February 25, 2011
Things have been going a bit reviews crazy here at EE towers, and it’s been a while since I’ve posted up any music – apologies.
Here, then, are some more than enjoyable tracks from the first couple of months of this year…
I came across this track on a compilation entitled New Weird Australia: The Sound of Young Canberra, which is pretty self-explanatory. The pleasingly disconcerting nature of Spartak’s contribution stands out as a highlight.
Taking it back to 1990 with a band that have become de rigueur on the influences lists once again, supposedly inspiring the minimalist compositions of The XX and recent Massive Attack releases among others. Here’s my personal favourite from the Heaven or Las Vegas album.
Another album that scandalously passed me by in 2010 was Gayngs’ Relayted, an inventive collection of not-understated songs of craft and ingenuity. Here are a couple of the album’s slower cuts, of which there are a few…
The untimely death of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan early this year caused a stir among the music community, and here’s a great indicator as to why from 200o’s The Noise Made by People.
Brooklynite Brian Lindgren produces instrumental electro/hip-hop under the alias Mux Mool. This shimmering head-nodder is taken from his Drum EP 2 released for free earlier this year.
A bit of dream-pop (sorry) from Soft Powers’ last album Bad Pop. The title says it all.
Bit of euphoric guitar music from California and Sub Pop’s Dum Dum Girls, complete with the surfer-rock vocal melodies of frontwoman Dee Dee. He Gets Me High is from an EP of the same name, coming soon.
Brooklyn-based Sepalcure mix ’90s house sensibilities with bassy tribal rhythms, none more so than on the EP Fleur. Here’s the title track from that inventive release.
I’ve recently become one of many to have finally realised the true brilliance of The National. The Ohio five-piece pedal a distinctive brand of guitar-based enigma, fronted by the Edwyn Collins-like baritone of Matt Berninger. Secret Meeting is the opening track from 2005’s Alligator, the band’s first for Beggars Banquet.