Monthly Archives: September 2013

Old Love / New Love

Out with the old and in with the new, they say. Well I don’t fully agree with that. There’s nothing wrong in sticking to the principles of the old if it bloody works. Why do you think phrases like “Old School” and “Retro” became on-trend? Everybody wants to have that NEW sound, but there’s always been something inherently cool about the old. That’s why hipsters and so-called ‘true’ muso’s always pretend to be massive fans of The Beatles and Eric Clapton. Rightly so as well. It’s the old that pioneered music to what it is today and needs to admired and remodeled.

But it’s not always about black and white oldies like The Beatles. Sometimes when a band finds a great sound, that kind of old can be applied to the second album or release to almost replicate throughout a whole new LP, and a lot of people have a problem with it, but I personally love it. A lot can go wrong by trying to be ‘different’ or ‘experimental’ and it’s when it does go wrong that absolutely no one gives a shit that you were cool, hipster and brave with the latest release. Look at MGMT for instance. FUCK their second album was shit-house. So much so that I don’t even remember anything on it and walked out during their set at Bamboozle, New Jersey in 2010 because they didn’t play much of their first album. It was shoot-my-brains-out boring.

Alright, so that sentiment aside, the latest track from Brooklyn native Twin Shadow entitled Old Love / New love is now available on iTunes today and I couldn’t have wished for anything cooler. Everything that was amazing from his 2012 album, Confess is there, tweaked in the simplest ways to still allow this new release to shine brilliantly on it’s own as a catchy and trendy yet gritty pop track. So gritty in fact that all my gaming nerd friends will be pleased to know that it was included on the soundtrack to the record breaking GTA V.

If you haven’t heard of Twin Shadow before then check out this new one but seriously don’t miss out on Confess as well. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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The Royal-est of Concepts

Swedish superstars and Phoenix impersonators, The Royal Concept are out with a new EP to follow up the gleaming single On Our Way and as always it’s pretty consistent. Although I was hoping for an album, I guess I can’t complain with at least two new tracks as it’s better than nothing.

The standout on this little disc is the inspiring Shut The World, complete with an almost siren like synth sprouting through the intro to signal the coming of a fucking amazing EP. It’s a bit cheesy at points, but the indie anthem is worth a solid couple of listens.

The Royal EP is out now in Spotify.

Update: So Shut The World has been made unavailable in Australia, so here’s another cracker from the Royal EP entitled, Radio. The thing with this band is that they’re so damn good, any track will do.

 

CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe first stream

CHVRCHES debut album The Bones Of What You Believe has been anticipated worldwide for the good part of a year and now we can finally rejoice as Faster Louder has begun streaming the album ahead of its supposed release tomorrow.

Exciting stuff. Check it out through the link below.

http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/36939/First-listen-CHVRCHES-The-Bones-Of-What-You-Believe

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Follow Me On BlogLovin

Someone just showed me that there’s this website that makes blogs much easier to follow. You can follow mine via the link below. This same person also sent me this fantastic song below. Chocolate by The 1975 off their debut self-titled album released on the 2nd of this month.

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Fenech-Soler debuts sophomore album on Hype Machine

Presenting the best album you’re going to hear for quite some time. The boys from Fenech-Soler will be officially releasing their stellar sophomore album Rituals in another ten days but as of this morning, for a limited time you can listen to the album in it’s entirety via Hype Machine.

I’m way too excited and happy about this to write anything in depth but I’m sure you’ll see a few posts in the future raving on and on about it. Follow the link below to get a glimpse of the new album and let me know what you think in the comments below.

http://hypem.com/premiere/Fenech-Soler#

PONY PONY RUN RUN

French bands eh? Pony Pony Run Run are massive, strangely enough. I’ve only just heard on them now, but with a name like that you never know what parts of the world are listening to these guys en masse. That being said, I wish I was one of those people who found them in their prime. The album You Need Pony Pony Run Run came out in 2009 and I’m only just going mental for it now, much to my embarrassment.

Weird band name aside, the music is consistently fun, cool and musically impressive. Highlights I’ve found so far have been Out Of Control, Future Of A Nation and the back to the 80’s pop/electro ballad Love Veritable.

 

 

Thank Laser Picnic It’s Friday Mixtape: September 13th

Behold another edition of Thank Whatever It’s Friday Mixtape’s, coming at ya this time with St. Lucia’s freshie as well as some new shit out of that wonderous part of the world, Sweden, a country that seems to be absolutely chundering out brilliant musical acts at the minute like a lad on a gap year.

A couple of cheeky little hits from the blog over the past two weeks but if I was to provide a sufficient summary, I’d say this week’s mix may or may not get you dancing. For me, sure thing; but like everything else on this blog, and in fact any music blog, it’s all subjective.

Get off my back and have a great weekend, OK.

St. Lucia – Too Close

So as of 2 hours ago, everyone’s new favourite band St. Lucia posted their latest track off the upcoming album to Hype Machine. Similar to everything they’ve brought out it’s absolutely friggen amazing.

Sounding a bit closer to their previos self-titled EP, Too Close is jumpy, melodic and emotional. One thing I feel like I need to proclaim, is that I believe the man behind this classy pop outfit, mister Jean-Philip Grobler has probably the most impressive voice in all of electro. In a genre where attitude seems to matter a lot more than musical quality, St. Lucia stands out for all the right reasons.

MTN Men

Last week I ventured over to the Oxford Art Factory to check out Tigertown but stumbled upon something so much more. Brisbane outfit MTNS were the support band that night and impressed widely with their hollow vocals and epic ghostly effects, combining to form a strangely gigantic sound.

The lead guy looks a bit girly and timid but when matched with the vulnerable sound of MTNS it makes sense. The film clip for their debut single, Lost Track Of Time, is also pretty cool showcasing the best of New Zealand despite kind of looking naturally glum and depressing. I highly recommend checking this out if you get the chance. MTNS and New Zealand.

The Jungle Giants – Domesticated Man

The debut effort from Brisbane outfit, The Jungle Giants, entitled Learn to Exist is out as of late last week and it’s pretty great fun. After basking in the spotlight that was Triple J’s feature album last week we were able to view in advance some of the best tracks from the record and Domesticated Man stood out as the pearl among an already strong as fuck record.

The Jungle Giants are a tribute to the amazing indie pop that is absolutely spewing out of Australia at the moment. Another fun fact: their female guitarist Cesira was voted Bachelorette of the Year by Pedestrian.TV over here in AUS. Check it out and head to iTunes to buy the new album.