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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 31

Having scanned the music on offer in the aftermath of March’s SxSW Festival there’s more than a little too much of a ‘type’ of music that’s getting noticed. It’s all a little Lo-Fi or Folky, as per two of the bands listed today. It’s no doubt being hunted out on the back of the dominant success of last years Fleet Foxes at SxSW. At least these pretenders are packed to the brim with quality…

FANFARLO
This one will be easy. I couldn’t put it any more directly than to point out the immediate correlation between this new band and Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse. You know the ticket right? Atmospheric, full of strings and instruments that you’ve never heard of, choral harmonies, strong layered beats and quirky, left-field, melody-heavy music. It’s strong and it’s beautiful. There’s no re-writing the rules here, but instead of this sound floating over to us from across the Atlantic Ocean, it’s from a UK 5-piece for a change. The vocals are fantastic, although very reminiscent of Alec Ounsworth from the band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It’s amazing how all of these aforementioned bands always seem so individual and styled, yet so many pretenders arrive that come across as exact replicas! Only time will of course tell if Fanfarlo are the real deal, but take it from us that there’s definitely plenty of quality and they’re packed full of tunes so take note. Debut album, Reservoir,  is due out May 25th.

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       FANFARLO – LUNA (ysi)

NEON INDIAN
If you enjoy having your Indie music with a sprinkle of Psychedelia then you wouldn’t go far wrong with the weird, yet charming sounds of Neon Indian. Yeah there’s bound to be a wave of this sort of thing following the massive (blog) successes of MGMT in 2008, but there’s still enough on offer with this boy/girl duo to take note. It appears that there’s a little mystery surrounding this pair too. They are a collaborative project by two existing artists who mix their tunes via correspondence. Both names still remain unknown. The fella writes in Austin, Texas and the girl writes from Brooklyn, New York. Their identity has deliberately not been revealed yet, but perhaps this is because they are both already connected to other existing bands themselves, so they don’t want to get it all mixed up. Away from all this frustrating identity crisis is a dreamy, Lo-Fi sound that has plenty of bumping, slowed beats and echoing keys. It’s very stoned, almost like you’re listening to it from the room next door, but there’s still some lovely melodies packed in there too. We would be interested to hear your thoughts on them, as always…

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       NEON INDIAN – 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know) (ysi)

THE JOY FORMIDABLE
Some bands really drive their music. It’s like they don’t just play each chord out, they push it, they force feed it to you. Nirvana did it, as did Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters afterwards. Oasis did it, at least on Definitely Maybe. The Sex Pistols, The Who, Bloc Party, Ash– You get the idea. All great bands, and yes none of which are ‘Metal’ bands. This is because all of them didn’t just play their strong guitars and pound their drums, but they were also great at writing proper tunes. Well this is a slot that The Joy Formidable fit into very nicely. Plenty of that energy, loads of melody. It races along and it’s brilliant guitaring and rumbling bass are the stars of the show. Frontwoman Ritzy’s vocals swoop overhead in a styled and layered snarl. It reminds me of a good Sugar song, circa their ‘Copper Blue‘ album, or anything from the band Howling Bells. This Welsh-born, London-based trio have tapped into a typically successful sound and will no doubt be huge. Their debut, ‘A Balloon Called Moaning‘, is out now on the Pure Groove label, with lots of potential singles on it, plus they tour the UK through May and June. (By the way, we had previously listed another of their tracks, ‘Whirring‘, on The Gig List 23 if you want it…)

Find them here:      Myspace

Hear them here:      THE JOY FORMIDABLE – AUSTERE (ysi)

Thank fuck we got The Joy Formidable in there before we were swallowed by a Lo-Fi overload!! We think there’s plenty of tunes packed into this post, so we hope you enjoyed them all. As always comment, message us, spread the love around a little bit, etc…
Mike

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