Saturday, 10 April 2010
Brand new album from young quartet counting two former Jaga Jazzist members and writers in their ranks, giving new meaning to the concept of progressive art rock and marking a change in musical direction from their two previous jazz albums. For the first time they use a number of guitars, vintage keyboards, horns and percussion instruments, but forget about endless synth soloing and long symphonic excursions leading nowhere. This is young, fresh and vital music with a strong sense of direction, bridging the gap between classic King Crimson and ECM lyricism.
Alongside the 'Best Of...', it is now possible to get a full career spanning retrospective of the oft overlooked Fra Lippo Lippi, by making only two tactical purchases. With producers that included Steely Dan and Dave Allen (The Cure/Depeche Mode), Rune Kristoffersen's Fra Lippo Lippi had considerable talent behind, as well as in front of, the glass with which to realise their shiny (but in no way saccharine) pop sound. Made up of their 1981 'Silence' album, 1983's 'Small Mercies' and a couple of instrumental b-sides, 'The Early Years' is a commendably coherent record that doesn't… Read more
For some reason or other I always forget what Future Islands' singer, Samuel T Herring sounds like as I limber up to listen through their records. Consequently, every time I hear his idiosyncratic croak I find myself having a "Oh, THAT guy" moment. There's no way around the strangeness of this vocalist's delivery. You could say he channels Tenacious D-mode Jack Black, Stewie from Family Guy or Dick Valentine from Electric Six, but no comparison does justice to the peculiarities of Herring's presence. He seems to adopt a gruff, aggrandising, faux-English persona which sounds tota… Read more
Friday, 09 April 2010
Thursday, 08 April 2010
Lifted from the Drive OST, Kavinsky, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo ('im from Daft Plunk) and Lovefoxx's 'Nightcall' lands here backed with Dustin N'Guyen and Jackson remixes. The original has obviously struck a nerve with lovers of the film from whence it came, and proved a biggie on youtube with over 32 million hits and comments such as "It's night, late 80s or early 90s, I'm in my car, alone, feeling lonely and like it, I'm completely free, depressed and don't give a fuck about it…". It's backed up with "Pacific Coast Highway", which caused someone to exclaim "OMG i need my car out of storage… Read more