25/04/2007

Superflu

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Superflu : La chance (Top 5 Records)

 

Qu’ils sont lointains les airs moroses que l’on pouvait se donner du haut de nos quarts de siècle au son de « Dieu que cette nuit est belle ». Déjà on évoquait les rides et les cheveux blancs, puis aussi nos peines, nos rêves,  les heures perdues et nos secrets…

Le vide est de retour. Quelle bonne nouvelle ! « Où étais-tu quand je pensais t’avoir perdu ? » interroge Nicolas Falez ! Et toi, t’étais où dis, hein ? Les rides, elles sont plus profondes…les cheveux blancs dissimulés…les peines ont débarqué avec les croque-morts …les rêves ont pris forme dans les mains de sage-femmes …on court derrière les heures perdues et nos secrets, on finit par les partager …

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22/04/2007

Mixtapes and Cellmates

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Mixtapes and Cellmates : S/T LP (Nomethod Records)

Notwist, Postal Service, Mrs John Soda… in this non-exhaustive list of your favourite electro-organic melancholic pop bands, please do not forget Swedish quintet Mixtapes & Cellmates… Launched in February with the single “Quiet”, their first eponym album is out on Nomethod Records (Aerial, Bear Quartet). Although being shoegaze-tagged, their sound is less distinctive than their fellow countrymen Radio Dept., with an occasional tendency to upbeat it à la New Order (Like Something worth remembering, Moments) or to wreck all saturated walls (Streetlights saved my Life, I left, The better Half…). Very enjoyable and heterogeneous work…

 

ð     Mixtapes and Cellmates : Quiet

ð     Buy the album HERE

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17/04/2007

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists : Living with the Living+Bonus EP (Touch and Go)

Listening to a new Ted Leo album is always a very peculiar experience… From the initial “Why the hell did I buy this ?”, which process leads us to the final “ Can’t stop playing it !” ? This kind of uncommon way he has to bury an emotion under layers of heavy riffs and to lastly procure a thrill while shouting head off must be a part of the answer… Stylewise, he’s again true to himself, sweeping up the frontiers between powerpop, punk, heavy metal and dub... Ted Leo must be one of today’s conquering music heroes. And…like a miracle… this is the first Ted Leo album directly available in my very own country ever! (thanks PIAS).

 

==> Ted Leo and the Pharmacists : "Old Souls know"

==> Buy it HERE

==> "Who do you love" Live solo video

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15/04/2007

Indietracks Festival

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12/04/2007

Indonesian top 10

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From Jakarta to Bandung and Jogyakarta, a wave of fresh – post tsunami - air seems to blow on Java Island...

1) Mocca, the best Indie-nesian band in the world ! New album very soon !

2) Astrolab, the most Sarahesque Indonesian band in the world. Great 3"CD on Cloudberry !

3) Annemarie, the tweeest Indonesian band in the world ! Stunning new LP !

4) Goodnight Electric, the best synth-pop Indonesian band in the world !

5) Ballads of the Cliche, the folkiest Indonesian band in the world ! Just discovered their 2004 Smiley EP

6) White Shoes and thee Couples Company, the easiest listenable Indonesian band in the world ! Collaborating on the next Orwell album !!

7) The Monophones, the most retro-modern Indonesian band in the world !

8) Stereomantic, the most electro romantic Indonesian band in the world !

9) 1900 yersterday, the most DIY Indonesian band in the world !

10) A Slice of Lemon, the most mysterious Indenosian band in the world !

Bonus) Sore, the most anachronic Indonesian band in the world

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09/04/2007

Stars in Coma

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Stars in Coma : Transformation 3" EP (Cloudberry Records)

This is the brand new single from Swedish one-man band Stars in Coma and it’s ace, the same kind of immediate warm feeling you’ve got when listening to The Embassy or Jens Lekman !! The guy – André Brorsson- already released bunches of great songs notably for “Music is my Girlfriend” and “Action Pop!” labels.

