Monday, 19 March 2012
Out This Week - 19th March 2012
Frankie Rose - Night Swim
So the former member of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls, Frankie Rose, has ditched another band, The Outs, and is flying solo with new album 'Interstellar'. The reviews have been fab and the album sees her embrace different styles along with her usual fuzzy indiepop. 'Night Swim' harks back to the early 80s, mixing post-punk with goth and it's a welcome flashback.
Frankie Rose's website
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Choir Of Young Believers - Ny Nummer Et
The second full-length album from grand Danish avant-folk/chamber pop group Choir Of Young Believers is out this week and is titled 'Rhine Gold'. 'Nye Nummer Et' has a booming, pastoral feel, similar to some of Fleet Foxes' more epic moments. It's difficult to resist a big chorus and with the kind of production treatment this track has been given it could happily grace any great album.
Choir Of Young Believers' website
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Lee Fields & The Expressions
Although not as famous as some of his contemporaries, veteran soul man Lee Fields as been showcasing his fine set of pipes since the 60s, and with the help of Aloe Blacc's band puts out a new album, 'Faithful Man', this week. The title track is just the kind of vintage soul that just isn't normally made to a high enough standard these days. Fields succeeds where imitators have failed.
Lee Fields' website
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Novella - Don't Believe Ayn Rand
London trio Novella put out their new EP of shoegazey indiepop this week on Italian Beach Babes. The five tracks included were recorded with producer Rory Atwell over the winter and have a definite hint of early 90s 4AD bands in the ferocious guitar and understated harmonies, the distortion adds a pleasant psychedelic effect too. Definitely a band worth keeping an eye on.
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OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
Beach House - Myth
*Smug face* As we predicted on The Sound Of Confusion back in 2009, Baltimore duo Beach House are now officially a big band (not like Glen Miller, you know what we mean). When it was announced that the first offering from forthcoming new album 'Bloom' was streaming online (and is now a free download, see below) they were trending on Twitter for the entire day. Getting to this level of acclaim - both critical and public - has been done without selling out or compromising their sound. First taster 'Myth' is more of their usual amazingly lovely dreampop and seems a natural continuation from 'Teen Dream', despite them saying the record may be darker. Maybe it will, but if it's all of this standard it should be another classic.