Singles of the Week
Without further ado it is time for The Singles Of The Week....
Portlanders Blitzen Trapper have gone for a more countrified sound for album number six American Goldwing. 'Love The Way You Walk Away' is very pretty indeed and one of the better songs from the new release. Eric Early's voice is as lovely as ever and the tune eases along sweetly like a cold beer on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Chris Taylor's decision to name his new solo project CANT might be considered a direct affront to his 'can do' attitude. As well as being one quarter of critically acclaimed Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear, the multi-instrumentalist and producer has made notable contributions to albums by Jamie Lidell, TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors. CANT, a collaboration with cult act Twin Shadow, sees Taylor taking centre stage and fronting ten cuts of cool and slinky electro-infused pop.Dreams Come True is similar in scope to the recent Blood Orange record, one which Taylor also had a hand in, and benefits from atmospheric interludes in the music wherein organic instrumentation provides a contrast to the electronic production. While brevity is not something that is practiced often enough these days, the album does feel a little sketchy and could have done with perhaps one or two more killer songs to fill it out. Certainly worth a listen and alt. hipsters are sure to love it, but this will be a passing distraction for most Grizzly Bear fans.
Grizzly Bear releases dreamy solo debut.
Marcus Foster's incredible vocal performance on 'I Was Broken' really is a thing of beauty, a powerful voice that can turn even the tritest tunes into something worthy of your attention. Though it may be a bit uninspiring and a tab cliche; that "brooding sad young man" shtick, the song is saved by Foster's impassioned delivery which lends credibility to the rather OTT arrangement.
We had a lot of time for Nine Black Alps at TMF Towers, so Alps' bassist Martin Cohen's new guise Milk Maid (while NBA are on indefinite hiatus) had some high expectations riding against them. Duly matched. Combining Alps' fuzzy guitars with a 60s-style vibe proves to be a winning combo and while the lyrics might not be the shiniest - "You’re killing yourself to cut your arms off / You’re stabbing yourself in the gut" - there's something about it that makes it dead right.
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Solid second effort from the London five-piece Spector. 'What You Wanted' delivers a belter of a chorus replete with terrace-style backing vocals and while we're not entirely sure they're exactly what we want yet, their brand of polished pop-rock certainly peaks our interest.
The title track is a dull, mostly acoustic ballad in the Muse/Jeff Buckley mould. Not my idea of a good time. Far more interesting are the remixes by Blue Daisy and Slugabed, both nicely weird slabs of electronica.
The Kenneth Bager Experience
Single of the Week
Another excellent outing for one of Canada's finest exports since Arcade Fire. Brasstronaut's 'Opportunity' lulls you in with deft percussion, funky guitar and whispered vocals, managing to enchant you even whilst the music remains defiantly low-key. A trumpet solo towards the end would seal the deal for anyone with eclectic leanings, but we were already there. The phrase luscious was made for music like this.
Brasstronaut - Opportunity by Sainted PR
Last updated: 18/04/2018 11:08:01