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Here at TGTF we get a LOT of Cds coming through our letterbox. Just last week we averaged 3 a day, and whilst this is very nice to be popular and get so much post, it’s often difficult to differentiate between one tedious indie band and the next. However, one lovely artist from Los Angeles made herself jump out by a nice handwritten note, and we got the added bonus of an extra CD. As the press release commented,
“The album’s dead. The market for recorded music is imploding. Nobody cares about shiny plastic discs. What’s an independent artist to do? If you’re Roni Brunn, the answer is a double album: one CD bearing From’s infectious three minute pop songs, the other disc an album from another band entirely, picked from a selection curated by Brunn”
So, I opened the envelope to find a handwritten note, and a copy of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5… and immediately From jumped from next one in a looong queue of CDs to the top of the pile! And the song’s aren’t half bad either….
We’ve already featured Roni Brunn’s new project, “From” on TGTF when they had a video for “One Spring Away” that’s quite special. The rest of the EP is much of the same – short, 3 minutes lo-fi pop that’s like something Emmy the Great would have done if she’d had such a colourful life as Roni Brunn (grown up in Tel Aviv, Israel, went to Harvard, created LA’s Math Club, created a line of high end handbags). At times, she’s like Imogen Heap, at others and American sounding Lykke Li.
Definately watch as Roni becomes a fighting force on the US indie scene, and remember who told you about her first…
Who doesn’t love some US based “dance rock”? Basically, Fall Out Boy, but better and without the screaming 15 year olds. Well, Young Love is just that. Powerful, fun, it’s got a bit of Good Charlotte, She Wants Revenge and combined it just has an infectious quality.
Essentially the brain child of Dan Keyes, they’re playing at SXSW next week, and whilst aren’t amazingly different to everyone else out there, will make a welcome addition to many iPods.
Download the track below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.
MP3: Young Love – Black Boots
Starsailor‘s shiny new album, “All The Plans” comes out today, and whilst you may not have spent much time following them after their first amazing album, Love Is Here, this fourth album is definately worth a listen.
We’ve already shared the great version of the title track the band did with Brandon Flowers of Killers fame, which is far better than the album version. However, whilst you may be waiting for Brandon to kick in on the opening track, for the rest of the album they seem to have matured and finally grown into men from the whiney teenage boys of old.They’ve picked up the sadness and issues of the debut album, whilst maturing perfectly.
James Walsh commented recently that “[the band] have spent a lot longer writing and recording this [album] and the result is the perfect companion to Love Is Here”, and it definately shows. If you like the below, do go and get the album. Enjoy the video to the title track from the album, and also download the (amazing) version with Brandon Flowers below.
MP3: Starsailor ft Brandon Flowers – Tell Me Its Not Over
By Jess Grant
on Monday, 9th March 2009 at 3:30 pm
London quartet The Rakes have resolutely plodded on from one album to the next over the past few years despite their post-punk sounds going mostly unnoticed once past the dancefloors of indie clubs across the country. Still, it’s undeniable the band have knocked out some decent tunes in their past five year existence, namely ’22 Grand Job’, ‘The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect’ and ‘We Danced Together’. Therefore I am happy to say the trademark features that helped in the creation of the above tunes – i.e., the poppy guitar riffs, the thumping bass lines and the brilliantly observant yet tongue in cheek lyrics of frontman Alan Donohoe – have all been successfully carried over to the band’s third studio album released later this month – Klang.
The album kicks off with ‘You’re In It’, a super catchy tune with an awesome guitar riff that hooks you 5 seconds in (literally). The angst-filled lyrics of Donohoe (“You are exceptional/At being sexual!”) compliment the tunes ragged beat, making this an excitingly raw tune to open up Klang.
Next up we have ‘That’s the Reason’ – an unspectacular punky tune that peaks with a rousing sing-a-long chorus which sees the band enthusiastically repeating said title of the song. ‘The Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker’ – the brilliantly titled third track of the album showcases Donohoe’s dark vocal style well (often ala Ian Curtis). It’s undeniable, however, that frontman Alan can verge on quite monotonous sounding at times, yet the edgy riffs coating his voice and the sublime little breakdown midway through the song means this tune’s a decent filler. ‘Bitchin’ in The Kitchen’, meanwhile, boasts a super funky bass line – while the tinkling piano riff amidst ‘The Woes of Working Women’ certainly provides a nice relief from the intense guitars of the album.
