Thursday, December 8, 2016
The songs mix electro pop with French pop and electronic dance music, and sound perfectly current for today's tastes despite their date of origin. 16 Visions of Ex-Futur isn't a re-release of the original album, but effectively a tribute album with covers and remixes of the songs from the original album. In addition to updated interpretations from the original artists, contributions come from Nite Jewel, Jaakko Eno Kalevi, Laetitia Sadier (late of Stereolab), Forever Pavot, Ramona Gonzalez and others. The result is a delightfully swirling and rhythmic soundscape in which you can get happily lost. And then press replay over and over again.
By the way, Crammed Discs has been one of my favorite label discoveries of the year.
Crammed Discs page for 16 Visions of Ex-Futur
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Soliti Music page for My Brain Hurts A Lot
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Adult Contemporaries is out now via Lolipop Records in CD, vinyl and digital formats (cassettes are sold out).
Bandcamp for Adult Contemporaries
Monday, December 5, 2016
For Simple Is Good, Meursault is again Neil plus collaborators. In this case, Robyn Dawson, Fraser Hughes, Sam Mallalieu, Reuben F. Taylor, Sophie Dodds and Bart Owl. The songs are varied, with powerful emotions expressed acoustically via tracks such as stunning opener "Simple Is Good" and the gorgeous but heartbreaking "A Kind Of A Cure", soaring dramatic pop as in "By Gaslight", alt folk as in "A Killer Chorus", and full on rocking intensity on tracks such as "The Fix Is In". As would be expected, the stars of the show are Pennycook's voice, and his songwriting. With respect to the latter, his approach is poetic, but direct and often dark and angry. It is an economical and highly effective approach not only because he is a gifted songwriter, but also because a vocal instrument such as the one possessed by Pennycook can sell any message. The atmospheric arrangements provide rich support for the compositions, but never overshadow them. This EP is an elegant and polished gem, perfect for the winter months. It is available in CD and digital formats.
Meursault - Simple Is Good from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.
Bandcamp for Simple Is Good
Song By Toad Records
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Bandcamp for "Born To Hurt" / "Make Me Lose Control"
Friday, December 2, 2016
Well, there may be no single answer, but Scotland's Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers have an answer. According to JY&TPGLP, sometimes you have to dance in the gutter, troll through the graveyard, share copious tears and contemplate degradation and mortality to know that you are alive and feel good about your life. And their motivation for you to do so is their darkly addictive dark soul, doom wop, and gutter Gospel. A few years ago we covered Luck, the band's smashing debut LP. They are back now with Goths!!!, seven songs that overall are a bit slower in tempo and quieter in volume, but packed with dark emotion. The album opens with "The Tigris", a simple piano-driven arrangement in which the protagonist tells of life and loss, ending with a decision to drown himself in the titular river. Showcase tune "The Gospel According To The Selfish Gene" follows with a glorious slice of roadhouse R&B. It is so good I've provided it twice below, one a stream of the test pressing, the other a portion of Jacob's live performance of the song. One of the best tracks is the following "Grace of God", in which Jacob tells of a man who has lost his job, home, family, and eventually his life. "Winter In My Heart" is a jazzy, nocturnal meditation that you'd expect to hear as the last patron on the club while the barman cleans up and the roadies pack the amps (Jackson Browne, eat your heart out). Next is the dub dominated "Care Home", which addresses the grim life in a home for the aged. Even at seven and a half minutes, it could run longer with no complaint from me. The album closes with the dark tales "Bits of Glass" and "The Heart". The later is one of my favorites on the album, and is my preferred tune for a late night whisky before bed.
The arrangements are spare, but spot on throughout. Jacob's bluesy vocals, ably backed by Cassie Exeji of Golden Teacher sell the message, and the package from London's VAVA Records is first class. Wallow in the darkness with us -- it is surprisingly fun!
For Goths!!!, Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers are main man Jacob Lovatt, with Jamie Bolland, Richard Holmes, Michael Bleazard, Christopher Haddow, Niall Dobbie, Cassie Exeji, Stuart Evans, Emily MacLaren. The album was recorded at Glasgow's Green Door
VAVA Records page for Goths
Thursday, December 1, 2016
link) for the latest album from Martin Newell's Cleaners From Venus project proved quite popular, so we are pleased to alert you to a new album titled Cleaned Up Collectables. Consisting of thirteen songs Martin recorded as demos in 1987 for the album Town and Country, which have been digitalized and otherwise cleaned up for your listening pleasure, it is a fine addition to your collection of Martin's brand of jangling, idiosyncratically English songcraft. Take "Denmark Street" and "Cardboard Town" for a test drive, and if they pleasure your ears, you can stream the entire collection. It is available as a digital download at the Bandcamp link below.