 

==> Stars in Coma : Transformation

 

A word on this new label: Cloudberry Records is based in Miami Florida and is run by Roque (known from Plastilina Records and Mirà el Pendulo teams). The original idea of the label is to rehabilitate the 3 inch CD single with jangly releases every month from all over the world in only 100 hand-numbered copies, making them instantly collectable objects! Previous releases only include great bands: Celestial, Apple Orchard, Horowitz, Summer Cats and you can expect more precious mini-CD's to come…

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08/04/2007

Camera Obscura Live 07/04/07

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Antwerp. Belgium. 07/04/2007. It’s 11:15 pm and the Glaswegians are quietly arriving on stage as opening act for “I don’t know which local band”… Tracyanne and Carey are so splendid in their vintage dresses, and…yeah, it’s Kid Frànçois himself taking part of the show with his woollen socks WAW!!!! Such a miraculous moment in itself!!! The set is barely started that the audience - 100 people whereof 80 obviously even don’t have any clue on who’s playing - is disrespectfully mumbling without any break, a real shame I must say!! But the band is not taking any grudge of it and the 11 songs-set (see original tracklist below) is a really professional and accomplished one, mostly driven by tracks from the latest album, highlights being “Lloyd I’m ready to be heartbroken” and “Teenager”. I only realized today Camera Obscura has survived John Henderson’s departure…

 

TracklistCameraObscuraOriginal Antwerp Tracklist - Courtesy of Cynthia

 

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Quand la ville se tait

F. Marchet : Rio Baril

« Quand la ville s’endort, pas de quartier louche… » roucoule Florent Marchet. Il parle de Rio Baril, une ville forcément bien fréquentée…on y croise Eric Arnaud le garagiste, Arnaud Cathrine le vétérinaire, Philippe Katerine le patron du Louxor, Charles Fréger le photographe, Dominique A, homme politique proche de l’horizon et la fanfare locale, le Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra…

Sebmartel : Motus

Mais est-ce une ville ou la campagne ? City or Country ? « Coitry ? » Les deux à la fois semble nous rétorquer l’unique et inclassable Sebmartel. « Les mots mordent, les mots tuent… » comme en témoigne « Motus » en guise d’ouverture…

 

D. Lafore : Bouche fermée
 
Justement, motus et bouche cousue,  « bouche fermée, bouche clouée, bouche à clefs, bouche scellée, bouche claquemurée… », c’est heureusement ce que le maître du phrasé ludique, David Lafore, s’abstient de faire dans son dernier opus « II » à la fois abrasif, tendre, déprimant, railleur et grave…

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02/04/2007

Anne Bacheley

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Anne Bacheley : Station Life EP (Mimikaki)
 

Anne Bacheley, despite her anglicized « y » name-ending, is a pure and undiluted “Made in France” product. Well, in her case, “product” is the most disrespectful and incongruous term to use! She’s foremost a multi-talented confidential artist: photographs, illustrations, fanzines, music…Here we come…clumsy easy music ?...DIY bedroom pop ?...maybe… but above all, cute lil’ poppy songs, far more sophisticated than their light dressing leads to suppose…with perceptible K records / C86-era influences. ”Station Life” EP is available HERE, 60 numbered copies left (out of 133!), with a brilliantly illustrated booklet …do not lose too much time!!

 

=> Anne Bacheley : "Drive in the Dark"

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29/03/2007

Ferns

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Ferns : On Botany (Fruit Records)

 

Long time foreseen, never forgotten, Ferns’ "firstest debut" album knocks at our doors and it was about time…A really arty object actually, with a piece of golf course glued on top! The Malaysians already have good press in their home country and there is no reason for the rest of the planet to snub them! A bit like the Pale Saints, but without any noisy side, they’re Masters in ethereal and atmospheric pop with superbly “strumming” guitars and angelic male vocals. Let’s initiate a dialogue with them:

 

 

All this greenery ! Is "Ferns" an ecologist band ?

We're not ecologists by any stretch of the imagination, just mere city-folks who have a keen appreciation for foliage.

 

But are you sure this charming "On Botany" packaging is 100% biodegradable ?

You know how they say you should stare at the colour green from time to time, to soothe your eyes? Well, the packaging's meant to do that for you. We did try planting real grass seedlings on the cover but figured that waiting a month for the darn things to sprout would be too much for most people!

 

Warren's voice is very aerial, almost unreal, is he human ?

Oh he seems human, alright. Except for the green thumb. So we surmise he's at least 85% human and 15% venus flytrap. You'd be surprised to learn that he was also responsible for lots of unearthly growling noises when he was fronting his old metal band.

 

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Why has the release of the album been so many times delayed ?

