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April 26, 2009

Pink Mountaintops – Outside Love

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pinkmountaintopsPink Mountaintops – Outside Love

Stephen McBean takes yet another break from the brilliantly dirty Black Mountain to give us this third effort from Pink Mountaintops, who wipe the diesel off the blues of his regular band, and kiss it better. Well, slightly. These are still the words of damaged goods, twisting hate and lust, with epic, skyscraping accompaniment. Pink Mountaintops really is the perfect name for this band.

It really is all quite outstanding though. Axis: Thrones of Love lures you in, floating in a head of confused romance, with McBean’s own coarse tones against the feminine softness of Amber Webber, a voice kept sublime through the record. (more…)

Zoey Van Goey – The Cage Was Unlocked All Along

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zoeyZoey Van Goey – The Cage Was Unlocked All Along

Comprising of an Irishman, an English woman and a Canadian, this Glasgow based band may sound like the start of a questionably tasteful joke. Lacking the offence though, Zoey Van Goey still raise the smiles, like some mutation of The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian and a Care Bear. (more…)

April 24, 2009

The Big D

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Apologies for lack of recent updates.  Blame this. It’s still not finished.

April 14, 2009

Polly Scattergood – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh 13/04/09

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pollyPolly Scattergood – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh 13/04/09

The wispy, diminutive Brit School graduate may not have seemed to suit the sweaty, underground musk of Sneaky Pete’s, what with her sparkling blue dress, poofed out at the bottom., and her ever so sweet, so timid greetings. But behind the microphone, Polly Scattergood turns into a wailing fairytale child – confident yet dreamy, passioned yet pure. Every inch the Alice in indieland. (more…)

April 13, 2009

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices

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We Were Promised Jetpacks Quiet Little Voices

Bloody entertaining, that’s what this is. No nonsense sweeping rock with an indie punch to live up to the latest brilliant line of Scottish bands that include Glasvegas, Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit.

All still painfully young, WWPJ are a band of exuberance and astonishment, delivering a raw perfomance of genuine emotion in a song that reminds of Biffy Clyro’s early, superior years. The hype seems to be going nationwide now, with the likes of Zane Lowe and NME rightfully touting the band as ones to watch.

Quiet Little Voices fulfills an early promise and whets the appetite for their first full-length. These boys won’t be quiet for long.

8.7/10

Release Date: 04 May

Burn the Negative – In the Atmosphere

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Burn the Negative – In the Atmosphere

The latest new wave electro pop whatever sorts turn out to be just as dull and tedious as 90% of their peers. Lacking the ethereal sparkle of Empire of the Sun or the distinct, sweet vocals of La Roux, Burn the Negative plod along with wispy lyrics of Camden and whatever else is cool among young people these days – hopscotch and Frisbee probably.  It’s very hard for anything said to sink in though, and you’re far more likely to remember your experiences in the womb than anything on offer here. (more…)

Esser – Headlock

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He’s young, he’s smart, he’s hard-working and he’s talented. Perfect. Esser delivers an interesting blend of creative beats and electronic sounds on this latest effort.

And those beats are what set this out from any rivals to his crown of coolest geek around. They hammer home a rhythm reveling in industriousness and a defiance of expectations. Nothing stays the same for long, and this song twist and turns as much as the emotional meandering of its lyrics of longing for the wrong person.

The remixes too breathe alternative life into a song so obviously brilliant when stripped to its bare essentials. Indie-discos ahoy!

8.2/10

Release Date: 27 Apr

April 10, 2009

In the Loop – The Malcolm Tucker interview

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Malcolm. Lovely.

I am very nearly needing emergency packs of underwear to contain my excitement for Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop, a film which brings together everything I have ever loved in life (comedy, Iannucci, America and Vada from My Girl).  Luckily, I seem to have been the only journalist who’s been able to track down its star, Malcolm Tucker, to get his views on the film.  And boy did he have a lot to share.  So, in an exclusive for EML, here are Malcolm Tucker’s thoughts on his latest film release, In the Loop. (more…)

April 2, 2009

Brief News Update 02/04/09

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Obama’s in the UK, there’s (un)civil disobedience on the streets of London, the world’s leaders are discussing how best to remove the shit from the fan and Matthew Horne is dying as we speak. But do I care? Well, yes. A lot. This is the future of our world. But this is a music blog, so I’m only going to talk about music things. And as such, here are words along those lines. (more…)

April 1, 2009

The Maybes?

Filed under: Features,Interviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 11:45 pm

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The Maybes? are having soup, Louise Against the Elements are soundchecking on stage, and I’m fiddling with a notebook and pen, knowing my cheap dictaphone couldn’t pick up anything against the carefree racket in the background of King Tut’s tiny set-up . This is how the live music scene should be – communal, chaotic and with more energy and positivity than in an entire series of Lazytown. This seems to be the exception though in a polished, professional world dominated by profits, sales and image. And it’s something The Maybes have a lot to say about.

“We actually had to pay to get up here,” says Timo, lead guitarist with the band. “It cost us our own money.”

“We’re not like fucking White Lies,” adds vocalist Nick. “I’m sure they’re really good, and they’re nice guys. But nobody pays for us. We’re here because we believe what we’re doing is right.” (more…)

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