May 26, 2012

ST. VINCENT Beautiful dissonance

Nothing sounds quite like it, which is a rare thing these days. Somewhere between your prettiest dream and your scariest nightmare, ST. VINCENT's 3rd album "Strange Mercy" is the perfect follow-up to "Actor", her excellent release of 2009.
The sound is a little harder, the production always flawless and impressive.
Every track is like a new city to discover in St. Vincent distorted world...

May 23, 2012

BEACH HOUSE at my rescue...

This song is just pure beauty. Escaping is easy...
On a loop starting now, my song of the month! Definetly.

Oh and excellent new album of course. One of my favorite bands actually.

May 14, 2012

Remembering the early days of SPLEEN UNITED

Today, I got excited when I found out that Spleen United had released a third album in early 2012...until I heard it!
Many electro-based bands have become too "clubby" and drained of mood and textures as the "hard-electro over-compressed syncopaded" sound took over a few years ago (which really just gives me a headache). Spleen United is a good example of that commercial electro trend; it's no big surprise as their 2nd album was already taking a big step in that direction. Yet, that one was still enjoyable in parts.
Now, what a heard today was...

Ok, let's remember the good stuff instead! The whole first album of this Danish band is excellent from beginning to end; a classic unique electro-rock sound that stands the test of time; as strong as Gary Numan and Ladytron's best work in my point of view.
Here is "Come on figures" taken from "Godspeed into the mainstream (2006)"...a must in every indie-electro lover's library.

May 08, 2012

EMA somewhere between heaven and hell

I hear Sonic Youth, I hear PJ Harvey, I hear Patti Smith; I hear rock n'roll greatness!!!!!
Woo-oooooooh! Let Ema hit you hard my friend.
Excellent album "Past life Martyred Saints" and other EPs available on Itunes.

May 07, 2012

WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY. Classic Indie Melancholia

One of my all-time favorite song for those lonely & lovely warm summer nights...
This 8:10 minutes beauty is taken from their 2004 release "We fight till death", my favorite album from them.
Great band!

May 03, 2012

LYKKE who? Yes, her again!

No, this is not just a blog about Florence & The Machine and Lykke Li exclusively...although it might look like it at times. But productive hyper talented ladies do get my attention, what can I say!!! lol
Here is a new song from Miss Li taken from a cool underground electro compilation titled "INGRID, Vol. 1", which is available on itunes. The kind of "various artists" collection that reminds me of my "Overdose" days; my first big DJ night in 2001.
Could electroclash influences be back in music already?...

Well, it has been 10 years, I guess it could! Wow, time flies.

May 02, 2012

FLORENCE breathes the life out of the evil queen!

As much as I prefer my Florence acoustic, intimate and more textured...I always get excited when she releases something new. This big dramatic song is the first single taken out of the "Snow White And The Huntsman" movie soundtrack! Typical Florence; great songwriting and huge sound, even a bit too huge at times. I think less drums and more harp, piano & guitar would have highlighted the impressive vocals and choir arrangements better. That said, great song for this soundtrack. Enjoyed it.

Oh...while I'm at it! Following this new release you'll find an incredible live rendition of "no light, no light". That's what I mean by naked and acoustic; her voice at its best. Fantastic build up with the choir again and that last note with the strings at the end is just out of this world!