Posts Tagged ‘Noah and the whale

04
Sep
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 50

Today we start with a quote about blogging from the vacuous, but undeniably huge Internet blog phenomenon that is Sarah Morrison – “Write till your lil heart bleeds. And keep writing…Be the best you you can be. People are drawn to honesty and authenticity”.

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YACHT

Some bands are so experimental that they evolve into a self-indulgent mess of sounds that lose any sense of shape. Others allow their experimenting to push boundaries and discover new teritories, providing the listener with something ultimately enjoyable and interesting, whilst maintaining a sense of melody and structure. Some of the modern masters of this are perhaps Beck, Bat For Lashes and LCD Soundsystem. The latter particularly have influence on Yacht. LCD’s DFA Records signed them up and we couldn’t imagine a better wing to be under than that of James Murphy. Jona Bechtolt’s melodic basslines, tidy beats and jumble sale of sounds waft over the mesmerising vocals of Claire L Evans, who sings in an enchanting echo and occasionally, and perhaps more bravely, simply talks at you. It’s music from another world, but this is one alien ship you would happily hop aboard. It’s never going to climb the charts or meet the mass public, but at it’s peak, on songs such as See A Penny Pick It Up and Psychic City (Voodoo City), you will find yourself hooked. Look out for their debut album, See Mystery Lights, released in August. We list below mp3s of one original track and in addition their fantastic, beat-heavy remix of a Noah And The Whale tune.  (MB)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       YACHT – PSYCHIC CITY (VOODOO CITY)
Hear them here:       NOAH AND THE WHALE – BLUE SKIES (YACHT REMIX)

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THE DRUMS

We seldom find a band whose box of sounds manage to escape any obvious influences, but with Florida’s The Drums we may have found that impossible to pin down group, but hell we like a challenge so here goes…Flirting with the 80s indie pop sound of Factory Records and Altered Images on tracks like I Felt Stupid, then wildly swinging to the Shangri–Las and The Righteous Brothers on the tune Down By The Water. Front man Jonathan Pierce, formally of Elkland, delivers a haunting reverb drip-fed vocal style that is both highly likeable and hip achingly cool. The backing has the soul and technique of Spector, but keeps a firm reign on all the pomp. The odds-on summer hit Lets Go Surfing is where things really take a sharp turn into something interesting. Sounding like Peter, Bjorn and John being covered by a fey and relaxed Jan and Dean, this doo-wop whistling classic will undoubtedly find itself replacing Young Folks as the default tune of choice this year. Debut EP, Summertime, is still available as a download from their Myspace, but you can expect the full LP in the next few weeks. (DV)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        THE DRUMS – LET’S GO SURFING

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MOTORAMA

It’s official. Ian Curtis didn’t actually die in 1980, he sneaked off to form a new band in Russia and this is the result! With all it’s Joy Division darkness and bleak, but thunderous drive, this four piece are giving us something our ears swivel for. Their post-punk, pounding basslines that take centre stage on every track are covered over by beautiful guitar melodies. The atmospheric vocals from Vladislav are poured over the top and although it’s the weakest part of their music, it gives it the cold steel stamp of a dark mood. Very dark. There’s something of The Sisters Of Mercy and The Cult‘s goth culture going on here, or perhaps even the more modern ‘pop noir’ music that Brighton’s very own Mirrors and The (even more recent) Lyrebirds provide so brilliantly in slightly different forms. Sadly for Motorama they fall a little short of these bands, seeming a little one-paced and often missing any killer hooks. However, we aren’t pretending we’re experts on goth music and there’s plenty available here to discuss and take note. As always, we would like to hear your thoughts in our comments section? It’s exciting to discover music from Russia too, as it’s not the first stop on our musical travels – perhaps it should be?    (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       MOTORAMA – BEAR

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02
Aug
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 33

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THE REMIXES – PART 5 – THE TWELVES

It’s been a little while since we did a ‘remix special’ here on The Recommender. Previous editions, including the likes of Soulwax, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and The Golden Filter, proved to be amongst some of the most popular posts we’ve ever had on this blog. This only goes to prove the popularity and power of a good remix.

