention. He’s supported the likes of Augustines, Rae Morris and most recently Nick Mulvey, and featured on tracks with Alt-J and Marika Hackman, and now with his latest album Something on High, he finally gets that limelight he so so deserves. His voice is unlike any other I’ve heard – it sounds vulnerable and almost child-like, but not in the sense that you don’t trust him to deliver some knockout tunes. Bodies is a particular favourite, with some brilliant instrumentation in the extremeties. Previous release Better Man Than He has been reproduced, that it feels like the aural equivalent of Georges Méliès film, with it’s black and white crackles and slightly eery yet imaginative scenery and props. I couldn’t love this more.
Circle – One
Some cheeky electronica from Sydney-based Circle, their new video ‘One’ features Bert and others from the Muppets in human form. Really. (Actually, it’s footage from this film). There’s a two note blip-blop that will stay in your brain FOREVVVEERRRRRRRRR.
Tei Shi – Bassically
Slow disco jingle jangles from NYC. Lots of grinding bassy…bass, fairly simple synth layers with some Tarzan-style wailing to pack a punch.(via DIY)
Cepasa – NOVE
I won’t pretend to know much about the Ukrainian music scene, but I definitely would not have expected this. I don’t even know where the Ukraine is (my bad), but now I want to know just so I can go find Cepasa and congratulate him on this gift of an album. It’s deep, layered and intricate electronica, with some great sound samples. Just try out opening track ‘Even more’, ‘Keep Me Down’ and trip-hop-esque title track ‘Nove’. BLOODY DO IT.
First of all, I must say, I completely regret googling ‘cat meat’. Don’t do it unless you’re SICK.
Mild trauma aside, I love this Cat Meat. It’s softcore Americana. Eldritch City Dwellers is their latest album, and the whole thing is full of dense textures and wispy, fragile vocals. ‘A House is Not A Motel’ has some really effective string accompaniments, interweaving between vocals and guitar riffs. Instrumental track ‘I Preferred You When You Were Ill’ is very Radiohead – stark, with solo violin and some striking instrumental sound effects, swinging from comfy to eery throughout…it’s good.