Experimental Music Love

July 15, 2009

The xx – Basic Space

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 9:11 pm

The xx – Basic Space



There’s just something about The xx that just can’t help but surely cause many to think ‘why bother with these pretentious morons’. From the unnecessary lower case letters in the name (one more and you’d have a Vin Diesel movie), to the insistence that, although they went to the same school as Burial and Hot Chip, they stand alone in their ‘universal resonance’ there’s just something instantly dislikable about the whole package.

As with The Horrors though, judging the aesthetic shouldn’t matter when the substance is actually quite good. And it really is on this, their second single. It’s sparse, pleasant, calming pop, with the combination of male and female vocals effective in adding to a sensuality offered by delicate percussion and tingly guitar. A pleasant surprise.

7.3/10

Release Date: 03 Aug

Twilight Sad – I Became A Prostitute

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 9:05 pm

Twilight Sad – I Became A Prostitute



It’s been far too long since their debut record, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, blew away all competition to be the greatest, most industrious, fearsome and beautiful record of 2007, and, naturally, expectations are high for album number two.

This first glimpse of what we can expect ensures that not much has changed. And that not much was even ever worth changing. It’s the similar quiet/loud post-rock influence, with James Graham’s Scots dialect as pronounced and emphatic as ever, with his mad, shouting Highland poet approach still the ultimate appeal of this glorious band.

Bold, big, loud, brilliant and a very happy return for the Twilight Sad.

9.0/10

Release Date: 03 Aug

July 14, 2009

Darker My Love – 2

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 7:40 pm

darker my loveDarker My Love – 2

Too often overlooked, a killer rhythm section can be the force that turns a band of casual melodies and basic words into an addictive essential. And the pistons keeping this machine running on the LA drone rockers second album are as mechanical as they are tormenting, keeping each beat tight with an underlying aggression.

So the essential bread in this shoegaze sandwich is a quality make, all healthy in its wholemeal goodness. The filling though seems to be nothing more than own-brand cottage cheese, and without any of that delicious pineapple that you sometimes get – it’s good isn’t it? (more…)

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