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The Computers

Posted by Amy Park on December 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Computers new album - Love Triangles Hate Squares is out now.  Banquet Records are doing some pretty good deals with this album, signed copies of their LP are available through them.   Check out The Computers on Facebook, they are a mix of punk/soul and motown, a few of my favourite things. 


Friendly Fires - Pala

Posted by Amy Park on June 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (1)

Friendly Fires new album, Pala, released May 16th is a back to basics pop/dance album taking inspiration from 80's and 90's raves and early 90's boybands, especially New Kids on the Block and Backstreet boys.  The album has an instant summer vibe about it, making summer 2011 a Friendly Fires one.   I'll be listening to this one with a barbeque going and bottles of beer chilling while we all dance to 'Hawaiian Air'. 

This is Friendly Fires 2nd album and they have created a rocking 80's beach party come boyband vibe.  The name 'Pala' comes from a book called, Island, about a social experiment on an island called Pala, blending the best of western and eastern cultures to create a utopian existence which is fundamentaly flawed as we as human beings are fundamentaly flawed.

Songs well worth a listen are, Hawaiian Air, a super catchy feel good song about a plane journey from hell but on it's way to Hawaii.  You can smell the waves as this tune touches down and gets you up on your feet.

Listen to Pala, the slowest song on the album but if you listen carefully the drums are actually made using wind-up toys and cameras rolling on film. (I found this out by reading the interview with Friendly Fires in NME).

And lastly, have a listen to Chimes, it's a dancey tune about stumbling out of a club as it closes after a great night out.  I've been dancing to this album since I got it 2 weeks ago, even dancing in my car while driving - not as dangerous as you might think.  You will be dancing to this album all summer long.

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

Posted by Amy Park on August 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (0)

With melodic folky pop tunes and atmospheric grandiose strings, shimmering guitars and beautiful piano parts this is an album that is worth listening to again and again.  America seems to produce a plethora of indie/folk bands that manage to stay in the mainstream and are allowed to grow and mature.  Band of Horses are one of those bands.


The album begins with the uplifting Factory with its grandiose strings and follows with the pop hooks of Dilly, Compliments and the slightly rockier NW Apt.  The title song, Infinite Arms, contrasts as a gentle ballad along with the atmospheric Evening Kitchen. Themes of redemption and eternal youth run throughout various tracks and for a moment there is even a sound of the distinct Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) in the wistful vocals of Blue Beard and For Annabelle. 


Band of Horses have taken inspiration from various locations across America and is evident in the mature songwriting displayed.  A mix of genres are utilised throughout from the more obvious folk and country to pop rock.  However, despite the varied mix of genres the album is not dissimilar to the Thrills and other pop folk bands suc as their old labelmates, Fleet Foxes. They have been likened to the Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, My Morning Jacket and even the Beach Boys.  Band of Horses - Infinite Arms clearly takes inspiration from a variety of sources and as such lends itself nicely to a well rounded, beautifuly composed album.


Fav songs - Dilly, Compliments, On My Way Back Home and Infinite Arms

(check out their MySpace page for a listen - www.myspace.com/bandofhorses - follow the link in my links page)


Tracklist:

Factory

Compliments

Laredo

Blue Beard

On my way back home

Infinite Arms

Dilly

Evening Kitchen

Older

For Annabelle

NW. Apt.

Neighbor (American sp.)

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

Posted by Amy Park on July 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (2)

What a fantastic album! They have excelled themselves with an array of lyrically captivating punk rock songs.  With catchy beats and sing-a-long anthem like lyrics, American Slang is a rock album for the new decade.  It nods nicely to the rock and punk rock songs of the past 30 years with the influence of Bruce Springsteen shining through along with a helpful dose of The Clash and The Smiths and a smattering of R&B.  Wearing their influences on their sleeve they produce a much wider, dynamic, vehement and diverse collection of songs which allows for Brian Fallon's weary voice to really show what it can do.


The album begins with, Amercian Slang, released back in March, and so begins the storytelling lyrics, with tales of faded dreams and ephemeral youth that runs throughout. Stay Lucky follows and with the lyrics, "Like when you were young, and everybody used to call you lucky", it pretty much sums up a faded youth. Bring It On and The Diamond Church Street Choir follow then The Queen of Lower Chelsea.  Although the songs pay tribute to the streets of New York where The Gaslight Anthem now live you get the sense that you could be anywhere in those songs.  The catchy  Orphans and the punchy start to Boxer moves to the lamentable striking beats of Old Haunts where the story tells of "old haunts are all we've ever known" and suggests an almost mournful tribute to the past whilst asking or hoping for something new.  The Spirit of Jazz and We Did It When We Were Young end the album with the storytelling lyrics of  tales of those faded dreams and lost youth that the entire album evokes.  The iTunes album contains an extra song called, She Loves You.


It is a rock album almost purpose built for stadiums and is meant to be listened to the old fashioned way, while driving or on your own whilst playing air guitar and jumpling around.  Already named album of the month in Uncut and Rock Sound and it lives up to it's high status without a doubt.  Well worth a listen (and then 20 more).