Posts Tagged ‘Yeasayer

24
Aug
10

THE RECOMMENDER – BRAVESTATION

BRAVESTATION

There’s plenty of excellent alternative music burgeoning all over the world, but Canada continues to star, holding the heart of intelligent indie in its hands and Bravestation, a four-piece from Toronto, have stolen our attention for the immediate future.  They blend soaring, melodic indie pop into a warm, lush soundscape, with a broad, mature and consistently excellent collection of songs.  They released their debut EP back in 2009 and follow it up with a new batch of songs on their second EP, entitled 2010.  It shows us a band that are both industrious and ambitious, but comfortably reaching their own lofty aims.  There’s a broad myriad of sounds that are woven throughout each song, creating several intricate tracks in ways that show off a rare skill – of making expertise seem easy.  The song Clocks & Spears presents the type of soaring, tribal indie which has embedded inside it a sense of free-spirited bohemia; of the kind that Yeasayer have successfully produced in recent years.  It’s music that’s easily described as art, but it’s also utterly accessible and jammed with hooks and harmonies.  The tune, Their Calling, brings to mind the kind of layered, soaring choruses more familiar with The Killers or Editors, but without that misguided and rather desperate attempt to write a song whose main purpose is to sound good on the main stage at Glastonbury.  However, the strongest song on the new EP has to be White Wolves, which has some wonderful, raindropped guitaring, more familiar with the clever intricacy of Foals.  It’s a song with rumbling drums and echoing, layered voices, that peaks with a call and response between the backing and main vocals, which in turn creates a feel of two songs being played at once.  Like all the best bands, there’s no one outstanding star of the show on stage here, with each instrument propelling the song as much as any other.  A group that appears to be without weakness, creating EPs this consistently decent, makes our appetite for the debut LP akin to that of a desert orchid watching a rain cloud on the horizon.  You can download their latest EP in its entirety – for free – on their Bandcamp page here.  Um, that’s for FREE!  Like.  Now.  You still here!?   (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        BRAVESTATION – WHITE WOLVES

Hear them here:        BRAVESTATION – COLOUR US WITH YOUTH

Hear them here:        BRAVESTATION – THEIR CALLING

08
Apr
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 83 – CLASS ACTRESS

CLASS ACTRESS

As the ripples from March’s SXSW festival continue to throw bands to this side of the pond we carry on holding out our net in the hope of catching onto some exciting discoveries.  Swimming into view (OK that’s enough water-based analogies – Ed) are this fresh trio from Brooklyn.  2010 is looking like it already belongs to this corner of New York, seeing as it’s pretty much single-handedly set about shaping it.  Could that Borough’s buzz get any louder!?  This latest band consist of two producers, Scott Rosenthal and Mark Richardson, fiddling with their knobs behind the vocal seductress that is Elizabeth Harper.  It seems the current set up has very much evolved from the efforts of Elizabeth, who worked as a solo artist prior to this trinity.  She continues to be the main creative element, writing the music and enjoying the front of stage.  The slow-paced electro pop sound will remind you of the disco-ballgames that The Golden Filter punted around over the last couple of years and Goldfrapp before them.  Thumping beats, handclaps and a whirlwind of synths are penetrated by the lush vocals, but it never gets too ostentatious, preferring to gently massage your neo cortex, rather than force it like some kind of buzzing vibrator to the brain.  Their five track EP, Journal Of Ardency, was out in February on Terrible Records, (the label recently started up by Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear), and it contains the astonishing hit, Careful What You Say (listed below).  We also hand out the clunky, but still remarkable, Class Actress mashup that The Hood Internet created when they fused them with Dr Dre’s 1993 hit Nothin but a G Thang.  Mashups aren’t normally something we get into, but this made us smile broadly, so we wanted to share it.  Recently you may have seen Class Actress Stateside supporting the likes of Yeasayer, Little Boots and current Recommender favourites Phantogram.  We will try and get them to play the UK at some point this year, once they reach the front of the Recommender’s lengthy, Brooklyn-dominated queue.     (MB)

My Photos | photo by Bek Andersen | CLASS ACTRESS

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        CLASS ACTRESS – CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY

Hear them here:         DR DRE vs CLASS ACTRESS – NUTHIN’ BUT A JOURNAL THANG

07
Aug
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 3

Time for a venture into my mini-post once again…

I heard this tune today and I felt I just had to share. It’s nothing amazingly new or anything, just totally beautiful and thought-provoking. I post the clip from their performance on BBC2’s Jools Holland show.

The tune is called 2080 and it was released earlier this year by the excellent New York band YEASAYER and was pointed out to me a while ago by a good man, JASON SZPAK, so this ones for you Jason. Thanks.

Hope you enjoyed the moment…
Mike




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