Life got in the way. Juggling day-jobs is no easy thing, but making music is sometimes the only thing that keeps us sane. Plus it gives us something to do on weekends :)


How do you see the recent Asian infatuation with twee & guitar pop in countries like Hong Kong, Indonesia or Singapore ? Shall I include Malaysia ?

To be honest, we're probably the only band in Malaysia who sound like we do. It's not that we're altogether twee - we love the music just as much as anyone else - but most we try to incorporate bits n pieces of other types of music (dream/power pop, folk, country) + a small dose of imagination and ambition. But no matter how you label it, good pop music is plain good music. It's dear to our hearts and we hope to spread the word here in our home country.


Are you interested in touring European countries ?
We're very interested in touring Europe, though it's really difficult for Asian bands to break in due to monetary constraints. We hope to change that, though. We'll keep the dream alive as long as we can strum/plonk/bang the guitar/piano/drums…

 

Big thanks to Ferns and Isman

 

=> Ferns : “Wistful Thinking” => BUY NOW !!! => Karaoke with Ferns ! 

 

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26/03/2007

Butcher Boy

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Butcher Boy : Profit in your Poetry ( How Does It Feel To Be Loved)

This summer hour-switch is a horrible thing, weakening my delicate biological stability... Is the purpose to gain a bit of energy or to participate to continued development? Well I’m not in an energetic mood at all and my brain has never been so underdeveloped than tonight!

Let’s forget those pure self-centred considerations and have a look at what springtime is bringing us from the Glasgow shelf again…10 songs, 30 minutes, more than enough to realize – after many listens - that Butcher Boy has this kind of acute pop vision, this fine songwriting supported by razzle-dazzle jangling guitars, fantastic lyrics and such a unique eerie voice…...Lloyd Cole! Remember? Are you ready to be heartbroken? Profit in their poetry!

==> BUY

==> "Profit in your Poetry"

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22/03/2007

Cats on Fire

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Cats on Fire : The Province complains (Marsh Marigold)

 

Our new fave Finnish band -since their unsurpassed 2006 EP « Draw in the Reins »- (pleaaase Ultrasport, don’t be offended, still deeply in love with you too!!) has released its debut full length!!!! To be dead right, it’s ABOUT to be soon officially released but already available through Marsh Marigold shop and Indiepages.

The 3 first EP songs are attending, in a slightly revised arrangement, more polished, more gentle but not too much, with weightless guitars and cleaner-cut organs, as far as “The Smell of an Artist” is concerned. The rest of the bunch is surprisingly more down-beat, alternating between blooming ballads and deep poignant melodies…the more you dig, the more you want to stay in the hole…Let’s bury ourselves!!!

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20/03/2007

Perfect Zebras

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Perfect Zebras : Zebra (Polydor 1983)

Perfect Zebras made two albums. They were just another haughty "synth-pop" band amongst many many others. Nobody wants to remember them. However Paul Robertson, like Mark Hollis, was a prodigious and exceptionnaly gifted songwriter...I'm claiming a compulsory rehabilitation !!! 

==> Perfect Zebras : Close to my Side

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14/03/2007

The Sproutts

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The Sproutts : "Plutons" (Auto-produced)

Planet Pluto is no more: that was one of last year’s saddest news! But planet Sproutts is there for us!! Discovered two years ago with their shining debut “Flying out of the Machine”, New Zealanders’ reappearance, with this freshly auto-produced album “Plutons”, is a 90° turning in their career orbit : vintage instruments on the rocks, vocal harmonies à gogo and ready-to-eat creamy melodies…a  truly exciting identified object, somewhere between Weezers’ catchy hooks  and a convulsing Pinback…

 

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Small talk with singer / multi-instrumentist Chris :

 

-How do you explain less than 50 persons attended some of your recent N-Z gigs?

 NZ is quite small and the population is quite spread-out. So, sometimes it can be difficult to get a following in a city other than where you live. If there's another similar, more prominant, band playing the same night as your gig, it can eat into your audience numbers. There weren't many people at our Auckland gig. I think David Kilgour was playing that night. Also, when you're independent, it can sometimes be difficult to promote your gig in another city. Generally we get a decent crowd in Wellington though.


As an auto-released band, how difficult is it for you to get played or hosted on N-Z radio shows?

