02
Oct
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 54

We have three very original and adventurous artists on show for you today, but each one comes with that rare and rather wonderful ability to mesmerize and trap you with their unique creations. Welcome once again aboard the good ship Recommender – let’s go floating…

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NIC DAWSON KELLY

Following on from our coverage of the excellent Brighton band, The Agitator, we are pleased to be able to provide yet another artist who neatly slots into a similar foot-stomping, blues-based pot. Nic Dawson Kelly was born in Sheffield, but has been known to spend periods of time living in Brighton, so we like to imagine him as one of our own. His box of tricks is tightly packed with originality and style. The instant his vibrato singing sweeps into shot, you’ll think of Anthony Hegarty, or perhaps Brian Ferry at his most adventurous, but his sound is just as brave and developed and shows off what a confident performer he is. Blues themes run through his tracks, with a familiar harmonica and excellent, distorted guitaring that’s poured over the chugging beats and whistled melodies, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the days of Mungo Jerry. The blues tone continues to be found within the lyrics, as he narrates his yearning for a better day, “I don’t feel so cool about that, I just want my life back”. Like Bob Dylan, he likes to hold your attention with a touch of story-telling, but it’s done with more theatrical pomp. It’s music that’s stripped down to its most honest, always simple, always enjoyable, and full of historical American influences. His debut album was released this week on The Runners Club label.   (MB)

Find him here:        Myspace

Hear him here:       NIC DAWSON KELLY – THE MUSICIAN

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THE HALF SISTERS

We live in a world where music is often formulaic and bred for the commercial markets. A world in which bands often look for influences and form bands out of their heroes templates. Where scenes and collectives form homogenized groups that sound pretty much like each other. Well, this is definitely a world that The Half Sisters don’t live in. They’re not in my world, or your world, they are very much firmly in their own. It’s a J M Barrie-styled land of fairies, twinkling stars, fantasy forests and unicorns. You would imagine this to be off putting, being somewhat inappropriate and rather twee in this modern economic world. However, those that know the three girls, (all of which are actually related), will realise that it isn’t just a show, a style, or something they reserve for the stage. Even when not performing you find them constantly getting in giggling huddles and giving each other reassuring pecks on the cheek, as if nobody else can see them. They play their music with broad smiles as if they haven’t a care in the world. You get ukuleles, flutes, rattling snare drums, amongst other instruments we’ve never heard of, and hand made colourful costumes with bright headdresses. They’re irresistably gorgeous, energetic and somehow refreshingly alluring. Prepare to revisit your childhood.   (MB)

The Half Sisters by The Pistoleers.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       THE HALF SISTERS – COME ON LOUIE

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TELEPATHE

With several remixes of their single Chrome’s On It circulating Blogs, this girl duo (pronounced Telepath-ee) have been bobbing heads and moving feet for long enough, so it’s high time we brought them to you.  And the fact that, (Recommender favourites), TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek produced them ought to increase your curiosity.  With their debut album, Dance Mother, released by I AM SOUND Records, your curiosity will be rewarded, however it’s fair to point out that even he was never going to bring them all the way back down to Earth.  The girls’ love of 80’s geometric sweaters and their friendship with Brooklyn’s Effi Briest might imply that they belong to the famous borough’s avant-garde scene, but their debut’s tracks step beyond the confines of the classification to bring something more to the plate. With a professed love of syncopated-rhythms, it’s no surprise that their album is beat-driven, but it also possesses a depth of melody and an almost intangibly space-like largeness of sound that goes beyond any program’s capabilities and could only have come from the band’s own vision. It’s never going to make them commercially huge, but there’s always value in a little bit of boundary pushing.   (OG)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       TELEPATHE – SO FINE

Hear them here:       TELEPATHE – CHROMES ON IT (THE SHOES REMIX)

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You can come back down to earth now, step out of the secure pod, as we come to the end of yet another fantastical story. Feel free to step back on board again with more selected highlights from The Recommender in the next few days.

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3 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 54”


  1. 1 JD
    October 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    thanks a lot for making the songs ‘previewable’..
    your blog rocks anyway, but this way is even better 🙂

  2. October 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Many thanks for your comments JD.

    We used Soundcloud’s player as a test. We are looking at a few minor improvements here on the blog, so pop back soon to see things in full effect.

    As a footnote, Zshare allows you to listen to tracks, if you don’t mind ignoring adverts, so that’s what we’ve used before now.

    Mike


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