Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review of 2014 : Top 5 Albums

Lets kick off the end of the year review thang, starting with the "Best 5 albums from 2014" (or late-ish 2013) as decided by us. Why we have chosen these albums and anything else in later best-ofs will remain an esoteric secret of course.

1) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - days of abandon
2) Mary Chapin Carpenter - songs from the movie
3) Postcode - zebratronic
4) Real Estate - atlas
5) Royal Blood

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mary Chapin Carpenter - songs from the movie

Only an artist like Mary Chapin Carpenter with such a rich and storied back catalogue could pull such a project, where some of her classic songs are orchestrally reimagined with heavy influence from film soundtracks, off with such aplomb. You can just only wonder what a film that actually had these as part as an original soundtrack would be like.

As well as musically rearranged the songs often had to be sung in a different way to suit the backing. Songs like "Come on come on" and "I am a town" are very different. Sometimes it doesn't quite work but overall the album is an exciting addition to the MCC catalogue. Atmospheric and complex, rich and deep.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Ice Choir - pure holiday

Ho ho ho, a holiday season single from The Ice Choir - best band in the world (FACT!) "Its different now" starts off very low-key but has some tasteful Christmassy sounds and lyrical references wrapped up in the usual Ice Choir retro-futurist melodic beauty. Then towards the end of the track it explodes with an 80s-ish pop flourish. "Cut down the tree" is even more Christmassy, its almost as if Santa has started a synth pop band.