Plutons has been doing quite well so far. We've been quite luck really. Most student radio stations have been supportive. National Radio and Kiwi FM have also been fantastic. We don't tend to bother with mainstream radio.


-What has changed in the N-Z indie scene today and where the hell is that golden nunesque paradise gone?

The New Zealand music industy has grown hugely in the past decade. So there's a whole lot more crap than there used to be. It's mostly driven by making money and copying what's been successful in the UK or USA, rather than doing anything original. It's sad and makes it hard to find the really good indie stuff. BUT THE GOOD STUFF DOES STILL EXIST. You just have to look a little harder. Wellington (and New Zealand) has an amzing indie scene. Try checking out Vorn, MarineVille, the Reduction Agents (Auckland), Onanon (Dunedin), Peneloping, the Airports. And most of the old bands from the golden era are still around anyway. We've played gigs with the Bats and Chris Knox- they're still rocking.


-Your sound has clearly evolved to a richer synthetic texture. Which vintage keyboards did you bring over?

We have a Korg microsynth, various Yamaha portasounds from the 1980s, a Casio CT-70 from the 1980s. We've also got a Lucidtone Optical Theremin pedal, which makes most of the crazy space-ship type sounds on Plutons. It's hard to say at this point whether the new direction in our sound is permanent or temporary- I guess we'll find out in a year or so.

-Now you reached the Plutons, didn't you again neglect to ensure you had enough fuel for the back flight?

 We didn't carry fuel for the return journey. However, I am starting to write some snippets in my tiny one-bedroom spaceship. I figure that if I can generate about 40 snippets, that will be enough to get us back to Earth, by which time the snippets will have evolved into songs and we'll be ready for another album.


Finally, I'd like to say hello to all your bloggers in Belgium and the rest of Europe. Hopefully we can get over to see you one day!

 

Thanks to Chris and Charlikiwi

 

=> Get "Plutons" from Powertool Records

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11/03/2007

Acid House Kings Debut

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Acid House Kings : Play Pop! 7"EP (Marsh Marigold - 1992)
 
Six years before getting the attention they deserved with their 1998 LP "Advantage Acid House Kings"on Shelflife, the Swedish boys debuted almost confidentially with this brilliant 7" EP (long-sold out ) becoming the first non-german band to be released on cult Hamburg label Marsh-Marigold...Niklas' voice was a lil' more twangy at the time... 
 

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07/03/2007

Airport Girl

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Airport Girl : Slow Light (Fortuna Pop!)
 

Going through the first 2001 album “Honey I’m an Artist”, I had the feeling the band really sounded great despite not having a recognizable style, a little like a multi-fruit tart…with highly-selected fruits! This feeling is reinforced today with the very long awaited 2nd essay “Slow Light” released early 2007 on Fortuna Pop! (actually the label – one of the best around for sure- is owned by bass player Sean Price).

Although the whole taste is quite homogeneous and self-sustaining, with a very present alt-country stamp, each tune on its own is like a revised cut-and-paste extract of your own discography : Pastels, Felt, the Loft, Comet Gain, Always, The Hit Parade…with really really enchanting moments... Highlights are “Don’t let me down again”, “The Weather Song”, “Twice around the Bay”, “Show me the Way” and “Bullfighting”. Need to be a part of YOUR discography! Buy it HERE or HERE.

 

è Airport Girl : “Bullfighting”

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04/03/2007

The Castaways

Everything is in this gem : piercing voice, contagious beat, straight-line Hammond chords, cathartic shriek , twangy guitar solo...

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01/03/2007

Liechtenstein

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Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills 7" (Fraction Discs)

After the splendid "Draw in the Reins" EP from Cats on Fire, this is the third proper release for Fraction Discs as a label, officially out on 7th of March. Liechtenstein is an all-girl swedish band comprised of Renée, Elin, Teresa and Naemi. Renée has done some live shows with Swedish indie-tronica act Compute, playing the synthesizer and singing. Teresa is also making electro together with Otur, and Elin, the drummer, has played in various punk bands in the past...They've played together for about a year now, and Elin only joined the band in the early autumn 2006, so it's Tammy (playing with Jens Lekman) who has recorded the drums for the single.  

The very C86 "Stalking Skills", which must be in everybody's favourites' lists by now, is a true smash hit, but the 2 other songs are beyond all my expectations : "Cravings" is recalling the best Aislers Set' songwriting and "Fallen Heroes" is so...Heavenliesque...

