2 oh oh 4 oh 1 comp
I created a comp of the new tracks I've enjoyed a lot so far this year (which has been a good one indeed). btw, If anyone can suggest some good software to mix tracks I'd appreciate an email.
The strings in overdrive, the twangy guitar so reminiscent of John Barry and best of all that fantastic minor chorded chorus - it'll take some beating as the pop tune of this year.
Tastes of Chic, minimalist like crazy, organic electronics and a great set of chords.
TV on the Radio-King Eternal
The album track that links back to their great EP the best - vocals are slightly off: a trademark, somehow.
More melodic than on the last LP and with a bent towards indie rather than hip-hop this track even has a guitar solo like they did in the 70's.
Laura Viers-Cloud Room
Mixes Elliot Smith, Liz Phair and Aimee Mann into a nice singer / songwriter mash. Great chorus even if no other song on the LP sounds like it.
Neulander-If You Could
Analogue synths buzzing along with a drum pattern straight outta the 80s. Best electro I've heard so far.
A ridiculous 9 minute epic about sailors and pirates with badly played prog-rock organ sections and that vocal line she does on every song.
Animal Collective-Leaf House
A bit less 'experimental' than normal and all the better for it. Great sonics and lovely massed vocals.
The slinkiest song from their latest LP with fake cowbell and finger picked guitar matched perfectly. "You never so try fer" indeed.
Starts off like a tribute to Neil Young and Buffalo Spingfield and ends all gorgeously soft.
Devendra Banhart-Insect Eyes
Possibly the wierdest writer on the patch at the moment. Great lyrics and heartfelt delivery. The beautiful stripped down - not lo-fi - production only adds to it.
Maybe too 1965 for their own good but, hey, what a chorus!
Swampy and full of buttery goodness - reminds me of the first time I heard Roy Orbison.
Rather silly but delightful instrumental that sounds unlike anything else on their 2 CD "c'mon" releases.
Leaving behind their organ driven instrumentals may not have been such a good idea but this song is just the indie goods.
They keep getting better and better. This combo of sub Beefheart and Cars riffing, grungey guitars and tinkily, twee vocals over beautifully chords is as mesmerising as they get.
Franz Ferdinand-Cheating On You
Loathe as I am to admit a liking for these obvious sound stealers, they do play it with panache.
Liars-They Don't Want Your Corn They Want Your Kids
The only good track from their largely unlistenable last LP (and please don't go on about how it's great they've gone completely experimental when the results are just so much squawk).
Another lovely tune for the Lab canon.