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Dec
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 65

FOREIGN OFFICE

With this wonderful four piece out of London town you can count the influences one by one as their tunes blast out of your stereo.  And they will blast, as this is one band that are truly worth donating a couple of speakers to.  This is not to suggest they aren’t original, contemporary, or thoughtful in their sublime constructions.  You will hear choppy guitar riffs and clapped breaks that are straight out of The Clash catalogue.  It’s with these familiar elements, and particularly with the vocals, that you are reminded of those other recent Clash-influenced troubadours, the excellent Golden Silvers.  There’s a delightful playfulness to their songs, with armfuls of melody, swinging choruses and tunes that smoothly build up, with the use of that trusted old trick, a key change.  It’s beautifully tidy stuff, that satisfyingly unfolds like an oragami puzzle, leaving you wondering how they put these things together to start with.  The influences don’t stop there either, with their track Leaving The House, (attached below), particularly reminding us of The Fine Young Cannibals, circa their album The Raw And The Cooked.  Now that is a band to be influenced by!  Anyway, we received more info by email recently informing us that they only formed a year ago (!) and are due to release their debut single at some point early in 2010.  They also mentioned recent support slots of other Recommender favourites, Wave Machines and O Children, showing us that their slot selections are just as good as their influences.    (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       FOREIGN OFFICE – LEAVING THE HOUSE (…removed by request)

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VOLTAIRE TWINS

Even far away Australia isn’t immune to the epidemic of 80s influenced bands that we see, or rather, hear everywhere these days.  So permeating is it that genre names such as electroclash, electropop, synthpop, nu-rave, and other countless descriptions seem to lose all meaning.  But as an Australian blogger said of this electronic duo, and occasional triplet, some bands have managed to remember the importance of solid songwriting, successfully quelling our electro-fever induced nausea.  This Perth band not only makes us feel better, they really, really make us want to dance.  While very synth(-etic) in sound, their lyrics carry substance and the songs’ build ups and breaks occur intuitively.  Musically they clearly take some cues from Ladytron, and they site Robots in Disguise and bitpop darlings Slagsmålsklubben as influences.  What further distinguishes them is their duet-style singing.  Maybe it’s the fact that singers Jaymes and Tegan Voltaire are brother and sister that their interplay feels genuine and comfortable.  Ladytron, Soulwax, Goldfrapp, and Peaches top an impressive roster of acts the Voltaire Twins have already supported in Australia, so it’s seriously hard to believe they remain unsigned.  You can get in on this early by downloading their three released tracks online, but keep your eyes on the land down under for further developments with these synthesising siblings.   (OG)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:     VOLTAIRE TWINS – D.I.L. ysi

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ACID WASHED

Sadly we’ve worn a little thin with having to post about artists that keep their names and images from being made available, so common is the arrival of new acts with virtually nothing known about them!  It’s like that annoying moment when a friend introduces you to someone new at a party without telling you their actual name.  Kind of leaves you a little disarmed.  The only redeeming positive here is in fact the music, which we have to say has charmed us so much we would quite happily invite them home and put out, names or no names.  What sluts we are!  Anyway, they arrived riding white disco horses, covered in glitter, proclaiming to have a bag that’s heaving with “cosmic party tunes”.  We know there is two of them.  We know they are from Paris.  We also know they’ve managed a rather clever remix or two for the likes of DaTA and Sebastien Tellier, so the inevitable blog attention has been on them in recent months. The pace is perhaps disco, with it’s thuds and claps, but there’s something of the cinematic nightlife about them.  It’s all city lights and spaced out synths, so this is a little darker and a little more dangerous breed of disco.  It’s a journey through Manhattan in a car at night and your staring out of the window.  It’s safe, it’s warm, it’s picturesque even, but it’s also thrilling, exciting and a touch overwhelming.  The below single was out on the Record Makers label at the start of November.  We will do our best to keep you posted regarding any future releases, and who knows, perhaps even a face and a name one day!!  (MB)

acid washed

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        ACID WASHED – GENERAL MOTORS, DETROIT, AMERICA ysi

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2 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 65”


  1. December 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Really like that Voltaire Twins track. Great find.


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