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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 55

Hope you enjoyed our last post all about those great Shoes remixes? For today we are enjoying a return to the indie shores of Recommender-land. A familiar and rather brilliant place, with three gorgeous pointers for you to enjoy.

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FREELANCE WHALES

New York is pumping out so much great music at the moment, but to be fair to this beloved city we aren’t sure it’s conveyor belt ever stopped?! The next band to have plonked onto our playlists come from the Williamsburg area of the city and this awesome collection of friends are only too happy to share out their music. This five piece group come with a sunny disposition, almost reminiscent of a long gone 60s hippy era, with their vocal harmonies and pretty guitars that tingle right through you. There are modern elements here too though, with melodies that wouldn’t look out of place on the more delicate end of Lemon Jelly‘s spectrum. It’s instantly addictive, full of intertwined rhythms and the kind of pop song structures that rest perfectly in an almost subconscious, comfortable part of you brain. They’ve barely been going a full year and hardly reached out beyond New York, yet they’ve already managed to construct and release their debut album, Weathervane. It’s an ear-opening, multi-textered, perfectly crafted piece of work which, considering its rapid construction since their inception, shows us that this group clearly have songs bursting out of them.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       FREELANCE WHALES – GENERATOR ^ FIRST FLOOR ysi

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT

It’s very rare that we write up a band who have stepped out beyond their debut material. It’s not only the nature of blogs, but our specific aim is to introduce you to new things, so its pointless covering artists that you’re already aware of. Although we’ve known of this Scottish four piece for some time, it’s not really until the tracks from their new album, Swim Until You Can’t See Land, (due for a release in Spring 2010), started arriving in our inbox that we felt encouraged enough to Recommend them. They’re managed by local Brighton resident and tour manageress to the stars, Storme, and have been snapped up by our local friendly label, Fat Cat Records, who’s recent signings also include the likes of The Twightlight Sad and Recommender favourites We Were Promised Jetpacks. We’ve still not quite managed to find out why it is that the label, based in the (very) southerly city of Brighton, keep snapping up bands from Scotland of all places! Either way, their northern A&R man is doing an awesome job. Frightened Rabbit recently returned from a stint touring America on a label showcase. They’ve also secured a performance at this years Q Awards show later this month, prior to going around the UK supporting Gomez in November and then through December in support of Modest Mouse.     (MB)

Find them here:          Myspace

Hear them here:          FRIGHTENED RABBIT – SWIM UNTIL YOU CAN’T SEE LAND ysi

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VOLCANO CHOIR

Our attention has recently been caught by an intriguing collaboration. It consists of the entire cast from the band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees and Justin Vernon, fresh from his success with Bon Iver. It initially looked like a side project; however this Wisconsin super-group have actually been making music together since 2005, predating Bon Iver’s success. Surprisingly Justin Vernon’s vocals aren’t the most striking thing on show here, as it’s the music that grabs you by the balls on their debut album, Unmap. Upon first hearing their track, Island IS, it’s as if you have walked in on the band just warming up their instruments, as they experiment with loops and sounds that come at you in reverse. Choruses and verses take a back seat as the track begins to comfortably drift and soar hauntingly, only to suddenly pull back into a sweet tempo. Once Vernon’s distinct voice kicks in it all begins to make perfect sense, as the different layers collide beautifully. All their experimental notes and peculiar rhythms succeed in their attempt to hypnotize. Innovative, often bizarre, intense and profoundly good, Volcano Choir show us that Justin Vernon and friends have plenty in their collective lockers. Finest moments on the debut are Sleepymouth, Still and Island IS, the latter of which we attach for you below.   (MH)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:         VOLCANO CHOIR – ISLANDS IS ysi

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We’ve been promising changes here at The Recommender for a little while as we look to give the blog a full refurbishment. Meetings with web designers and other lovely, helpful folk mean things are now slowly taking shape. It’s looking like 2010 should start with our desired tweaks completed. Nice.

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