Posts Tagged ‘Two Door Cinema Club

31
Aug
10

THE RECOMMENDER – LOOSE TALK COSTS LIVES

LOOSE TALK COSTS LIVES

The chorus to the track Gold, states “we are gold, we’ll say nothing“, which is absolutely fine by us, as music blogs like ours will be happy to shout for you loud and clear if you keep producing music as startlingly great as this shimmering alt-indie.  If you enjoy the tidy guitars of Two Door Cinema Club, a kind which dance around like popcorn, or the afro-flavours of Tanlines, then you should become as enamoured as we have with this four-piece from Leeds.  Their music is as tight and crisp as anything we’ve heard in recent times, seemingly erratic, as the beats and riffs dart about like a hummingbird.  Even though at first glance they seem as hard to snare as grabbing bubbles, what you eventually find is that the music fills the space with warm melodies, particularly as they break for fantastic choruses.  These constructions are packed with oxygen, breathing so easily, particularly with the light guitaring that seems to be its brilliant signature move.  The beats also feature prominently – so talented is their drummer, Greg Round – with rapid knocks that are as sharp as a tailors suit, lead by the slapped snare that hits late in each beat.  It’s this feature that gives each song its busy feel, rapidly flicking around with about as much patience as a fly that’s landed on a line of cocaine.  They’re not scared of a winding build up and a joyful climax too, as they release the energy in each tune – as witnessed in the excellent track Wreck Ashore, that swirls up so much it actually comes to a complete stop for about five seconds, as if it’s breached the edges of the atmosphere and is hanging in an airless space, before bringing it back to a closing burst.  This pattern is repeated on the impressive tune, Her Heart Is Quite Useless, which seems like they’ve separated out all the notes, playing each one with independence, before closing with a satisfying whip to the mixture.  This style of pretty, alternative indie pop, has been on the rise in recent years, ever since the all-conquering Foals struck their first high-pitched notes, but Loose Talk Costs Lives take it to another level, seeming like the perfect fusion of every band that’s ever been under that same influence.   (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:         LOOSE TALK COSTS LIVES – WRECK ASHORE

Hear them here:         LOOSE TALK COSTS LIVES – GOLD

Hear them here:         LOOSE TALK COSTS LIVES – HER ART IS QUITE USELESS

28
Feb
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 25

Looking back over recent posts, we realised that we’ve been so stuck into our ‘How Good Is This‘ and ‘Gig List‘ sections, as well as that enjoyable Q&A with Marina & The Diamonds, that we haven’t managed a true Recommender post for some time. So it’s away with the distractions and back to the biggie now with three newbies that we’ve recently fallen in love with. In ten minutes time, once you’ve checked them for yourselves, you will too…

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TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

Never before has a record label signature been so inevitable as it does with this shockingly unsigned band. They are about as ‘on the ticket’ as a new Indie band could be right now, with their sound slotting comfortably neatly inbetween Vampire Weekend, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and Broken Social Scene. You will find this Northern Irish three-piece playing the quirky, high-noted guitar often found at a Foals show. It’s upbeat, delicate and irresistibly pretty Indie Pop. The one thing they are missing is a drummer, finding their beats through a machine, which gives them an electronic edge that ticks yet another contemporary quality. Expect a near future to include many festival outings and that afore mentioned signature.  Were they already signed, a performance at Austin’s SXSW Festival would have been a sure fire thing, but alas a UK tour through March will hopefully bring them satisfyingly in front of your attention. Take note.

Find them here:     Myspace

Hear them here:     TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUBSOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK (ysi)

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ELLIE GOULDING

It took an hour of our lives, but now we’ve finally given up. We’ve spent this entirely wasted time trying to think of any artist with a voice more fragile and tender than Ellie’s and it simply doesn’t exist. Not Dolores O’Riordan, circa Linger, not Sinead O’Connor, circa  Nothing Compares To You, not Regina Spektor circa, well, anything .Simultaneously cute and brittle, like a china doll, this Welsh-based solo artist has a wonderful, enchanting sound to her excellent vocals. It’s a taut, higher pitch, like a tiny pixie sitting on your shoulder singing into your ear. That isn’t to say that her songs are of that horrible, twee, frankly rather boring acoustic and self-indulgent Folk pulp. She’s out of that New York Anti-Folk mould. Almost more of a sweeping, pulsating Power-Folk! You will find electronic beats that build slowly, adding in the keys, the chopped up sampling of her voice and a likeable melody. It’s taking lessons from the Imogen Heap class, but without the annoying, commercial, Dawsons-Creek-love-scene-suitability. It is very early days, as she’s still in the production process, yet she’s already had the magic touch of a Frankmusik remix (listed below). Keep one eye out for the finished work, as both of your ears will certainly be clambering for it…

Find her here:       Myspace

Hear her here:      ELLIE GOULDINGWISH I STAYED (Frankmusik Remix)     (ysi)

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MILKE

Occasionally we find that sizeable talents, from differing areas of music, can come together in a beautiful collision. This 2-piece is one of those fantastic entanglements. Andrew ‘Friendly’ Kornweibel, recently known to us for his decent remix of ‘Oh! by the excellent We Have Band, has teamed up with singer/songwriter Ra and produced a selection of Electro Pop tunes that have enough instant appeal to make Radio One and enough cool-factor to be a  Hypemachine chart topper. Already having had their tunes remixed by the likes of Joe & Will Ask, as well as The Designer Drugs, this super-duo bring us their single, listed below, on March 6th. Perhaps this will be a case of a production pairing that’s more successful together than they ever acquired previously as indivduals. They’ve already created a sublime and bright collection of songs that clearly make this team greater than the sum of it’s parts.

Find them here:      Myspace

Hear them here:     MILKELOVE GET OUT OF MY WAY (ysi)

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The inevitable bottle neck of artists has gathered at our email’s door once again, so we’re now off to sift through the dirge some more. Return to us soon to check out what polished pleasers we are subsequently pointing in your direction in the next edition of The Recommender…
Mike




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