Single Review – Karen O – Rapt

On the September 8th the wonderful and enigmatic Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will release her debut solo album with Crush Songs. This first track from this is ‘Rapt’. A little taste of what is to come in September at just under two minutes. In those two minutes, the song is a single strung out and muted and in a gentle affair with a subtle riff. Over this is Karen’s highly distinguishable vocal which conveys intimacy, narration and distant ecstasy. A simple and basic track that is a small window into what Karen and the new album is capable of.

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This Week’s Music Video with Karen O, Lily Allen, Gaslight Anthem, The Drums and Bleached

Karen O – Rapt

 

Lily Allen – As Long As I Got You

 

The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

 

The Drums – Magic Mountain

 

Bleached – Poison Ivy

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Single Review – Client – Refuge

Client are well established, female electronica pioneers originating from London. Their latest single ‘Refuge’ will be released on August 31st in the UK and on the 25th we’ll be able to get our hands on their latest album Authority. The album looks set to be full of minimal electronica and easy melodies. ”Refuge’ is a good barometer of the album in that sense a host bouncing and rotating synths from which more spring laden sounds trickle off for the song’s tune. This is anchored down and given a destination with the vocals which backed up and over dubbed delicately and this becomes more useful in the airy and spacious chorus and her vocal becomes a real focus. It’s a piece of electro pop at the end of the day but it’s some of the better sort you’ll find.

 

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Sunday Suggestion – Elvis Costello – Watching the Detectives

In 1977 there was a guy wondering around the streets of Islington and other parts of London, who went under the name of Elvis… Costello. Not only did such a bold name choice draw attention to Declan MacManus but at that time, such a name may have got you in trouble with all of the Rotten’s and Vicious’ hanging about. He wasn’t Punk and he wasn’t Disco so of course he was part of the New Wave and ‘Watching the Detectives’ from his debut album My Aim is True is encapsulates the musical edge the genre had at the time. This track is built around a reggae bass line and main stop/start riff. This is emphasised by the occasional bursts of New Wave vigour at the end of the chorus before sliding back into it’s darker tones. The isolated and haunting backing vocals and set behind Costello’s sinister and sort of blasé delivery of what are quite sinister and dark lyrics. At the it’s most uneasy moments, the song is more bare on instrumentals parts and is left with deliberate empty spaces to just hammer the pint home and heighten the senses of what you have left. A living and breathing track from one of the great British albums and artists.

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This Weeks Music Video with alt -J, Jenny Lewis, Spoon and Lykke Li

alt – J – Hunger of the Pine

 

Jenny Lewis – Just One of the Guys

 

Spoon – Do You

 

Lykke Li – Gunshot

 

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Single Review – AMP Live feat. Saint Tiimbre – Run Back

Amp Live - Run Back (feat.. Saint Tiimbre)

AMP Live is a producer from the acclaimed hip hop group Zion I, who is already known for being a highly accomplished programmer, producer and arranger. He’s releasing he debut UK album in Headphone Concerto on August 4th and in anticipation of this he has released the single ‘Run Back’ from the album which features Saint Tiimbre. The close and trembling string samples open the track to be joined by the small rotation of the tracks guitar loops and then the click beat to tie it all up. Once the instrumentals are tied down then the they can expand and change their form as they do along with the sweeping and airy vocal too, that is rotated itself next to the drowned out and dragged out vocal behind it. A refined and laid back track that is more intricate than you think.

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Sunday Suggestion – The Killers feat Lou Reed – Tranquilize

In 2007 and off the back of their second album Sam’s Town; The Killers wanted another song to add to their upcoming Sawdust release of a compilation of their B-sides. For Tranquilize they had the pleasure to work with Lou Reed and the resulting combination saw The Killers craft one of their most dark and coldest tracks in ‘Tranquilize’. The opening bass line almost creaks through the eerily whirring synths and straining riffs. Brandon Flower’s vocal enters in a slightly reassuring but uncertain fashion before being joined by the earthy growl of Lou Reed. The children’s choir vocals adds to the sense of unease as does the startling rapidity of the run up of the bridge section with the flashing synths and rising strings. By this point Flower’s sails his vocal as high as his range allows before it ends in a calm and sedated manner with Reed’s outro. A great song and for it’s one their best. An interesting collaboration that worked.

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