October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
If, like me, you’ve been waiting for Still Corners debut album for what seems like an eternity…..rejoice – the time has come. Creatures Of An Hour is streaming now over on Paste. FINALLY.
September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
LOOK AT THIS it’s Teeth’s album available to stream. It seems like an age ago that I first heard ‘See Spaces’ and fell in love with Teeth, now that their debut has finally arrived it’s good to see that they’ve carried all of the energy of those first demos into the full record (I’m especially happy to see that ‘Pill Program’ made the cut!). This is an album for partying hard and dirty; blast it loud and have the time of your life. (And if you enjoy that you probs should go ahead and order it)
February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
MEN’s debut album Talk About Body was released this week. The group consist of Le Tigre’s JD Samson, Michael O’Neill of Ladybug Transistor, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi of artist collective LTTR. They are an electronic outfit, but their bio states that they speak “to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and demanding liberties through lyrical content and an exciting stage show”. A little deep for dance music? Not really, it’s only if you stop and pay particular attention to the lyrics that you become aware of the deeper sentiments. Which is quite refreshing; it adds a deeper layer to a genre that can be nothing but sounds to dance to.
In this case, they are highly enjoyable sounds. Highlights come in the form of ‘Who Am I To Feel So Free’, ‘Simultaneously’, and previous single ‘Off Our Backs’ (the video for which you can view below). The vocals are very often anthemic: chants of “Boom, boom, boom” and “Who am I to feel so free? Who am I?” pumping their way into your head, whilst the beats and guitars used pulse and grind along. It’s a pop-tinged record with a dirty edge; a dance record that makes you question whilst you rock out. It’s fun, fresh, and a highly recommended listen. (Which handily is something you can do here thanks to Spinner)
January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Esben And The Witch are one of the bands I’ve been most looking forward to hearing more from. ‘Marching Song’ was one of the songs I found most refreshing, intriguing and exciting over the past months, and now you can hear their full debut, entitled Violet Cries, on their website. Go here to stream it, you can also find three remixes available for free download.
October 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
Witch-house. Hmm. A peculiar term that seems to be being used with quite a regularity to describe bands such as Salem and oOoOO. The fact that I dislike Salem but love oOoOO makes me want to disregard this term, but I actually see it as quite fitting. The spooky, ethereal nature of oOoOO’s tracks conjure up images of haunted places and smoke filled scenery, so I suppose a reference to witches is kinda somehow relevant? Yeah?
Whatever the hell you want to define this as, I like it. oOoOO’s self-titled EP is now available for streaming here on XLR8R.
September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
My love affair with The Hundred In The Hands has been a rather accidental one. I heard a couple of tracks, thought they were interesting, but didn’t give it much more thought. I then bought their ‘This Desert’ EP randomly in Piccadilly Records (shop of dreams) a few weeks ago, and loved it. It’s been played many, many times. And yet still, I didn’t pay much attention to who this band were or where they had come from. Luckily for me, it turns out they’ve been prepping for their debut album release, which is happening right..about..now.
You can stream the self-titled debut LP from The Hundred In The Hands (who are a two piece – Brooklyn’s Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman) here thanks to Spinner. So far, I adore it. Review to follow…