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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 50

Today we start with a quote about blogging from the vacuous, but undeniably huge Internet blog phenomenon that is Sarah Morrison – “Write till your lil heart bleeds. And keep writing…Be the best you you can be. People are drawn to honesty and authenticity”.

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YACHT

Some bands are so experimental that they evolve into a self-indulgent mess of sounds that lose any sense of shape. Others allow their experimenting to push boundaries and discover new teritories, providing the listener with something ultimately enjoyable and interesting, whilst maintaining a sense of melody and structure. Some of the modern masters of this are perhaps Beck, Bat For Lashes and LCD Soundsystem. The latter particularly have influence on Yacht. LCD’s DFA Records signed them up and we couldn’t imagine a better wing to be under than that of James Murphy. Jona Bechtolt’s melodic basslines, tidy beats and jumble sale of sounds waft over the mesmerising vocals of Claire L Evans, who sings in an enchanting echo and occasionally, and perhaps more bravely, simply talks at you. It’s music from another world, but this is one alien ship you would happily hop aboard. It’s never going to climb the charts or meet the mass public, but at it’s peak, on songs such as See A Penny Pick It Up and Psychic City (Voodoo City), you will find yourself hooked. Look out for their debut album, See Mystery Lights, released in August. We list below mp3s of one original track and in addition their fantastic, beat-heavy remix of a Noah And The Whale tune.  (MB)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       YACHT – PSYCHIC CITY (VOODOO CITY)
Hear them here:       NOAH AND THE WHALE – BLUE SKIES (YACHT REMIX)

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THE DRUMS

We seldom find a band whose box of sounds manage to escape any obvious influences, but with Florida’s The Drums we may have found that impossible to pin down group, but hell we like a challenge so here goes…Flirting with the 80s indie pop sound of Factory Records and Altered Images on tracks like I Felt Stupid, then wildly swinging to the Shangri–Las and The Righteous Brothers on the tune Down By The Water. Front man Jonathan Pierce, formally of Elkland, delivers a haunting reverb drip-fed vocal style that is both highly likeable and hip achingly cool. The backing has the soul and technique of Spector, but keeps a firm reign on all the pomp. The odds-on summer hit Lets Go Surfing is where things really take a sharp turn into something interesting. Sounding like Peter, Bjorn and John being covered by a fey and relaxed Jan and Dean, this doo-wop whistling classic will undoubtedly find itself replacing Young Folks as the default tune of choice this year. Debut EP, Summertime, is still available as a download from their Myspace, but you can expect the full LP in the next few weeks. (DV)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        THE DRUMS – LET’S GO SURFING

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MOTORAMA

It’s official. Ian Curtis didn’t actually die in 1980, he sneaked off to form a new band in Russia and this is the result! With all it’s Joy Division darkness and bleak, but thunderous drive, this four piece are giving us something our ears swivel for. Their post-punk, pounding basslines that take centre stage on every track are covered over by beautiful guitar melodies. The atmospheric vocals from Vladislav are poured over the top and although it’s the weakest part of their music, it gives it the cold steel stamp of a dark mood. Very dark. There’s something of The Sisters Of Mercy and The Cult‘s goth culture going on here, or perhaps even the more modern ‘pop noir’ music that Brighton’s very own Mirrors and The (even more recent) Lyrebirds provide so brilliantly in slightly different forms. Sadly for Motorama they fall a little short of these bands, seeming a little one-paced and often missing any killer hooks. However, we aren’t pretending we’re experts on goth music and there’s plenty available here to discuss and take note. As always, we would like to hear your thoughts in our comments section? It’s exciting to discover music from Russia too, as it’s not the first stop on our musical travels – perhaps it should be?    (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       MOTORAMA – BEAR

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Don’t forget to check out The Recommender’s Flickr page that we’ve recently started. It’s going to include any good gig photographs we manage to take, as well as the more official shoots we plan to line up with bands (more info will be supplied on these soon). Find the link on the side >>>>>>>>

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