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Nov
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 63

GOODNIGHT OWL

Listening to a newly discovered song over and over and over, for a ridiculous number of times, is rather an irrational and overly obsessive thing to do.  You secretly don’t want anyone to know that the instant this said tune just finished in your earphones you’re fiddling with your ipod to restart it.  Still, let’s be honest, we ALL do it don’t we.  One thing for sure is that it’s very rare and it takes a blindingly good song to cause such an abandon of your usual sensible self-control.  Well we are openly admitting it, Maps & Compasses, by this Australian three piece, was so stuck on repeat the ipod ran out of battery.  Soon enough yours will too.  Welcome to the uncomfortably secret world of Goodnight Owl.  They are fronted by the magical acoustics of Eddie Alexander, originally from Alice Springs, but now of Melbourne.  He creates the kind of strong song-smithery that Bright Eyes used to churn out, with plenty of delicate string-plucking and wonderfully imaginative lyrics.  On their own they would be a masterful set of crafted folk songs, but it’s when Eddie pairs up with the electronics produced on the laptop of Joe Walker that the full effect of it’s addiction takes over.  These beats and samples never drown the authenticity of Eddie’s guitar, rather they compliment it with fragile rhythms and samples that take the songs to an original level.  We guess that we should apologise if this tune makes your commute to work have one solitary soundtrack for the next few days.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.   (MB)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       GOODNIGHT OWL – MAPS & COMPASSES ysi

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SENSUAL HARASSMENT

Thump, clap, thump, clap, thump, clap, thump, clap, clap.  Ever since the invention of Ecstasy, it seems that having an ear for a good beat is enough to get the young folk’s attention fixed onto your tunes.  OK, so there’s a quite a bit more that is required in all fairness, but having a stong beat will always get the party readied.  The beat is precisely how disco, rave, techno, hip hop, and quite literally with drum n bass, get defined in most cases.  Well, this Brooklyn three piece band have that recognizable, perfect disco pace to their drums and your feet will thank you for being attached.  Add in their funky, electro synth riffs and the odd sampled vocal refrain and you will find the rest of your body soon follows your feet.  This is totally awesome stuff, to go with all the other amazing creations that are currently pouring out of that part of New York.  Fans of disco, of the kind that The Golden Filter or perhaps Midnight Juggernauts bring to the party, but with an added groove and more layers, will adore this lot.  Apparently the production team behind these creative fellas include the likes of Jesse Canon (The Cure, Animal Collective) and Alan Douches (Chemical Brothers, Mastodon, Sufjan Stevens), so that may explain the tight construction, confident strutting and rather instant likability.  They offer their stems for a remix here, so expect many chopped up versions of the below tune to spread around the blogs like wildfire.  This is one lawsuit we won’t be lodging any time soon.  By all means, harass away.    (MB)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       SENSUAL HARASSMENT – DADDY LONG LEGS ysi

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MUCHUU

We’ve been absolutely bowled over by this fantastic brother and sister pairing in the last few weeks.  The sister, who goes by the name Milky, provides the beautiful, really rather cute vocals, to go with her cute looks.  If you thought 2009 was a year in which the female vocalist really dominated it seems that the pace will relentlessly continue through 2010, with Milky’s equally brilliant, tweaked voice.  Behind her is her brother George, who’s equally as baby-faced and clearly a master of the synthesiser and sample.  Their magical trip of juxta-beats, melodic choruses and other-worldly pop will equally entice fans of Ellie Goulding and Bat For Lashes.  This is the precise ticket another fellow competitor, The Good Natured, who we blogged about recently here, is already covering to perfection.  However, this isn’t about any such competition, as the worlds that these two inhabit are the kind where they aren’t concerned with anybody else, as they’re too busy having conversations with imaginary friends.  Their world is one where organic, well-crafted pop resides, of the kind that’s covered in fairy dust.  This is regularly evidenced in Milky’s lyrics, such as “…how I love magic, take me there” and “…can somebody tell me where I’m supposed to be“.  It’s music made in the cottage garden for your little sister, but believe us when we tell you that this is exactly how 2010 will be served up for many of us.  Before you retort, think about it, there’s definitely something appealing, during these dark economic times, with music that transports you to the other worlds you thought only existed in your childhood.  After all this doom, it seems like the escape hatch will be well and truly opened next year and it’s bands like Muchuu that have the keys.  Their debut single is out on 30th November.  (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:         MUCHUU – SOMEBODY TELL ME ysi

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5 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 63”


  1. November 26, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Mike, my man! You nailed it with this post! Hadn’t heard of any of these and all 3 made it into my November playlist! Keep it up!

    -B

  2. November 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Sweet! Cheers fella. More to come very soon, plus my ‘Best Tracks of 2009’ list, so there’s bound to be plenty on show, including any tunes that have slipped through the net…
    Mike

  3. November 27, 2009 at 12:21 am

    …oh by the way people… if you haven’t yet, please check out The Burning Ear blog. IT FUCKING ROCKS!!!!!!
    Thanks
    Mike


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