Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Hunting for the misbegotten children of Stereo Total? Mikrofisch is your answer. They are bright, imaginative, intelligently naïve, frivolous, preposterous, outspoken, sceptical. They use keyboards, old drum boxes, melodica and theramin in order to construct an 80s retro super twee charming electro pop sound. They like to get ambiguous, make statements and get obsessed over shit bands. They are even so cool as to have both their albums for free downloading through their myspace ["Masters of the Universe" is the latest]. I consider myself a dedicated fan... even only cause they have a song titled “Let's Kiss and listen to Bis”. Pure genius.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Horses and shoes are two incompatible subjects, yet Drew Diver and Jacob Graham seem to have found their magic spot. The NY band ascribe their taste to the likes of Blueboy, Embassy and Legends and this makes it impossible not to long for their sound. Lyrically, they opt for childhood summers and heartbroken teenagers, hence complying with the inviolable rules of shimmering pop music. They got off the ground with single “I wish I meant more to you” [a pretty Field Mice cover, free MP3 from the excellent Holiday Records site] and now the main dish is served… first release “The Imperial School” EP is out from (my dearest) Shelflife Records September 22. Oh. They are also best mates with The Drums. which is pretty cool.
[no video for Horse Shoes!]
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Katsen have very recently come to the fore. They walk on the Brighton seafront and edge towards their own unique music settlement. I could name them the new modern version of Adult or a less obscure version of Add N To (X), but that would be misleading as Christopher and Donna supplement their sound with more Stereolab-esque melodies, 80s Fad Gadget lines and an attractive 8-bit game sound. Katsen are one of the best electro pop newcomers so watch out for them. Their debut album "It Hertz!" is released 28th September (by Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation). Kat Power!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
There is a hidden twisted language game going on in the indie pop world. Strangely enough, french is where most bands wind up. Portland-based brother/sister duo, Eux Autres, honour the land of croissant in the best possible way. They write songs about soccer, military history and pop culture whilst devouring records of Francoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc. After two albums, they have two singles out [“You’re Alight” and “Strangled Days”] as well as an appearance on a hm,well... Bruce Springsteen compilation titled “Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool”. Leaving Bruce aside, Heather and Nicholas are lovely. ils sont vraiment magnifique.