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Video of the Moment #544: Lykke Li

 
By on Monday, 8th August 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Before Lykke Li left Sweden to start her American tour this past spring (the tour I caught in DC in May), she recorded this sparse and dark version of ‘Jerome’ with two backing singers. Haunting and beautiful, watch it below and see what you think.

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Album Review: Charlie Simpson – Young Pilgrim

 
By on Monday, 8th August 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

First Charlie Simpson sold shed loads of records with Busted. Next he realised his dreams in post-hardcore outfit Fightstar. And now he has decided that the next step in his musical evolution is, surprise, surprise… a solo record. What everyone is doing it these days. Simpson will always be remembered for those days when he jumped around singing about the ‘Year 3000,’ the Air Hostess’ and of course the fact that he was the one with the dashingly bushy eyebrows. Yet it seems that Simpson will continue to attempt to erase his boy band heritage with yet another attempt at breaking the charts. I was a big fan of Fightstar but in all honesty, they were never going to be anything more than a Busted side project to casual observers.

‘Young Pilgrim’ is Charlie Simpson’s debut solo effort and while it has been lengthy in production, it does have its merits. While I expected it to follow the same template that Fightstar used (known for their less heavy songs), it has surprised me in its musical brilliance. Unfortunately, the lyrics are discernibly poor: I mean, “my heart grows to the size of an orchid”? Sorry Charlie, I’m not buying it.

The two singles released ‘Down Down Down’ may not have assaulted the charts as Simpson would have hoped, while the fate of ‘Parachutes’ (video below) will be found out soon. These two singles are the stand out tracks on the record. As said, they are lacking in lyrical creativity, but they are catchy and stick in your head, and that’s where this record finds its strengths. Each song, from the whimsical ‘All at Once’ to the morbid ‘Cemetery’, has the power to resonate inside your brain. This record falls down at the fact that it is too long. As an acoustic record, you begin to feel that when you are nearing the end of what would work in an EP length that ideas are being recycled. Seven songs would have been enough on this offering from Simpson, and the overbearing length could be the downfall of this piece.

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While this first offering does have its merits, it’s nothing spectacular, it is an acoustic record that offers catchy songs with a few good choruses. However, the standard was set for acoustic records last year with Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Flaws’ (review here) and Simpson has a long way to go before he reaches that kind of level.

6.5/10

Charlie Simpson’s debut solo album, ‘Young Pilgrim’, will be released in a week (15 August) on PIAS. He goes on tour in the UK in October.

 

MP3 of the Day #374: Penguin Prison

 
By on Monday, 8th August 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Today’s MP3 of the Day is a remix of Penguin Prison‘s ‘Fair Warning’ by South London house act Dirty Vegas. I like this version: it’s fun, flirty and as should be expected, has a monster groove. Listen to it and download it below.

 

Art Brut / October and November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 8th August 2011 at 9:30 am
 

Art Brut have announced a UK tour for October and November. Tickets to this tour are available now.

Wednesday 5th October 2011 – Liverpool Mojo
Thursday 6th October 2011 – Sheffield Plug
Friday 7th October 2011 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Saturday 8th October 2011 – Coventry Casbah
Sunday 9th October 2011 – Bath Komedia
Monday 10th October 2011 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 11th October 2011 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 14th October 2011 – Preston 53 Degrees
Saturday 15th October 2011 – Darlington Inside Out
Sunday 16th October 2011 – Derby Vic Inn
Wednesday 19th October 2011 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 20th October 2011 – Kingston Hippodrome
Friday 4th November 2011 – London Garage (last.fm show)

 

Young Rebel Set / September 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 8th August 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Young Rebel Set will be touring the UK in September. Tickets for this tour are available now.

Monday 19th September 2011 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 20th September 2011 – Leeds Empire
Wednesday 21st September 2011 – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 22nd September 2011 – Liverpool Academy 2
Friday 23rd September 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Saturday 24th September 2011 – Middlesbrough Empire
Monday 26th September 2011 – Birmingham Rainbow
Tuesday 27th September 2011 – Cardiff Ten Feet Tall
Thursday 29th September 2011 – Bristol Thekla (Pressure Club)

 

Video of the Moment #543: Baby Monster

 
By on Sunday, 7th August 2011 at 10:00 am
 

What is the video for Baby Monster‘s ‘The Rise of Charlie Sunrise’ about? You tell us. To me, it’s chronicling a day in the life of a pre-teen Lykke Li. Watch it below and see if you agree. The song is taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, released in late June.

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