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25/02/2007

The Sunny Street

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The Sunny Street : "They hurt you everyday + Rainy hearts EP" (Lavender)

Some may remember with sparkling eyes the very short and charming debut album “We sang a yeye song” by Electrophönvintage released 2 years ago on Unique Records. At the time, the french band, carefully driven by singer-songwriter Rémi Parson, was a new bright ray of light in the cloudy sky of shimmering and naive guitar pop “made in France”…

The Sunny Street is the new side project of  Rémi, now based in London with singer Delphine. “They hurt you everyday + Rainy Hearts EP”, released in January on Swedish label Lavender Records, is composed of 12 tiny adorable pop moments, designed in a more introspective, synthetic, pastoral and emotional manner, reminiscent of latest Bobby Wratten essays, wrapping you up instantly in a melancholic mood...

==> The Sunny Street : Greasy Crisps

==> Buy it HERE or HERE

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Couldn’t resist to ask Rémi some questions:

 So,  is "The Sunny Street" a short-lived project ?

TSS was born as a kind of recreation during this impatient summer before we went to Britain but then everything started gathering pace: Andreas from Lavender offered us to release a record and now we are planning gigs, maybe another record… We're so lucky, this little spontaneous career is really nice.

 

Tell us more about this departure , this breaking off and this dream which seems to have inspired you , giving a solemn and melancholic tone to your compositions, compared to Electrophönvintage…

Last year, Delphine was finishing her studies and I had found nothing but a job in a factory, so our English dream came back stronger than ever with nothing holding us back anymore. "They Hurt You Everyday" allowed us to sort our feelings out, sad and cheerful, before going for it!  Things were really jostling together, to say the least!

 

Was it obvious for you that these songs could be sung by no-one else but Delphine ?

My first song was instrumental, I didn't feel like singing and I thought Delphine would tell me, with some reason, it was no use keeping on doing projects …

But as we listened, we found it very different, it had its own sensitivity. So Delphine joined me and her voice made everything clear, the project was now making sense and the songs were created in no time.

 

What is your secret to render in such a good way this string sound on some titles, despite your "bedroom" configuration?

I cobbled up and my computer suffered from it. I recorded the guitars and the voices with the small microphone on the screen and the rest with a cheap software with these strings sounds …I found them very moving because they sounded imposing and fake at the same time. It was a quite sad combination, I think, and it was what I was looking for. I superimposed several layers. As I was not in a hurry, I tried to work harder than I used to, to pay more attention to details. In the end, I was surprised it all didn't sound too cheap!!

 

Is there any chance for a second album by Electrophönvintage to be released this year?

I'm afraid it won't happen this year unfortunately. We've met people in London who were interested, it is going slowly.  Wait and see …! It is nearly finished anyway and we love it…        

 

Big thanks to Rémi and Eve 

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21/02/2007

Hermine

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Hermine : Torture (7" - Salomé Discs 1980)

Hermine Demoriane set up in the tradition of the French punk/no wave divas Lizzy Mercier Descloux & Cristina Monet, unclassifiable, more interpreters than singers... “Torture” was her 1980 debut single, produced by David Cunningham from Flying Lizards... I’m so addicted to the emotional strain of this song…Her voice is so vulnerable…

Hermine’s works have been reedited in 2006 on LTM Records. Especially recommended is the mini-album “The World on my Plates”, originally released on Crammed Discs in 1982.

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18/02/2007

The Orchids

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The Orchids : Good to be a Stranger (Siesta)

The Orchids are a special case in the Sarah Records family. Starting at the end of the 80’s with a series of singles and 2 albums (Lyceum 1989+ Unholy Soul 1991) featuring the finest Felt/Weather Prophets/Postcard influenced pop, they finished with an almost progressive-dance album “Striving for the lazy Perfection” in 1994 which, despite some summits, didn’t quite fit with the initial Orchids’ spirit. Their career ended with the 28/08/95 Sarah Farewell Party gig…and a certain feeling of incompleteness…

 

Then in 2005 came the rumour of the Glaswegians’ rebirth, which I didn’t really believe in until I came across the new song “Another Saturday Night” on the “Little Darla has a Treat for you vol. 24”. Well, folks, the new album  “Good to be a Stranger” is not a mirage and is coming out officially on March 5th on Siesta records. Ten mature and consistent folk-pop ballads reminiscent of latest Go-Betweens works, with lightweight gentle guitars and some female backings… Well worth following them in their -hopefully long- second life…

 

Do not miss them on March 2nd at the London Luminaire and get the chance to pick the first copies of the album ! Already available on emusic !!!

