Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Clientele - Strange Geometry

Strange Geometry The Clientele

A new Clientele cd is always to be looked forward to and this one is no exception. Pitchfork described 'Since K Left Me' the first single off the new album 'Strange Geometry' as " 60s sunshine pop." Its the first track and a great way to start an album complete with its Beach Boy musical quotes. The Clientele trademarks of glistening guitars and hazy vocals are featured throughout, but also complemented on some tracks this time round by string quartet arrangements by Louis Philippe.

Tracks from the album and other rarities can be found at the bands Myspace site.
You can buy the album from Pointy and Merge or from the wonderful Norman Records.

Alasdair the Clienteles guitarist/vocalist recently appeared on BBC 6Music. You can stream the programe from here (this link will expire shortly) he is on about 1.42 minutes in. Or you can download the programme segment below.

The Clientele live on Gideon Coe (mp3)

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Stars:Set Yourself On Fire


Stars new album has been out in Canada since last autumn, but is only released in the UK/USA this month. The uk sleeve has been changed from the great original, to this horrible conception. So buy an original Canadian copy here!
The music is a great mix of guitar and synth pop and sounds like a amalgam of Slowdive (particularly on the 'Ageless Beauty" single), Prefab Sprout, (look no further than The Big Fight) St Etienne and surprisingly (and sadly now no more) The Delgados.

Ageless Beauty (mp3)
The Big Fight (mp3)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Happy days are here again...WooHoo!

Broken Family Band

The Broken Family Band - Welcome Home Loser (Track & Field HEAT 32)

The Broken Family Band inhabit a dark and scary space between alt-country and indie and on this their latest release completely fulfill the potential shown on earlier eps and albums.
A black humour pervades these songs of failed and failing relationships, "we can fuck each other over just for fun," indeed!
The lyrics are wrapped up in gorgeous tunes and instrumentation, with guitars , guitars, guitars (and sometimes a banjo). They should be huge, they shouldn't have to work 9-5!
Go buy a copy immediately!

Honest Mans Blues (mp3) from 'Welcome Home, Loser.'

The Perfect Gentleman (mp3) from 'The King Will Build A Disco' mini-album