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13
Jul
10

THE RECOMMENDER – THINK ABOUT LIFE

THINK ABOUT LIFE

To be honest, we aren’t exactly shy of contrasts and comparisons on this blog.  Upon hearing a tune for the first time it’s in our nature to immediately liken it’s components to that of other music we’ve previously heard.  We all do it, don’t we?  Well, how would you like to hear our strangest musical allegory to date?  We think we just heard Win Butler, of Arcade Fire fame, fronting The Go Team!  That’s what smacked our imagination full in the face upon pressing play on the brilliant tune, Havin’ My Baby, by the excellent Think About Life!  Don’t worry though, for the comparison didn’t last long, as the frontman, Martin Cesar, goes on to sound just as much like Tunde Adebimpe, on Johanna, or even Kele Okereke, on the track Sweet Sixteen.  He’s backed up by the extaordinary music, which is straight out of The School Of Awesomeness, where these prefects are clearly shaping up to obtain top qualifications.  It’s the tinkering bounce in the beat and the tricks up their sleeves, that reveal themselves rewardingly as each tune unfolds, that convinced us to enter them onto The Recommender today.  Just like TV On The Radio – with whom they seem to share playful ideals – they seem more than happy to experiment without losing the tune, or indeed the listener.  There’s plenty of funk, genial samples and handclaps throughout, planting smiles across the room as they serve up their satisfying soul food.  They played Europe’s leading festival of new music, The Great Escape, in our home city of Brighton back in May, which suggested that the UK hasn’t quite caught onto them, following their 2006 self-titled debut release.  The Canadian four piece’s lineup has slightly changed prior to their second album, Family, bringing in Caila Thompson-Hannant on bass and vocals, which perhaps explains why it’s taken the sophomore LP three more years to get here.  In truth, their label, Alienate Recordings, stuttered for a UK release, arriving on the record store’s shelves of America and Japan before here.  We suggest that you now have a flick through the below tunes and consider leaving a comment with your own collection of comparisons.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        THINK ABOUT LIFE – HAVIN’ MY BABY

Hear them here:        THINK ABOUT LIFE – SWEET SIXTEEN

Hear them here:         THINK ABOUT LIFE – JOHANNA

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