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A rather promising mixture of I Blame Coco, La Roux and Florence and the Machine, Sunday Girl has some great electro pop that is both mainstream and familiar and gloriously beautiful in its own right. Here’s her previous single, ‘Four Floors’ to introduce you to what to expect from her in the future…
You can also hear her new song (but without a fancy video and more synthy goodness) here. Jade (or Sunday Girl) is a pretty active blogger with some great insights into her mind available on her blog.
Originally released early last year, Canadian indie rock band Metric‘s fourth studio album ‘Fantasies’ has now been re-released as a deluxe edition, with a bonus disc that features two bonus studio tracks, 3 acoustic tracks, three remixes and two acoustic covers. As I trust that TGTF readers are on the cutting edge of music, most of you have probably heard the incredible album that recently won the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. But if you were living under a rock, then you’ve really missed out: ‘Fantasies’ is album that perfectly balances glam and killer hooks with brooding introspection. It can be gritty and powerful in places and soft and haunting in others, and it is packed with crowd-pleasers like ‘Help I’m Alive’ and their newest single ‘Stadium Love’ (watch the video below).
But I unfortunately can’t say the same for the bonus album: the juxtaposition of Emily Haines’s baby voice with the pounding drums and powerful riffs of ‘Fantasies’ makes for a thrilling dynamic that doesn’t shine through as much in the acoustic versions of ‘Gimme Sympathy,’ ‘Help I’m Alive’ and ‘Sick Muse’. When not tempered with gritty guitars and drums, Haines’s vocals are almost too sweet. The remixes are unimaginative and unnecessary, as the songs that are remixed (again, ‘Gimme Sympathy,’ ‘Help I’m Alive’ and ‘Sick Muse’,) are perfectly dance-able as they are. It would have been more interesting to hear remixes or alternate versions of the less well-known tracks like ‘Collect Call’ or ‘Front Row,’ rather than packing an album with multiple versions of the same 3 songs. As for the new songs, ‘Waves’ is a good effort, but lacks that extra spark that makes the original album so special. ‘Gates’ is very simple, with just Emily’s vocals over acoustic guitar, and while it is certainly pretty, it almost feels unfinished.
The bright spots in the otherwise underwhelming bonus disc are the two cover tracks. Their cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Nobody Home’ sees guitarist James Shaw take over vocals, and the results are pretty good. His low, rough voice works well against the simple piano backing, and the arrangement is true to the original, just without the horns and the strings. Without Neil Young’s southern drawl, their cover of ‘Sugar Mountain,’ also sung by Shaw, sounds a bit like Cat Stevens, and in my opinion is the best track on the disc.
As much as I love the original album, the bonus disc is a hodge-podge of tracks that don’t seem to have been given much thought beyond “could a bonus album make us more money?,” and that’s a shame. I can only hope that Metric puts more thought into it when they decide to record their next album. But as for this Deluxe Edition, unless you’re a super-fan, I’d recommend saving your money and just going for the original.
Full Track Listing After The Cut
Continue reading Album Review: Metric – Fantasies (Deluxe Edition)
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 16th June 2010 at 10:00 am
Yes, yes, yes, I rather love Delays, but there’s no denying that their new album is rather sensational.
This remix of their lead single, Unsung, by brother Aaron Gilbert reflects this – both club ready and that melancholic Sunday morning “look-back-on-the-weekend” feeling, you can’t help but fall a tiny bit in love with it. Download, listen and enjoy below.
MP3: Delays – Unsung (Torch Team Remix)
MP3: Delays – Find a Home
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 6:00 pm
Oxford’s Foals have recently released a promo video for ‘Miami’, the second single from ‘Total Life Forever’ released last month. The body builders are reminiscent of Good Shoes’s ‘Under Control’ (just not as funny), and this one features famed transexuals Calpernia Addams and Glamourous Monique and drag queens in fierce heels, catfighting. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me (especially since it has been revealed that the video was shot in Los Angeles). But have a watch below and tell us when you think.
‘Total Life Forever’ is available now. The band tour the UK in October and November.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 3:30 pm
The Drums, the band behind the sunny ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and the self-deprecating ‘I Felt Stupid’, have announced a UK tour for November and December. Tickets go on sale on Friday 18 June. Their self-titled debut album was released earlier this month.
Wednesday 24th November 2010 – London, Forum
Friday 26th November 2010 – Bristol, Anson Rooms
Saturday 27th November 2010 – Birmingham, Institute
Monday 29th November 2010 – Glasgow, ABC
Friday 3rd December 2010 – Northumbria, University Stage 2
Saturday 4th December 2010 – Leeds, Metropolitan University
Sunday 5th December 2010 – Nottingham, Rock City
Monday 6th December 2010 – Manchester, Academy 2
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 2:30 pm
Folk hero Frank Turner has announced a tour of the UK for December. Presale tickets for all dates (except for the London date, already on sale) go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday 16 June, on www.xtramilerecordings.com. Frank says on his official Web site, “These tickets are bought direct from me and the label and are a little cheaper, but they will go fast. Normal tickets go onsale from everywhere else on Friday [18 June]. Supports for the shows are being sorted out right now and will be announced soon. I, for one, am very excited.” Catch him on the following dates:
Wednesday 1st December 2010 – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Thursday 2nd December 2010 – ABC, Glasgow
Friday 3rd December 2010 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Saturday 4th December 2010 – Plug, Sheffield
Sunday 5th December 2010 – Regal, Oxford
Monday 6th December 2010 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Tuesday 7th December 2010 – Guildhall, Southampton
Wednesday 8th December 2010 – Lemon Grove, Exeter
Friday 10th December 2010 – Academy, Leicester
Saturday 11th December 2010 – Academy, Liverpool
Sunday 12th December 2010 – O2 Academy Brixton, London