CYNICAL PEOPLE FAILING TO UNDERSTAND ART Pt: 472,962
VENERABLE INDIE BAND CHANNEL MOP TOPS
QUI "AWKWARD HUMAN INTEREST" (COBRASIDE)
RELEASED? Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Freedom, people get very excited by the idea, very cross when they feel that it's being denied to them or others. So, in our part of the world we have 'freedom' and Qui are using their theirs to make records that sound like someone has been listening to Bristol trip beats while trying to indiefy The Beatles and, strange to report, it's hellishly good. All clean crunches and deliberately punched beats that roll into what's very nearly a jangled chorus.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Yes.
WHERE IS IT? Qui are here.
QUITE LIKE THE VIDEO
MARCUS O'NEIL "WAY BEYOND THE SUGAR BEET" (TALL ORDER RECORDS)
RELEASED? 1st May..
SOUNDS LIKE? A drunk mumbling a
Nick Drake impersonation, but this is
only the first track and the aching
strings are only making my brain ache
and I'm not going to need it tonight, so
let's move on, sunlit uplands?
Apparently not, this one is called ''Over
And Out'' and never has Neil Young
sounded so thoroughly wet. Still, early
days, press on, on to ''High Enough''
and this is much better, still horrible in
that fractured, white boy funk not being
funky at all, but the nagging piano riff is
cool, so things are looking up and we'll
take another... Bad idea, the taking
another and the harmonica and the
lowly keyed vocal mumble and ''So Low''
is, hopefully, the lowest point.
No such luck, so let's stumble along
to the last track, ''It Doesn't Hurt At All''
and hope that it doesn't... It does,
broken fingered, boxing glove guitar,
more faux funk and while the vocal is raised to a tetchy yowl, Small Faces it ain't.
IS IT ANY GOOD? It's only March, but "Way Beyond The Sugar Beet" could be the worst album of the year. Indulgent shite.
WHERE IS IT? www.marcusoneil.net
ISN'T IT IRONIC?
LITTLE CREATURES "LITTLE CREATURES EP" (FRIDGE RECORDS)
RELEASED? Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? I wanted to slag 'em off. Well, who
wouldn't? You get pulled off ''EXile On Main Street'' to
listen to some people who've been playing together
for three years and they've released a five track ep,
come on. Alas, the opener, "Kangaroo" is an
aggressive and percussive, chop and swoon thing
that does actually sound less than the million miles
you'd expect from an Aborigine shindig. The next
couple are pretty wet paper, but then they pull it
back with the perpetual hiatus fracture-fest of
"Animals" which is more Alainis Morrisette than
anything else, but with added whistles and well
trained birds, it's pretty mental, but tight at the same
time, so maybe Ms Morrisette vs They Might Be
IS IT ANY GOOD? They're not going to trouble a chart anywhere near you, anytime soon, but a couple of these tracks are going on to jukebox here.
WHERE IS IT? http://littlecreatures.believeband.com/
SOMEWHERE, EDDY GRANT IS CONSOLING LOL CREME
SUMMER HEART "U GOT ALL I'M LOOKING 4" (SOUNDCLOUD)
RELEASED? 27th April.
SOUNDS LIKE? A vaguely reggae shape shifter that makes you think that Hanson are wrestling with 10cc in a swampy production that seems determined to eliminate anything from the treble range. This is a clever move, a little salt with this little something that is almost totally sugar makes it slightly less annoying.
IS IT ANY GOOD? It's clever, cloying and annoying, but I suspect that they keep the good stuff elsewhere.
WHERE IS IT? On soundcloud
A BOY IS BORN IN HARD TOWN MISSISSIPPI
2KM2 "WHAT'S COMIN?"
RELEASED? 7th April.
SOUNDS LIKE? Oh my giddy fucking
gods, I know this one, I really do,
because this is such a Stevie Wonder
''Higher Ground'' riff nick that I can
hardly hear the track for the sirens.
Obviously, they go all Glucifier
menace on the vocals and the beat is
stamped ferocious n cute and the
clavinet runs through it like like a stick
of Stevie Wonder rock and these
people, let's assume that 2KM2 are
people and not a stray bit of computer
code, and they've just said ''This is a
boss riff, we're having it and we're
doing this, so dance or fuck off'' and
that's cooler than bankers heart, so
let's dance. Not you, you can fuck off.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Oh, it's way better than that, ''What's Comin?'' actually funk rocks and at least one of the remixes channels ye olde prog rock of Yes. There is nothing beyond the grasp of these people, except the lawyers of Stevie Wonder.
WHERE IS IT? www.2km2.com
MORE PORNOGRAPHIC THAN INDECENT
LORETTE MEETS THE OBSOLETE "SEALED SCENE" (SONIC CATHEDRAL)
RELEASED? 7th April.
SOUNDS LIKE? Comes in howling like a Wolf
who eats nothing but air raid sirens and clatters
along on horses made from old ships cables.
This is fucking brilliant and for two very good
reasons. Firstly, because I fucking say so and
secondly because it sprints along in haste
more pornographic than indecent and that'll give
the entire psyche rock audience the chance to
have the huge heart attack they've been waiting
for since 1866. Seriously, this is fucking
brilliant, it's ramming a punk dildo up the
complacent arse of shoegaze and Lorette
Meets The Obsolete should get a medal big
enough to surf on for this track alone. Oh,
there's feedback as well, what's not to like?
