Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MV : "Goodbye Minehead" by Postcode

Some of the best noise at the moment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The essential Mary Chapin Carpenter

Of course its essential to us as Mary Chapin Carpenter has our favourite voice in the whole world. Yeah we've been fans of her since we were 18, and thats a long time ago. The Berlin Wall was still up (just) for a start. So this is a compilation of the Columbia years, her older material up until the mid-90s and there are some seriously good songs on here.

The wonderful country-rock of "Quittin' time" for example, a song thats never grown old to these ears despite being listened to like millions of times. The beautiful "Long way home" with its simple yet effective message. "Halley comes to Jackson" is also a terrific song, and its a song about Halley's Comet no less!

There are a couple of songs that are probably missing but thats the same with any compilation covering a long career and a hatful of albums. But its a great album and is indeed essential. But we could have told you that for decades.

Monday, April 21, 2014

MV : "Verano" by Linda Guilala

This is a great song.

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.