New Music Monday

More and more, this blog is becoming dead space apart from two weekly features and for that we are terribly sorry. It’s been a busty (wahey!) few weeks and we’re off to Iceland on Wednesday so there’s not too much to look forward to on the horizon. Plans are afoot for some interesting developments regarding content, etc, but in the meantime why not read a book instead? Perhaps tell a loved one what they mean to you? Maybe write a song about the environment and play it at your next dinner party? Either way, just stop guilt tripping us, OK! Last week’s trio did absolutely nothing chart-wise, so let’s see how these miscreants do.

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Swanlights by Antony & The Johnsons

We had the pleasure of spending the day with Antony Hegarty the other week. We saw him perform the title track from this, his fourth album, and we also sat through a lengthy (but intermittently fascinating) talk about the future of the planet and finally we were filmed having an awkward chat about other stuff. It’s fair to say we didn’t leave a lasting impression on him, but he did with us. For example, we now know he’s obsessed with his double chin, that he wants to “blow up” The Guardian building and that he spends so much time with Bjork that he mimics her speech! This album is very good by the way.

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Lucky Shiner by Gold Panda

We could have gone for Belle & Sebastian‘s new one (but it’s a bit dull), or The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (but it’s a bit too precious), so we’re going with this debut album from Gold Panda (and not just because it was recorded whilst Mr Panda was dog-sitting for his parents). Whilst the opening track ‘You’ is a barmy, head-spinning rush of cut up vocal samples, elsewhere Lucky Shiner simmers down and is actually rather lovely. There’s a homely, strangely warm feeling to it and this will sound even better when we’re lost up some Icelandic mountain in a few days time.

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‘Marching Song’ by Esben and the Witch

Can we just say, Sheryl Crow has recorded a cover of the Terence Trent D’Arby classic, ‘Sign Your Name’, and it’s fucking atrocious. The end.

Instead, you should by listening to the epic doom-pop of Brighton trio, Esben and the Witch. True, a lot of ‘Marching Song’ is all a bit po-faced, a bit overly earnest, but it has a brilliant tension that runs through it. Plus, the video features violence without really showing violence, which is probably a big allegory for something but frankly we can’t be arsed thinking about it right now.

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