IS IT ANY GOOD? May have advanced this theory before, but I'm sticking with fucking brilliant.
WHERE IS IT? www.facebook.com/obsoletelorellemusic
NO SLUDGE, NOR TINSEL NEITHER!
BOBMO "WHEN I LOOK" EP (MARBLE)
RELEASED? April 2014.
SOUNDS LIKE? A sly, measured and saucy bit of floor filling
candy that'll do as much for your brain as your hips, if you
give it the chance, and you will, because Hugues Ray is a
subtle artist and given the fact that he plys a trade and
ploughs a furrow through a brutal, beat dominated genre, he
is a premier creative. "When I Look" ticks all of the dance
boxes, but tips a wink to Chic as it shimmers along a clanky
and high tuned keyboard riff and the drifting synth sheets are
as artful as anything you could pull from the entire prog-
rocking eighties. It's also a remarkably uncluttered and
unfussy bit of work, this is a man who refuses to see every gap in the mix as something to be rammed with aural sludge or tinsel. This is very cool dance pop.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Superior product from a genuine artist.
WHERE IS IT? On Twitter & Learn Francais
JAGGED LITTLE FILL
KINETICS "THE OCEAN" (BIRDS WILL SING FOR YOU)
RELEASED? Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Crowded House teasing Hootie and his blowfish, a strangely anglo-americana thing and thang going on and the jagged little fill that runs through this a smart bit of kit. It's all busy, big hat, big chorus and crowded with good things, mostly blowfish and houses, but the guitar does go all sturm und drang and that'll give everyone a thrill when it's played live.
IS IT ANY GOOD? It's a lot of fun and the most successful anglo-yank thing since Keith Richards was allowed out tom play with Gram Parsons.
WHERE IS IT? www.kineticssweden.com
BEING MORE BACON THAN TOKSVIK
BOTTLED IN ENGLAND "ARCHITECT" EP
RELEASED? Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Sweet, you can lob words
like 'dubstep' and other words like 'drum' and
'bass', but that's all bubbles n fluff. Bottled In
England are more than broken down jargon,
Bottled In England are pop of the purest and
toughest type, they swoon, sigh and slippery a
way through the electronics and the beats to
make things that have subtle wrinkles in the
folds of their perfect and purely platstique flesh
and they brutalise the beat with merry fractures, "Say It Again", and bind it with sly strings. They do a great many other things as well. It's hard to beleive that this is just an EP, we've gone a bit loopy on the repeat button and it just keeps getting better.
IS IT ANY GOOD? If it was possible to spell 'phenomenal' we'd say it was that, because it is.
WHERE IS IT? www.bottledinengland.com
OUTER SPACE GETS
PILLAR POINT "PILLAR POINT"
RELEASED? Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? The press release
tells me that Scott Reitherman is the
man who is Pillar Point and while it is
my sacred duty to wipe my lovely
bottom with nothing but press
releases, the one for this album is
nicely low key and, amazingly, bang
on the money. Pillar Point is a work
that does pick the better bones from
the Depeche Mode corpse, but it's a
darker bit of work that also combines
the cute stuff from Tears For Fears
while making a zombie out of Howard
Jones. So, this is, for those who like
to keep things neat n tidy, an arty,
but accessible electro pop thang and a rather good one... "Eyeballs" is back beaten electronica that actually swings along a sweet pop chorus and I haven't got a lyric sheet, but the snatches are engagingly skewed n screwed and "Curious Of You" is a track that Talking Heads always wanted Brian Eno to make for them and my favourite from the nine on offer here is "Strangers In Paradise", a jazzy shapeshifter that's probably got the ghost of McCartney on the chorus, but the build to nowhere structure is an elegant bit of work that pulls the rug on all those 10cc comparisons you were going to make.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Yes, go hear what I mean at the link thing, the bandcamp option works best. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the Tears For Fears video we put in because the 'official' Pillar Point one has got adverts on it.
WHERE IS IT? pillarpointmusic.com
Little creatures, big bubblegum!
Are you reading the Unpeeled shit?
AT LEAST THREE GOOD TRACKS
DEATH AND THE PENGUIN "ACCIDENTS HAPPEN" EP (BEST BEFORE RECORDS)
RELEASED? 5th May.
SOUNDS LIKE? Clor. Around
twelve years ago there was a
band called Clor and they did all
of this and by 'this' I mean taking
the melody out of everything and
then fracturing the rhythms into
bits that even a three hundred
year old jazzer couldn't put back
together again, they signed to
EMI, I went to their launch party,
the rest is not history, but the
point is that both Clor and Death
And The Penguin arrive fully
formed and sounding three
successful albums confident and
that's confident enough to press
at least three good tracks into one
fucking mess called "Snuffed Out" and I shouldn't go on to hear "Strange Times", but you're nice people, so I do and it's a really, genuinely, regardless of your genre preference, fucking awful track.
IS IT ANY GOOD? It's always subjective, but two facts cannot be denied; they can play very well and they still choose to play this indulgent bollocks.
WHERE IS IT? On Facebook, oh the disgrace.
You put the Budgie up there!
not in The Undertones