13/03 0 comments
Music serves many roles for me – it can be restorative, sympathetic or soothing. But the purpose I value most of all is when it’s escapist; when all I want is to run away, and a song magics a door out of thin air. ”Step through here,” it says, “leave all that behind for a while,” it says, “stay as long as you want,” it says, “slow down,” it says, and I do, I so gladly do. This scuzzy, droney, groggy, shoegazey single by emerging London psychs Whistlejacket boasts that blessed quality. (thanks to Sexbeat)
7/02 0 comments
4/02 0 comments
This is glum as fuck. No two ways about it. But, heck, it’s beautiful: beautiful in its solemn, burly vocals, beautiful in its regal woodwind, beautiful in its unexpectedly up-tempo (despite said glumness) beat. Plaintive has never been so pleasing. I also like how, just when you’re expecting a second chorus or whatever we’re calling the instrumental refrain, Halls‘ new song just ends, without fanfare or flourish, just simply ends.
11/08 0 comments
Here’s something unusual for a Sunday morning. For over two minutes, Encore involves slow, snoozy swirls of guitar noise: astro-pop as Groves themselves call it. Then suddenly, after a yawny lull, a full vocal kicks in, remembering an isolated moment in a maudlin tone, and the fivepiece take us off into shoegaze or mumblecore territory, Deptford Goth with grunt, a bottom-of-the-barrel blues dirge. How wonderful to hear something so inventive.
16/07 0 comments
I thought I was seeing Arthur Beatrice play tonight… only to find out the gig’s next Tuesday instead. Nevermind: it gives me more time to fall for this gentle new song, which, rather like a The xx song that’s not fronted by Romy, feels strange and foreign with Ella consigned to second vocalist. The week’s delay also means I can turn up to the show having purchased Carter, for the EP – which this song hails from – comes out on Monday.
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