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10
Apr
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 84 – BUTTERFLY BONES

BUTTERFLY BONES

This is an act we found whilst doing our usual rounds of the ever-reliable blogs Big Stereo, Discodust and Gotta Dance Dirty.  Hailing from California, Butterfly Bones make suitably sunshine-infused, synth led pop music.  They’ve already been tagged as chill wave, but they come with the implied warmth of a dwindling bonfire’s embers on the beach one August morning.  It’s the kind of feel good soundtrack that Cut Copy made us fall in love with when they were focusing on their laid-back, drawn-out grooves.  Alongside the synthetic, fuzzy-round-the-edges bass and dreamy, sliding melodies, there’s also the requisite light guitar play to tickle the ear and remind the listener that there are indeed human hands behind this project.  Drizzled on top of the already delicious, but rapidly melting ice cream sundae of synths and guitars, are Reese Donohue’s vocals.  They lazily cascade down over ripples of funk and some smooth, icy, glissandos, scooping this sticky treat into your ears, whilst a sprinkling of chocolate chip handclaps dance over the top.  Butterfly Bones make songs to sweat to, although this is not music that you throw yourself around to, it’s what you put on when you’re already sweating.  Consider it for those moments when you’re sunning yourself by the pool, glistening healthily, and checking out that bikini clad girl, as she conspicuously checks herself out in your mirrored sunglasses.  We attach below one of our favourite tracks from the Pretty Feelings EP, Ur Hott, released last October, as well as a more recent example of their work, <3, released as a recent single.  If we don’t get these guys to come and play at one of our Recommender parties this year then the sun may as well not come out at all.    (MA)

My Photos | Photo by Andy Desantis | BUTTERFLY BONES

Find them here:          Myspace

Hear them here:         BUTTERFLY BONES – UR HOTT

Hear them here:         BUTTERFLY BONES – < 3

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16
Nov
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 16

With some of the world’s best profile photographers now on board, magazines lining up to interview The Recommender, and visitors arriving in their thousands every day now, you are now part of a blog that’s growing and developing in front of your very eyes. Just another handful of reasons for you lovely people to keep on coming back. Now, back to the real reason for it’s existence  – totally awesome tuneage…

ENFANT TERRIBLE
Landed on my feet here with this super-hot new, unsigned, French band. They approached me via Myspace and kindly dropped me their mp3’s. They are totally superb. I love it when fresh meat discoveries like this pop up and give you goosebumps all over. Their dance-pop-electro-madness sound is somewhere between CSS and Crystal Castles. Remember when you first heard the cute, badly-pronounced lyrics of Lovefoxxx from CSS, mixed over a melody-mad chorus, tinged with the echo of Alice Glass’ vocals and Ethan Kath’s stripped down basics and you’re right on the button. The upbeat backdrops with sharp guitars and an 8-bit, ZX Spectrum keyboard accompaniment, makes you smile broadly. Totally irresistible.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:  ENFANT TERRIBLE – I CAN’T HELP MYSELF

THE BIG PINK
This two-piece from London came wafting by my ears when I located them on the fantastic website, Styleslut. Milo and Robbie also seem to pair up on occasion with a third member who plays the drums for them; the crazy but gorgeous Akiko Matsuura, from the bands Pre and Comanechi. The Big Pink seem to hark back to a day when Manchester sold us every album going. There’s definitely a Primal Scream flavour to them, which is a fantastic thing, but it drops the guitaring for a psychedelic bass rumble. It’s not too retro as they are definitely pushing that sound in a brilliant, modern direction. It’s almost more Chemical Brothers, were they to mash up ‘One Too Many Mornings’ with ‘Life is Sweet’. It’s totally enchanting and will have you hooked.

 

Find them here:     Myspace

Hear them here:    THE BIG PINK – TOO YOUNG TO LOVE

THE GOLDEN FILTER
About time I did a post on this, following their Gig List posting. They describe themselves as secretive and so we don’t know what they look like or any specific info on them as people, apart from that they hail from New York, which leaves us the bare bones to pick over – the music. Thank fuck it’s this good then. An electric-pop sound, sometimes very danceable indeed, sometimes of a slower pace, flows behind the sexy, irresistible vocals. Singing this pure and lovely simply must be from a woman that I imagine to be stunningly beautiful! It’s like Division Kent or St.Etienne having the French DJ Danger jamming behind them. Light and gorgeous. Instantly loveable. The blogs – Big Stereo and Discodust – grabbed them first back in the summer, but as The Golden Filter turn up to play in my town of Brighton in the coming weeks it was time to turn my attention to them. I’m glad I did as it’s solid gold stuff.

Find them here:     Myspace    Last.fm

Hear them here:     THE GOLDEN FILTER – SOLID GOLD

Hope this helped shove a couple more fresh bands down your musical gullets. Return here for more lovingly plucked highlights from the world’s music real soon. Got the ‘Best Of 2008’  list being drafted as we speak, so that’s going to be ram-jammed full of lovelies.

Mike

29
Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 14

Hello once again Recommender-lings. I have three tidy little beauties listed for you today, two of which have more of an 80’s keyboard-slant than is probably healthy, but we persevere. You really never realised just how much impact Duran Duran would have back then did you eh!? Is it a good thing though? Only one way to find out – read on…

HEY CHAMP
This Chicago 3-piece are all echoing-guitar, drifting keyboards and upbeat 80’s-influenced pop. Just resting the correct side of European pop music, with chromed-out lyrics and a nice pounding pace, they’ve churned out a handful of interesting tunes. Thanks for the heads up on these guys goes to the blog’s Discodust and Chicago’s own Hot Biscuits. Hey Champ have just announced signing for Lupe Fiasco’s label, FNF UP, so things are now taking shape for them. It may be a while before the UK gets to see a tour, but in the mean time check out this tune and bliss yourself out…

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   HEY CHAMPCOLD DUST GIRL

EUGENE MACHINE
This is a fantastic group from London making glitterball-electro-pop. It’s full of catchy keyboards, danceable build ups and breaks to be savoured. We catch them here at the very early stages of their evolution, so the attached mp3 will sound lacking in production, but the promise is there. You will also enjoy the sexy singer and keyboardist, Emma, leading from the front. She’s joined by the equally classy guitarist Robin with his rhythmic sweeps. It’s all plucked straight out of the 80’s, but has enough melodic power and squelchy bleeps and tweaked brass to be as up to date as anybody. I await there arrival of their live set coming soon to Brighton, so I’m off now to prepare my big hair and glittery jump suit…

Find them here:    Myspace

Hear them here:    EUGENE MACHINESCENT OF MONEY

CLINKER
This London 3-piece are all about slowed down, smoking-grooves. They play out like a dreamscape and sit very neatly in your ears. Lots of fuzz and echo is tucked in there and they could tone it down a touch, but it never gets too annoying and the songs remain full of enough melodies. They are in desperate need of some high-end production, but that’s fair enough considering they aren’t even signed yet. They come across like the floppy side to any Beck chorus, with humour in the vocals, yet with enough melody to remain a serious promise. Loosen up and check them out.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   CLINKERLETS GO OUT AND GET FUCKED

I’ve already written up the next Recommender and it’s a corker, so head back here real soon for another spread of the love…

Mike




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