Experimental Music Love

January 28, 2010

A Prophet

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Seven months, and still no sign of the water horse

I’m only giving myself 25 minutes to write this. Mainly so I don’t go on and on and take useless digressions that uncover nothing but tedium and irrelevance. Like this one. Mock the Week’s on though in a bit and, even though it’s now five sevenths terrible now that Boyle’s left, I like to treat my brain to its own version of Angel Delight sometimes. Even though it’ll probably vomit. Here are my thoughts on something much better though. (more…)

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January 27, 2010

Esben and the Witch – Lucia at the Precipice

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Esben and the Witch – Lucia at the Precipice

Mixing Underworld exhilaration with the minimalist indie of The xx, all with lush Siouxie Sioux vocals, smothered in echo and effects, Esben and the Witch know how to create atmosphere.

You can nearly taste that moistened steam on your tongue as ‘Lucia and the Precipice’ bubbles up a potion of tension, lust and chills.

There’s a Gothic romance too – more Shelley or Stoker than Twilight – that gives maturity to this young Brighton lot, who, with warrant, should be heading to critical acclaim in a music press enraptured with anything a clever synth.

A song of edge to enthral, perfectly paced in devilish ambience.

8.6/10

Release Date: 8 Feb


January 23, 2010

White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

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White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

For a record so reliant on Jamie Levinson’s skilled, thoughtful drumming (and Matthew Clark too on occasion when one kit just isn’t enough), it’s odd to find this rhythm section somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to the production on White Rabbit’s second full-length effort. (more…)

January 22, 2010

Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood

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Marina and the DiamondsHollywood

If there’s one thing any mainstream pop blockbuster needs, it’s a chorus that sweeps away all thoughts of reality, inspiring only positivity, excitement and maybe a little bit of sweat.

It’s what seperated the likes of Florence and La Roux from Little Boots in 2009, and Marina and her Diamonds look set to take on the next leg of female fronted power pop reliant on that central hook, simple in structure but dynamic in its execution.

There’s a cynicism too shared with The Ting Tings’ Katie White (though without the silly indie girl annoyance) making verses crackle with a confidence of someone who wants this pop world for their own. One for the A-list.

8.3/10

Release Date: 1 Feb

fanshaw – Dark Eyes

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fanshaw – Dark Eyes

The awkwardly cased (curse you artist names that just don’t care about where to put those capitals!) fanshaw has some pedigree to live up to. Her Vancouver home has seen the rise of such rapturous Canadian pop as New Pornographers and revelatory prog as Black Mountain, and her own musical adventures have seen spend time as part of The Choir Practice – a ramshackle collective of uplifting spirits whose member list reads like a slightly less successful Broken Social Scene. (more…)

January 20, 2010

PBH Free Fringe Fundraiser – Bloomsbury Theatre, 19 Jan

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Peter Buckley Hill - A genuinely insane man

Something has gone wrong with this blog. All the font colours have gone wonkaloid. Was solid 000000 black not good enough for these words or something? Will only a pale, sickly grey that can’t really be seen against a white background do? Is this content too hot for the partially sighted?

The answer to all of these questions is of course an emphatic “no you dingle dongle!” Dingle dongle can only be said emphatically. Or with disdain.

I have been away for a while though (getting a job and moving to the other side of the country) but things are settled now, and I shall start tappity typing away again like the good old days. Oh, those days were so good. And old. All wrinkled and diabetic.

I’ll try keeping the black around too. It makes me happy.

My first proper entry follows. It is a review of some comedy I recently saw here in London town. It was good. Read on for why! (more…)

January 18, 2010

Top 10 Albums of 2009

I know I’m very late to the show with this one, but does it really matter? Well, it might do if you’re reading this. Most people aren’t though, so by the law of averages, you probably don’t care. About anything. It was probably the least exciting musical year in conscious memory for me. When Lady Ga Ga was our biggest star and Susan Boyle was our biggest selling album. If only they had done a duet, things may have been salvaged. Alas, we have to make do with this lot. Actually, these 10 are quite good. Enjoy. (more…)

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