It’s always pleasing when a support band catches you unexpectedly. You presume the worse – that you’re gonna have to sit through half an hour of a young and hip ‘lo-fi alt-rock’ band – but instead something magical happens. You’re transfixed and you can’t even remember who you were there to see in the first place. Well, this is what happened to me this week with Moses Gold.
Hailing from Manchester, Moses Gold was formed by Phil Young after leaving his former band Christian AIDS to recover from a mental health breakdown. After nearly a year in hibernation, he returned as Moses Gold; a dark, brooding electronica project which sees Young lay his soul to bare. ‘Submissive’ was a song that instantly stood out during his set supporting Maria Minerva at the Green Door in Brighton on Tuesday. Lyrics such as “I’ve always been suspicious of people that cared about me…sometimes I think of disappearing” carry huge weight. Not only for their forlorn abandonment but also its hauntingly familiarity. Young’s voice can sound, at points, uncannily like Ian Curtis. This is only a good thing in my book.
Listen to ‘Submissive’ below:
May I precede my ‘Song of the Day’ with my ‘Bad Mark Everett Related Joke of the Day’? No? I will anyway!
“Did you hear that Mark Everett from EELS‘ was making his own home brew?
Mr E’s Beautiful Booze.”
Fortunately the new material needs no godawful puns to punctuate its release. Mark “E” Everett’s project released their tenth studio album, Wonderful, Glorious, from which this, the first single/”radio lead-off track” is lifted. As ever, Everett approaches the darker side of humanity with his trademark deadpan humour. Musically, ‘New Alphabet’ is a lo-fi number, which could easily have been lifted from Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions. ‘E’ may not thank that analogy, though the air of deserted lonelines sits well with his lyrical offerings. And indeed;
When I first tracked down The Frowning Clouds album Listen Closelier I assumed that I’d found an old 60′s garage band that the five Australian’s I was looking for had used as a name sake. From their Brian Jones haircuts to their Chelsea boots, the album artwork suggests that these guys take the retro realism very seriously, the more recent photograph (above) that they sent me for this article implies that they are not quite so elitist.
With three band members assigned to guitar; frontman Zak Olsen (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Nick Van Bakel (vocals, harmonica, guitar) and Daff Gravolin (lead guitar) it’s no wonder that in 2011′s single ‘All Night Long’ it’s hard to tell one jangling riff from another. The three weave in and out of each others’ playing before stepping back for Gravolin to deliver a Dave Davies-channeling solo. For all of the reverb and vintage amp-modelling on the guitars and vocals, it is Ben Maton (drums) and Jake Robertson (bass) that give the solid R&B swing.
Some artists are best described not by a literal detailing of what their music sounds like but the thoughts and feelings that it evokes. The semantic nature of tagging an artist to a genre often doesn’t do the music justice. Or at least it doesn’t do justice to how you feel about it. Grouper is certainly one of these artists.
Last week saw the release of The Man Who Died In His Boat, a collection of songs that were left off Grouper’s 2008 masterpiece Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill. Grouper, aka Liz Harris, is one of those distinct artists whom are totally inimitable in their style with a particular talent for coercing one to look inwards and ultimately leaving you feeling utterly alone. Cheery stuff this ain’t. So if crying by yourself at night is your vibe then I would totally recommend you listen to ‘Living Room’, which is the closing track of the album. It’s ambient, a bit sad, but very, very beautiful.
Seb Rochford (Polar Bear) brings the fantazzual jazzual vibes to todays SOTD. It’s the last chapter in a year-long anthology of amazing collaborations bewteen Seb and a mouth-watering roll call, released as a singles club each month.
This final offering features the leg-en-dary names Brian Eno (production) and Karl Hyde (guitar). For the full background on the project and previous singles, head here.
‘Dream Nails’ is a dubbed out, dreamlike excursion into electronic psychedelia; twangy oscillating synths, acoustic guitar, some crazy drum patterns rounded off with a humid, eastern vibe.
SOTD. Good vibes maaan.
An unreleased M.I.A song turned up online today entitled ‘Doobie’. The song has been leaked by the producer Danja as part of his ‘Throwback Thursday’ blog posts. The track is from the same session she did with him which resulted in the amazing ‘Bad Girls’ single from last year.
The main refrain “I spy with my little eye something that can get you high HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH” sticks to M.I.A’s winning formula of small sequences of catchy word play but the track itself is striped of a lot of the exotic sounds that normally adorn her work. Perhaps this is a little nod to what’s to come on her fourth album Matangi, which has been tentatively scheduled to be released in April. Either way ‘Doobie’ is a pretty good track and worthy of release.
The Cribs don’t really do hit singles – and if they did, it wouldn’t feel right.
That said, it hasn’t stopped the Jarman brothers from releasing their first singles collection, Payola, due February 25th, which includes this brand new track, due a fortnight ahead.
You can sense though that ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’, for all its rough diamond rawness, wants to be a pop song in the vain of ‘Hey Scenesters!’ or ‘Men’s Needs’. And by including it on a comparative retrospective (or whatever you call a collection of your first decade’s work), one would hope Wakefield’s finest have a few more rough diamonds stored up their sleeves. Perhaps even a few more albums worth…
So, fresh from their money-spinning revival tours, A-ha are back, and seem to have incorporated new-wave guitars into their…what? This is The Strokes new single?
OK…let’s start again.
So, freshly rising from the mediocrity that was 2011′s Angles, the generation-definining New Yorkers are back with this, available as a free download from their website. While tracks like ‘Under Cover of Darkness’ and ‘Machu Picu’ tried to incorporate a vaster sound, ‘One Way Trigger’ maintains such ambition, minus the air of complacency the previous album carried. Singer Julian Casablancas, who frankly sounded disinterested on Angles, displays the vocal range of a man whose found a new creative lease of life. The critical reaction thus far may have been fixed, but this is the shot in the arm The Strokes need to help make another era-defining record.
Festival stalwart, dynamic live band leader and the most mentally unstable of men’s organs, Crazy P has had a collection of his esteemed back-catalogue pored over by Leeds club legends and label, 20/20 vision and the result is a collection of remixes that will satisfy even the hardest to please.
Do you ever come across something so amazing that you really wanna kick yourself in the face for not knowing about it already? You probably saw the name somewhere (or they were the support act you missed!) but you decided to be a complete ignoramus and troll through facebook for another hour instead. Well this is exactly what has happened with today’s Song of the Day artist: Ssion.