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February 20, 2010

Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time

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Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time


It’s no surprise to learn that Fanfarlo are currently touring with mandolin led acoustic powerhouses, Mumford and Sons.

For like their partners in tweed, this Swedish folk fivesome deliver a fine pop drama complete with bleeding heart vocals and a whole delirious mess of unplugged strings and rampant percussion.

The band’s Scandinavian roots come through in keeping an order though, bringing some a coy sweetness to the affair that would never pass through the natural cynicism of a wholly British band.

Female backing tones on the lead male vocals too make sure things never take full control of the melody, keeping this ecstasy contained, but just as effective.

8.3/10

Release Date: 8 March

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First Aid Kit – I Met Up With The King

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First Aid Kit – I Met Up With The King

Swedish teenage sisters. Three words that must have brought so much happiness to so many men since the invention of the internet.

There’s a purer talent on display here though, with Klara and Johanna Söderberg both so young, yet so adept in creating soulful, beautiful, simple music that soothes like a fireplace after a walk in the snow.

A particular subtle highlight of their début record, ‘I Met Up With The King’ aches with sibling harmonies, assured strumming and soft accompaniment, each purposely old-fashioned in its way.

Two teenagers picking past elegance over modern bombast, and singing like it’s the most natural thing in the world.

8.1/10

Release Date: 8 March

February 15, 2010

Local Natives – Airplanes

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Local NativesAirplanes


Drawing obvious comparisons to the latest batch of American folk revivalists, with Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Band of Horses the more obvious boxes to tick, Local Natives have a hard job sticking out from a critically adored crowd.

But though have no animals in their name, these Californians are just as adept in the Neil Young obsessed, plaid-shirted balladeer stakes.

Like a lumberjack choir (though without the cross-dressing), ‘Airplanes’ give the band a chance to roll through grand US landscapes, all Redwoods and woodchucks, keeping things harmonious and glorious.

Throw a furred creature in their moniker, and they’d be every indie kids new favourite band.

8.3/10

Release Date: 1 Mar

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Get Better

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Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius PipGet Better

And once again Scroobius Pip emerges as the voice of moral reasoning on that part of the UK’s youth who don’t mind a bit of thoughtful polemic with their percussive loops and simple, melodic synth dance.

For when Dappy from N-Dubz shines in stupidity with mixed messages of abusive texts and anti-bullying campaigns, this duo become beacons of intelligent analysis in modern UK rap.

Aware of the bleakness of “small-town syndrome” and a lack of understanding in sex and alcohol, ‘Get Better’ encourages a genuine positivity in educating their audience, emphasising choice and self-motivation.

An over-simplififed outlook maybe, and not quite as anthemic as ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ but few catchy four-minute pop songs will offer more this year.

7.7/10

Release Date: 1 March

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 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

November 5, 2009

Broken Records – Out On The Water EP

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Broken Records
Out On The Water EP


As ‘Out On The Water’ just flows past unassumingly, you might begin to wonder what happened to that wonderful melodrama and penchant for orchestral triumph that made Broken Records one of the most exciting bands in the country?

For these five tracks of demos and rarities it just seems to have been traded in for a softer touch, more traditional and relaxed, but still just as romantic and wonderful as anything on the brilliant Until The Earth Begins To Part.

With the electric guitars locked up, it‘s nice to hear the cello and violin so intimately, blending with Jamie Sutherland‘s vocals as though it was always meant to be. Perhaps not quite so exciting a prospect for a live show, but something to savour on record.

7.4/10

We Were Promised Jetpacks – It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning/Ships With Holes Will Sink

We Were Promised Jetpacks
It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning
/Ships With Holes Will Sink

Seen somewhat as successors to the Biffy crown of Scottish champions of loud, passionate, indie post-rock, We Were Promised Jetpacks are only getting bigger every day.

Fortunately for us, WWPJ are sticking firmly to old-school Biffy as an influence, rather than the dreadful neo-prog pretension they are now, keeping with the always fulfilling clean intricacy to awesome distortion approach, and letting forceful vocals that marry rage and wonder evoke a vital passion.

As pleasing as it all is though, it’s a work lacking in ingenuity somewhat, with both sides in this AA side difficult to distinguish, and some new ideas must be forthcoming for their rise to continue.

For now though, the boredom is a long way off, and it’s still fun to get a little prima, even if it‘s hard to tell exactly what song‘s making you do so.

7.5/10

October 25, 2009

Top 150 Songs of the Decade: 10 – 1

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And so we conclude. With ten songs in impeccable brilliance. No, really. This was worth it, wasn’t it? Yes? Good. Albums next.

HEAR THEM ALL ON SPOTIFY!!!

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October 24, 2009

Top 150 Songs of the Decade: 25 – 11

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The tease before the top ten. These are all pretty ace though. And sadly keep N-Dubz and Chipmunk from the top 150. Tears.

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