Single Review – Chvrches – Get Away

Chvrches have taken a little time out from their unrelenting showcasing of their debut album The Bones of What You Believe to offer up a contribution to the reworking of the ‘Drive’ soundtrack with the track ‘Get Away’. Foals, SBTRKT and Laura Mvula are just some of the artists taking part in the reworking of the 2011 film’s soundtrack, with Lauren Mayberry highlighting how “the kind of music in the original score fits in with what we are doing” when she was talking on the Zane Lowe show this week on Radio 1. The track has a simple clicking backbeat from which waves of distorted electronica flow outwards to then settle in to a chiming and expansive verse with Mayberry’s distorted and muffled vocal. The track then bursts into clarity and light for the chorus with crisp sounds and vocals with all pop melody and harmony. The song goes on to fade in and out of clarity to really hammer home the chorus in all it’s delicately formed and electronic splendour. A track awash with luscious synthetica.

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This Week’s Music Video with Interpol, Foxygen, Thurston Moore and Saint Agnes

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Sunday Suggestion – Crocodiles – Endless Flowers

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San Diego’s Crocodiles are some of the best purveyors of Lo-fi, psychedelic noise rock in the sunshine state of California. A fine example of the talents of Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell in this field of musical endeavour, is their 2012 single ‘Endless Flowers’ that is from the album of the same name. The warping rhythms ring out relentlessly throughout with the buoyant bass lines and the hammering percussion. The vocal is standing the middle ground of the instrumentals and delivers the lyrics cleanly, yet still with a hint of the deliberately lethargic and attitude laden. A nice and easy bit of noise pop to get lost in.

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Single Review – Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing

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Rock heavyweights, the Foo Fighters have released the first single to arrive from their upcoming eighth studio album Sonic Highways and they as they pay homage to the cornerstones of American music identity, they start off with Chicago in ‘Something From Nothing’. The tracks opens with a lapping and slightly distorted riff and Grohl’s slightly muted and broken up vocal. It then sets about a step by step build up in sound with the clear and crisp vocals, the whining lead riffs, percussion and bolder, scathing rhythms. At the same time, the song’s rhythms starts to accelerate before being ushered in by Dave’s trademark furious scream into a pit of raging and flashing rhythms, bass lines and lead parts along with a now pounding percussion. It’s a great tribute to the scale of the Foo Fighters, brought to bear in one track. Not a huge divergence, but the story to the track and whole album is indelible and it’s the Foo Fighters at their best; setting you up slowly and hitting you with a musical sucker punch. Their HBO series that’s running alongside the album is underway in the states and will start on BBC Four on October 26th
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It’s A Cover Up! The Beatles & Flaming Lips feat. Miley Cyrus and Moby – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

          
As a self confessed Beatles fanatic I usually have reservations about the covering of their tracks. Songs that are some of the most pivotal and important to music and cultural development of the last forty years and for the next forty no doubt. Like it or not but The Beatles will have a legacy akin to Vivaldi, Mozart and Stravinsky and so it’s becoming of more importance that The Beatles legacy is continued and though their music has already spanned the generations, it won’t forever. The general public aren’t listening to Mozart and Bach and that is partly due to it’s exclusivity and tradition. The inclusivity and lack of tradition of The Beatles music has opened it up to adaptation and reorientation that will continue to aspire new sounds, while still preserving their legacy amongst the masses for decades, perhaps centuries to come. More than just a page in a history book. For their legacy to be as dynamic and fluid as their music, it requires their work to be displayed through different sounds and methods and this has been conducted by the Flaming Lips along with a host of assisting artists from Miley Cyrus, Tegan & Sara and Moby to My Morning Jacket and Foxygen as they cover Sgt Pepper track by track on the album A Little Help from my Fwends which is released on October 28th. One of the initial tracks to be released from the album is the psychedelic anthem that is ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.
On the 1st of March 1967, The Beatles recorded the track that was released on June 1st during the ‘Summer of Love’. A track that depicted Lennon’s “lavish daydream” as Rolling Stone put it at the time and features imagery inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll with LSD fuelled visions and imagery. McCartney’s Lowery Organ counter melody set’s the tone alongside Harrison’s washed out and fading guitar, while the bass line creeps along beneath the tracks soaring and glistening whirls and warps. These are accentuated by Lennon’s pioneering vocal sung through a Leslie speaker for a warping and rotating vocal that was also double tracked with the second track set at a slightly delayed speed to enhance and distort the vocals further. The peak in the potential of analogue production, taking it to places that digitalism has only just about grasped.
This year, Flaming Lips along with Miley Cyrus and Moby formed a eccentric trio of rather differing musicians to offer up a 2014 take on the track, replacing the analogue method and production with digital and automated programmes and systems. The result? A track that is more darker and murkier as opposed to eerie and creeping. A subtle difference, yet a noticeable one. Cyrus’ vocals are softer and lost in their presentation as opposed to Lennon’s wiry and rotating vocal. Her vocals warps and fades out with precision; offset by Moby’s very deep and rooted vocal sound. The gentle sweeping of the verses are smashed by the huge and open trap drops that blast the song in an explosion of light and sound. What can be appreciated here is that they didn’t just copy the song, nor  make it unrecognisable, but made it their own with different and innovative sounds, scopes and atmospheres. A worthy tribute.
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Single Review – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment

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A certain Mr Noel Gallagher has finally offered up some new material and details of his March 2nd album Chasing Yesterday. Will this album continue the man’s remarkable trend of all of his album’s reaching number one since 1994? Will that achieving that come at the cost of any real innovation that was talked about for the last two years? The first track to be released from his upcoming album Is ‘In the Heat of the Moment’ and it would seem he has largely dropped the earthy feel of his self titled debut solo LP. The track has more of a buzz plus a more enthusiastic beat and rhythm to it. The subtle percussion of the intro becomes more isolated and crisp as you head to the verses, with a grinding, distorted guitar and a spacious feel born out of a very fine synth chime. It’s no massive departure and it’s one that wasn’t wholly expected, but if anything it shows Noel’s vocals can still hold their own in this track of welcoming melodies, foot stomping rhythms and the familiar man in the middle…

In the Heat of the Moment is out on November 17th

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Single Review + New Video – Shaman’s Harvest – Dangerous

Established post grunge and hard rock group, Shaman’s Harvest from Missouri returned last month with their new album Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns and their new track from the album is entitled ‘Dangerous’. With an unrelenting, heavy riff and crashing percussion along with the powerful and rough vocals, this track is archetypical of the Hard Rock sound.

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