These days, checking the Hype Machine backs this up, as it’s famous ‘Top 100’ blogged tracks usually has tons of them. It’s something that we think is a little over-cooked here on The Recommender, so we make sure we reserve our ‘remix posts’ for only the finest, most outstanding efforts. This is a category that THE TWELVES slot into very neatly.

A very busy duo from the Brazillian shores of Rio De Janeiro, they bring an excellent sunny side to everything they remix. Often adding more Pop to an already Popped tune, their blends are undoubtedly still for the club floor. They have a positive bassline to all their selections, whilst allowing the magic of the original track to still remain, (often keeping most of the vocals), whilst they stir in some Funked tweaks for good measure.

Selected highlights are attached below for you to judge for yourselves. They regularly tour the world’s club scenes so you will undoubtedly be able to catch them live soon. The question is, are they true pretenders to Soulwax and DiscoTech‘s mighty remix authority?

LA ROUXIN FOR THE KILL (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
NOAH AND THE WHALEBLUE SKIES (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
ASOBI SEKSUTHURSDAY (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
A-HATAKE ON ME (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
THE FLAMING LIPSTHE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
FLEET FOXESWHITE WINTER HYMNAL (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
THE VIRGINSRICH GIRLS (The Twelves Remix)      (ysi)
RADIOHEADTHERE THERE (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
ZEIGEISTHUMANITARIANISM (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
DATABASE vs FRENCH HORN REBELLIONBEACHES & FRIENDS (The Twelves Remix) (ysi)

Please take a second to leave a comment, either letting us know which track is your favourite, or if you know of any other decent Twelves remixes that we’ve perhaps missed, as this sort of information lets us know what people are enjoying currently. Thanks, as always…

16
Aug
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 7

Like a very, very sharp pointy thing, I’m angling my finger firmly towards a couple of upcoming musical gigs for your foot-stomping leisure. As usual, it’s just the info – you get the tickets, you get the cab and you most definitely get to enjoy them enormously. I thank you…

LADYHAWKE– This New Zealand songstress has been blogged about so much you would be forgiven for thinking she was born in a computer! Take it from me though, she is well worthy of a couple of your hard-earned guineas. I too, although somewhat late, will be blogging more about her in the upcoming RECOMMENDER 8 to add to the endless scribblings, so I’ll elaborate more then. If what you like are the sing-along, repetitive Ting Tings choruses, flirting outrageously with your Midnight Juggernauts casio thump, then this gig should definitely be one you should attend. Think upbeat, 80’s-heavy, power-pop, full of classy synth-tastic loveliness and you will no doubt enjoy tapping your feet to this with knowing approval.

ACT:                    LADYHAWKE
VENUE:                KOMEDIA
COST:                  £ 7.50
DATE:                  Tuesday 30th September 2008
WEBSITE:             www.myspace.com/ladyhawkerock

NOAH AND THE WHALE– Delightfully shiny and packed full of smiles and sunny summerness, this London 5-piece, ( – when also containing the well known Laura Marling on backing vocals!), wave anti-folk pop past you on a breeze of perfumed excellence. From their single, ‘5 years time’, gettting mucho airtime on all radio stations, to the remainder of what proves to be a brilliantly consistent album, this bunch will be an uplifting live set. Lots of brass, lots of strings and accoustic melodies. Think Arcade Fire minus the religious penetration, or perhaps Patrick Wolf minus the wacky outfits and your in the ball park. It’s such a summer thing will it feel the same in November when they hit the city of Brighton!? Only one way to tell…

ACT:                    NOAH AND THE WHALE
VENUE:                CONCORDE 2
COST:                  £ 8.50
DATE:                  Friday 7th November 2008
WEBSITE:             www.myspace.com/noahandthewhale

That should definitely give you a couple of outings post-summertime. Tickets are up now, so don’t hold back, because they’ll definitely go quickly!

I’m now leaving the house to go enjoy Loop Festival in town (circa GIG LIST 4), so hope to catch you there.

See back here for RECOMMENDER 8, which will be posted up very soon…
Mike




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