==> The Orchids : I need you to believe in me

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15/02/2007

Pas chic chic

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Pas chic chic : First demo

Wow ! Can't believe what I'm hearing and can't believe it's in French ! Pas chic chic is a new band from Montreal having a similar kind of guitar-bass-korg 60's sound I locked on to with Birdie or Call and Response for example. Very astounding when you're told some of band members (Eric Gingras and Roger Tellier-Craig) are notably from well-known post-rock outfits Godspeed You ! Black Emperor and  Fly Pan Am !! Could we call this "Post-pop" ? "Pas chic chic is the spaces between spaces, where particles writhe in different directions at the same time". That augurs well for the future...

==> Pas chic chic : Sur les écrans statiques

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11/02/2007

Glasgow Tribune

 
1) California Snow Story : "Suddenly Everything happens" virtual single (Letterbox Records - 01/07)
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Honor to whom honor is due, after 5 years of silence, this is the long awaited come-back from David Skirving (founder member of Camera Obscura) with a brand new singer Sandra (ex Superété). Although it's very difficult to make any practical link with the 2002 Shelflife release, it does sound fucking brilliant ! The album "Close to the Ocean"is due later this year on Plastilina / Letterbox and we can't wait any longer...

2) Popup : Chinese Burn 7" (Art Goes Pop - 01/07)

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We've been conquered several months ago by their first speedy-jangly single "Lucy What you're trying to say" and this new one is even more up-beat with great punky guitars and shouts à la Ruts or early Killing Joke...Pogo à gogo !!!

3) Butcher Boy : Girls make me sick single (How does it feel to be loved -12/02/07)

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We met the boys on the "Kids at the Club" compilation and this is their debut single on the very same label "How does it feel to be loved". The debut album "Profit in your Poetry" is due on March 5. Arthur Lee's heritage with early REM reminiscence. They're annouced live at the London Luminaire on 17th of April with Cats on Fire !!!

4) The Hermit Crabs : Feel Good Factor EP (Matinée-01/07)

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Melanie Whittle and Des Mc Kenna are former California Snow Story so is this how CSS could have sound like today if they had not been put "on hold" ? Not exactly cos' CSS is more the David Skirving affair ! The truth is this wonderful debut EP on Matinée is carressing our eardrums since several weeks now and is really sounding like early Camera Obscura. Album out in spring 2007.

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09/02/2007

Deux

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Deux : Agglomerat (Recordings from 1982 to 1992)

"You can be someone - If you grow with me  - Your simple Song  - Is something else  - You simulated  - Your love for me  - You can be someone  - If you grow with me"

That's how I heard Deux and their Ersatz Audio-sounding  "Game and Performance" for the first time thanks to the recent BIPPP (french synth wave 1979/85) compilation. The coïncidence being that the french wave duo was about to resurrect in December 2006 through this restrospective album "Agglomerat" featuring material for the first time on CD ! Everything is in it : Kraftwerk, Deutsche Welle, french synth pop...Those songs "could have change the world but didn't". How they never reached more consideration at the time remains a mystery to me...

==> Buy it HERE !!!

==> Deux : Game and Performance

==> Felicita video :

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05/02/2007

The Postmarks

Silky-smooth classy easy pop topped with Tim Yehezkely’s fondling crystalline vocals and scrupulously produced by Andy Chase (Ivy, Brookville, Tahiti 80). Officially released on 6th February. Even your mother will love it !!!! Stream it HERE !!!

