Thursday, April 17, 2014

Linda Guilala - xeristar EP (Elefant)

Linda Guilala's EP is fuzzy and spacey, in fact its pretty awesome too. "Chicas guapas" shimmers with a retro-synth backing overlaid by razor sharp and razor thin guitars. It all ends with a crescendo that sounds like the end of the space station or Godzilla's revenge. Yet despite that its also incredibly poppy but also very intense.

"Lo siento mucho" erupts with a wall of guitar noise before returning to the retro-future. "Verano" is a punk-pop masterpiece, frenetic and uplifting. A terrific racket too. Listen to "No me veis" and waves of pop noise feedback wash over you. It can only be wonderful.

"Haciendo dano" is driven by harsh guitars and urgent keyboards. Its brutal and beautiful at the same time. Finally "sabados de tormenta" is the perfect way to end the EP, with a punk-pop thrash! Truly amazing music you should check out... NOW!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - simple and sure

The new single ahead of POBPAH's (as i lazily will now call them for the rest of this review) third album due next month then. The new song "Simple and sure" can give us a hint as to the new album and that hint is that it will be light, poppy and joyous. The pop tones are perfect and uplifting. The chorus soaring and life affirming. So POBPAH's new album could be pretty special indeed. A noticeable lack of fuzz though but no lack of jingle jangle guitar and hand claps.

B-side (not that really exists anyone in the age of the digital single) "Impossible" is a bit more down beat and reflective but still full of glorious pop highlights.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

MV : "Tes histoires invisibles" by Watoo Watoo

Peerless pop joy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cashew Chemists (SEA Indie)

Singaporean pop group Cashew Chemists* play a pleasing melodic guitar pop. "Whats the matter" has some nice dinky guitar work and some classic song structure going on with solid pop melodies to the fore. "Winter sun" rocks it up a bit but still has plenty of pop fun.

* MP3 download available on linked page