Klang picks up with track six, ’1989′. Unsurprisingly, the band have chosen this tune to be the debut single from the album. The poppy guitar, throbbing bass and ‘la la la’ chorus make this a fun little tune that should gain the band some airplay. Donohoe goes onto vent his anger about the dissatisfaction of working life via ‘Shackleton’ – a raw tune that captures the wrath echoed in the lyrics perfectly through it’s many edgy twist and turns.
Another highlight of Klang is track eight, ‘The Light of Your Mac’ – a foot-tapping tune which sees frontman Alan sing in sync with the sunny retro guitar riff. ‘Mullers Rachet’, meanwhile, would not be out of place on Up The Bracket. The Doherty-tinged tune is a nice little ditty, which once again, has the bass line a lot to thank for.
Klang comes to a finish with ‘The Final Hill’. The track is certainly an intriguing album closer since the tune is nothing spectacular. Dark, speedy riffs combined with the usual droney vocals tainting every Rakes song – it’s an interesting choice to close the pretty decent Klang with such a durge tune. Oh well!
MP3: The Rakes – The Light from your Mac
Klang is released Monday, March 23rd. Pre-order the CD now.
Notes from the Underground is back, this time we’re looking at Giant Paw‘s latest release ‘The Stars Are Ours,’ with feral electronics…
This album truly is an exploration of sound whether it be the psychedelic feel of the 70s or the spoken word poetry on opener Flood. Entering this nine-track LP is like sitting on a roller coaster and taking a leap in to the darkness. It’s hard to define as the ever changing mood keeps the listener on their feet waiting to be surprised.
The Syd Barrett comparisons ring true in ‘Mosquito.’ The track is highly reminiscent of early Floyd and the high pitched animal noises that bark and screech in through the track add to the Floyd mood. The whistles and chirps of a country park persist through the record and mixed with the smooth flute on ‘Tea on the Lawn’ calmness prevails. Again there is a changing tone as the vocals for the most part are non existent aside from the random narrative and soothing humming. The complexities of the record are best shown through the intertwined instrumentals which so often take the lead in through the album.
‘Alarm Clock’ is more post-punk inspired mixed with dub and dance elements to create a lazily brilliant track. It’s Crystal Castles-esque in the way it’s laid back yet energetic all at the same time. ‘Skin Off Your Teeth’ is similar in it’s composition but the laid back stance reverts to the dancefloor-filling mayhem of earlier tracks.
‘Push The Light’ is the band’s very own ‘Interstellar Overdrive,’ a long tuned trip through everything psychedelics. This also brings out the Floydish tendencies which seem to hold the band back from further innovation. Whilst it may be as easy as a slag on the ear the band’s creativity seems to be impaired by their apparent attempt to create a Floyd-revival. Other tracks such as ‘Feral’ display the bands ability to look deeper beneath the surface of conformity but there is a repeated sense of ‘The Piper at the Gates..’ through the record and it needs to be addressed before the band can claim their own stripes.
Climatic ‘The Curse of the Giant Paw’ brings a fitting end to this avant garde-psychedelia which takes you from one new sound to the other. The heavy distortion and skillful keys make the album as a whole extremely listenable, and the number of sounds that the band achieve is something which must be merited. However the innovation at times seems forced and the striking similarities to Barrett make the record on the whole less remarkable.
The Saturdays have announced a shiny new tour for June around the UK’s theatres. The rising pop fivesome, who have covered Depeche Modes’ single “Just Can’t Get Enough” for Comic Relief will be playing their biggest tour yet.
Tickets are on sale now, priced between £20 and £22.50 each.
Catch the girls at:
Friday 5th June 2009 – Oxford New Theatre
Saturday 6th June 2009 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Monday 8th June 2009 – Glasgow SECC Clyde Auditorium
Tuesday 9th June 2009 – Newcastle City Hall
Wednesday 10th June 2009 – Norwich UEA
Friday 12th June 2009 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
Saturday 13th June 2009 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sunday 14th June 2009 – Bristol Colston Hall
Tuesday 16th June 2009 – Reading Hexagon
Wednesday 17th June 2009 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Friday 19th June 2009 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 20th June 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Sunday 21st June 2009 – Southampton Guildhall
Wednesday 24th June 2009 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 25th June 2009 – Brighton Dome
Saturday 27th June 2009 – Sheffield City Hall
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