New Musick Monday

Last week we pleaded with you to buy the special edition of Kid A and, we’re not gonna lie, not many of you did. A few more of you brought the Noah & The Whale album, which entered just inside the top 20. Obviously soppy love songs sell better than paranoid tension these days. But, what will always sell, is a song about sex performed by three young ladies in tight lycra, so it’s little surprise to see that ‘Get Sexy’ by the Sugababes entered at no. 2 on Sunday. Well done everyone.

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East of Eden by Taken By Trees

As we’ve said before, Taken By Trees is the musical nom de plume of one Victoria Bergsman, former lead singer of The Concretes and the female portion of Peter, Bjorn & John’s ‘Young Folks’. East of Eden was partially recorded in Pakistan, during which time Bergsman had to pretend to be married to avoid unwanted attention and was ignored by the male musicians who appear on the album. Thankfully the results are startling, with songs like the lovely ‘Anna’ and the brilliantly conceived cover of Animal Collective’s ‘My Girls’ (re-titled ‘My Boys here) taking elements from her travels and suffusing them with her distinctive own sound.

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Kings & Queens by Jamie T

Jamie T kind of passed us by before, what with all the harping on by the music press, each magazine declaring either him, Alex Turner or Mike Skinner some kind of modern day poet. This was probably a bit unfair and we enjoyed his debut album a lot on the one occasion we listened to it. This, the follow-up, is more of the same, but with greater focus on the actual songs and not just trying to make them sound as ramshackle as possible.

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‘Dominos’ by The Big Pink

We did a thing on this song about a month ago and when we heard it on the radio the other morning we thought, “this is really rather good”, so here it is again. Moody, booming, simple and very catchy, it has all the ingredients to become a real smash on the hit parade. Things being the way they are, it will no doubt limp in at no. 38 and set things up ‘nicely’ for their debut album, A Brief History of Love.

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