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01/02/2007

Busch

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Busch : S/T EP (Marsh-Marigold Records 1994)

German language has never been an easy one to accommodate with gentle guitar pop. A direct evidence is that nearly all great german indie acts (Bartlebees, Legendary Bang, Pop Tarts, Jesterbells…and later Brideshead, Den Baron…) always did/do it in English. The most significant exceptions to this rule were Die 5 Freunde and Busch, both on the cult german label Marsh Marigold back at the beginning of the 90’s. The latter was even regarded by many magazines as the “German response to the Smiths”. Well, the truth is not so caricatural than that, Busch (text and music by one man, Kreuder) is merely the most subtle, refined and sophisticated act Germany has ever generated !!! Their first 94 eponym EP and their following 96 debut LP “Entsetzlich” both border on the miraculous !!! They reappeared six years later with their excellent second LP “Bossa Nova” on Apricot records and… no tangible news since then…

 

=> Catch them up HERE , HERE or directly at the record labels

=> Busch : Angeklagt

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28/01/2007

The Boyfriends

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The Boyfriends : S/T (Boobytrap)

Being the very first band ever to play on the new Glastonburry "John Peel Stage" is a true honour and being picked by Morrissey to join him on his European Tour must be a quite revealing experience... Massively praised by UK music press recently, here are The Boyfriends with their first eponym full length, released 3 months ago on Boobytrap. Despite a one-track minded overall feeling, the band succeeds in providing remarkable 80's mancunian style pop, with Martin-Moz-Wallace parodic voice and huge Hook-a-like basslines...romanticism, sophistication, melodrama...

==> The Boyfriends : No Tomorrow

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25/01/2007

The Electric Pop Group

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The Electric Pop Group : S/T (No label)

 

This CD cover could be suitable for the next “Best New Act” @ the next “Brit Awards”, a sort of NME hip’ band you’ll need to listen to, well there is some truth in that statement !!  Brit Awards and NME not yet ! But hype almost, and you need to listen to it…of course ! On the menu here naïve guitar pop, candour à gogo and simple-minded lyrics…The contemporary Swedish response to Another Sunny Day

 

-”I’m in Love with a Girl who doesn’t know I exist”! What should I do ?

-“She’s playing with your heart”, “Walk away”!

- I think she’s my “Popgirly”, “the Centre of my Little World”, she’s “Sweeter than the Rest”

-“What’s happened to you my dearest Friend ?”

- I’d like her to “Turn me on” but, frankly speaking, ”I don’t suppose I’ll get a Second Chance”

-“Why can’t you ?”

-“Impossible”

- Do not worry, one day maybe, “Things will be nice” ! Meanwhile, buy this HERE

 

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20/01/2007

The Dreamers (Where is Mr Wright ?)

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One week ago I received a Myspace friend request from a new Anglo/Swedish project called "The Dreamers". I checked it out and first heard a nice women voice on a kind of Bossa Nova song called "A place I know", well, quite good stuff ! Reading a little further I discovered the band members’ names: Sarah Nyberg Pergament (ex Action Biker…fine !) and Kevin Wright. What ? K..e...v..i...n   W...r..:i...g...h...t ? Is this the Twilight Zone ? Well, no, this is the Earth, we're in 2007 and the real Mr Wright, my all-time "él" pop hero, formely known as "Always" is sending ME a friend request !!!

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From all "él records" legendary artists (King of Luxembourg, Would-be-goods, Louis Philippe, Momus, ...), “Always” is, to my eyes, the one who sticked the most to él philosophy : strangeness, lyricism, extreme triviality, fantasy and elegance !!! His 1988 album “Thames Valley Leather Club” is a pure underrated masterpiece, a baroque blend of post punk arty introspection and Postcard-style magical jangly guitars !!!…His recent career as Mr Wright is also a superb accomplishment with several great essays on Le Grand Magistery and Siesta Records (Metropolitan in 2004), the latter enclosing such an instant classic as the delectable “Anna Karina”. More to be announced soon on The Dreamers !!!

==> Always - Amateur Detection (él records -1988) ==> Buy it HERE

==> Mr Wright - Anna Karina (siesta - 2004) ==> Buy it HERE

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16/01/2007

Soda Fountain Rag

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Soda Fountain Rag : "Qui a besoin d'une voiture ?" (Anorak records)

Happy to see french label Anorak back in action with a collection of brand new releases announced ! And the first of the series is this bitterly charming 5 titles EP by Norwegian act Soda Fountain Rag. Well, not strictly speaking a band, more a one-girl project ! Her name is Ragnhild Hogstad Jordal and she's concocting the utmost thrilling bedroom-pop you could figure out ! All the scores selected here are true smacks, between 60's standards, K records and digital europop, the whole coated with innate qualities of bright songwriting !!! Do not miss this !!!!

==> Soda Fountain Rag : "Who needs a Car"

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