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22
Jun
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 100 – FELIX AND VOLCANO!

FELIX AND VOLCANO!

We think we can confidently state that most of the emails music bloggers receive are utter rubbish.  We’ve often considered the easy way out – to cull them all in big batches.  On many occasions our fingers have hovered over the delete button, but what stops us is that one faith-restoring email out of a hundred, with a bounty contained within it, that reminds you precisely why you got into blogging in the first place.  In truth, emails aren’t actually a music bloggers best source for discovering music, it’s actually by busily interacting online, or by reading other blogs/sites, and obviously by being active in the real world.  Like any other business, referrals are much more successful.  However, there we were, panning for email gold, and up came Felix And Volcano.  To our pleasure they didn’t roll into the usual PR fluff about how amazing they are – they did what we always prefer bands to do – namely to just give us one line and a link to listen to an mp3.  Upon clicking through to their Bandcamp and listening to their track, Shaadows, our faith in the process was immediately reinforced.  This track’s rather simplified breakbeat start is swiftly overlaid with a keyboard refrain not out of place in an ice hockey match, but the playfulness is quickly matured, as Sam Ueda’s vocals begin.  His spoken words, reminiscent of James Murphy or Lou Reed, engage you before they raise the pitch to a sublime treble.  The song then wanders down a path previously trodden by the likes of TV On The Radio, or Beck at his most sexually experimental.  It’s a minimalist piece of tidy electronic pop, before it bravely shifts gear and climaxes at an entirely different pace.  Sam from the band informed us that Aian Constantineau, who plays the keys and beats, used vintage equipment for this recording, choosing the Casio DG-20 Digital Guitar.  He also pointed out that this is a tool of choice for the Flight Of The Conchords team, with whom they share a sense of youthful abandonment.  That’s no surprise, considering this two piece met at the University Of New Hampshire and are still only 19 years old.  Having started in 2008 and previously released only a first draft EP, they’ve now put out a more polished EP, Grow Rich, this May.  Fans of Naive New Beaters, Yes Giantess, or My Awesome Mixtape will smile along to this.  Emails aside, perhaps you too will find them just as re-assuring as we did.     (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        FELIX AND VOLCANO! – SHAADOWS

Hear them here:        FELIX AND VOLCANO! – FRDM

16
Jul
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 41

You find us here once again briskly walking through the land of new music with a handful of seeds, so read on through, kick back and enjoy these newly discovered green shoots…

CASHIER No. 9

It’s far too rare that we include a post about new music hailing from Northern Ireland, yet just a matter of weeks after we posted about the Panama Kings, the wonderful Cashier No 9 drift past our ears! We are also happy to admit that this latest band are the preferred option out of the two. New single, ‘When Jackie Shone’, was released back in April on the Only Gone Records label and the flutter of excitement that it caused was enough to allow further inspection. It’s an inspection that goes well rewarded with a selection of other gorgeous tracks that skip along confidently. The Belfast 4-piece bring us contemporary, tune-packed guitar music, but it arrives with plenty of roots in Rolling Stones-styled Country Blues riffs and sensibilities, in much the same manor as Gomez or Primal Scream did years ago, or Kasabian do now at their most ceremonious. Equally happy plugging into an electric Rhythm and Blues clap-along, as they are playing a pounding acoustic set. It all earned them a slot high up the bill on the Radio One ‘Introducing Stage’ at this years Glastonbury Festival, so if you were on campus for the weekend we hoped you got involved with what was a fantastic, thigh-slapping Rock-out.

Find them here:           Myspace

Hear them here:          CAHIER No. 9 – 42 WEST AVENUE (ysi)

NAIVE NEW BEATERS

Want see the band with the worst taste in jumpers since that terrifying Christmas present you got from your gran back in 1984? Look no further than this Parisian trio. Singing in English, but with a fantastic French accent, they play magical, well crafted Pop tunes that pack in the basslines and simple hooks. They remind me of Metronomy, in that they seem to flourish in their humour, truly enjoying themselves and not taking things at all seriously, including those anti-fashion jumpers and comedy moustaches. It bleeds through their tracks and particularly their excellent videos. We attach the film they had directed by Megaforce for their tune ‘Live Good‘ below, but you should also try and hunt out the single ‘Bang Bang’, where lead singer, David Boring, spends the entire time getting things thrown at him as he sings – totally brilliant! They’ve received remixes from the likes of Yuksek, The Bloody Beetroots and Ajax to date. They also released their debut album, Wallace, in May this year on the Cinq7 label.

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:         NAIVE NEW BEATERS – GET LOVE (ysi)

NEW ISLANDS

These guys are particularly new, so little is known, but in our usual nosey-digging-around nature we can bring you the following info. They are a team of two from the Midlands area and they play powerful, dramatic Indie-Pop music. Their taste’s have more than a hat tipped towards the excellence of New Order, Depeche Mode and their scale reminds me of the brand new White Belt Yellow Tag. Some tracks are almost a little Prog, with the epic, atmospheric scales usually found in that genre. Echoing, layered lyrics by David Jones drift over Luke Shoesmith’s production. It may be a little self-indulgent, but there’s always room for such things and it will be interesting to see how they bring it to us in their live sets. They’ve been bringing us their show around the UK through June and July, so perhaps you will get a chance to judge it yourselves. Currently unsigned, they are sure to be snapped up soon. We would be interested to hear your thoughts on them as always, as their sound takes a few listens to fall for, but once hooked you’ll be all over it.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        NEW ISLANDS – DON’T STOP DREAMING (ysi)

So there we go, once again farming new music like some kind of giant guitar-shaped combine harvester. We are always happy to share our organic produce with you wonderful Recommender fans.




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