This is a surprisingly good album! I’m so stunned at how impressive it is. Kind of like Mark Lanegan doing some more upbeat bluesy stuff.
Where to start… The predominant thought from this album is around influences. With the massive availability of music presently, there seems to be this surge of music that draws from a huge range of influences – something we’ve never experienced before. Ten years ago you could have maybe 200 albums, all on CD, if you were a passionate muso – now it’s thousands. When I gave up on CD’s around 5 years ago, I had about 300 – now I have 2883 albums in iTunes. This massive increase in the availability of music and it’s ever growing complexity through influences is what I hear in Love Migrate’s debut LP. Their Facebook description is a little simpler: “We play dark pop ballads”.
There are tinges of bands such as Beirut and The Middle East, Beck’s Sea Change era and early Tim Buckley, there’s even a hint of Kings of Leon in the track “Little Kid” in their sound – I must stress that these a merely what springs to mind, there is so much more to the album than simply reminding me of the above. It’s a wonderful mix of beautifully touching melody and controlled performance.
The title track (of sorts) “Plagued Are All My Thoughts”, is a wonderful slow burn that effortlessly builds it’s crescendo only to stop in an almost self conscious moment as if to retain secrecy or privacy. “Making This Hard” however, undoes this in an instant with a driving rhythm and upbeat tempo.
It’s a rollercoaster of an album lilting between aching melody, inward paranoia, outright sadness and rythmic injections, a hint of accordian drone and a range of guitar sounds. Lead singer Eddie Alexander’s lyrics and voice are so delicate they sometimes lose clarity and blend with the rest of the band but this, along with some wonderful melodies – “Galah Love” being the stand-out – and a wonderful, stonking, horn ridden reprise to round out the experience, gives the album it’s feel, it’s je ne se quoi. That is where this album shines – it just feels great to listen to.
Eddie will be joing us for a chat on Break Your Fingers Laughing this Saturday between 8-10pm on 4ZZZ Brisbane 102.1FM – http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/listen-online
76% – Excellent
Sometimes albums just sounds kind of earthly, natural, like being outdoors in a beautiful place. Bands like Sigur Ros and Jinja Safari spring to mind. With Kyü 2 this is exactly what Kyü achieve. From the rhythms to the harmonies to the bed of sounds laid out in beautiful arrangements, there’s nothing quite like listening to an album that just flows naturally.
Kyü 2 is one of those albums that needs time to sit. It can be so rich and so sparse that it’s difficult to latch onto anything straight away. It is however, an album. More than a collection of songs, it has a togetherness that is often lost on modern albums. These songs work better when listened to side by side, rather like a symphony.
As the swirl of the opening track subsides, the rhythm kicks in with a slightly jungle (the place, not the genre) vibe on ‘Quiche’. The limited piano progression beautifully punctuates the smooth vocals surrounded by a delicate mix of abstract sounds that sit nice and low in the mix. Even as I write I feel myself drifting away with the music – it’s so calming and non-intursive.
That is where Kyü 2 may fail to impress. If it’s given time it will find a place on many a muso’s playlist or ‘best of’ lists, but without the effort from the listener it may just drift away as charmingly as it drifted in. It’s perfect background music, perfect sleeping music, perfect just chilling out music – without being given time. On repeat listens, Kyü 2 shows an extraordinary depth and a true touch of class throughout.
Wonderfully produced, written and performed, the beauty is in the detail – much like OK Computer minus the Karma Police but full of natural charm and talent.
With the opening “Ramp Up The Bleeding”, the quality of songwriting on Come Up Invisible is evident. Breaking in with some nice crowd sounds and a sweet guitar squeel, this pop/rock gem hurtles along with some beautiful lyrics and a melodious arrangement for 4 of it’s 7 minutes, ending with an invigorating mess of flutes, synths and churning guitar. It is as good an opener to an album as you can get but offers only a glimpse into the beauty of We All Want To’s second long player effort.
The balance between both male and female vocals is perfectly rich and warm throughout on top of a bed of a tight rhythm section and jangly guitars that sometimes divulge into raw, distorted solos as evident on track three “We’re Not Perfect”. Opening with a soft organ, Skye Stanifords voice draws you secretly into a place where the drums find room and the guitars go from a quiet chord pregression into a wonderfully dirty solo.
Although the majority of the lyrics are wonderful, “Stop pissing in the sink/Stop being cool/Stop trying so hard to think/Stop standing out of frame”, they can also be prone to losing their way somewhat, coming up short and being a little bit too direct. For example the track “Where Sleeping Ends” contains the lyric, “I got sent to school and I got sent home/Sent to the office to repay my loan”, but redeems itself with the wonderful “I dreamt about identical twins/They looked just like me except for the fins”.
“Shine” is a brilliant example of how to write, record and produce a song. All of the ingredients receive the perfect measurement in an understated, bubbling beneath the surface fashion, that is, until the crescendo. The lyrics again highlight the quality of this album, “It’s OK to smile at nothing”.
The simple, mostly acoustic/clean music, with tinges of alt-country and indie rock, are consistantly offset with the exact right amount of adventurous guitar sounds, freedom for the drummer and a spacey blend of vocal melodies making for a most enjoyable collection of songs that belong together and flow with moody purpose.
75% – Excellent
Carreno Is LB – Monster Truck EP (Days Of Being Wild 012)
Including Hierm, Rotten City, Catalepsia remixes.
Release date: 29/10/2012.
I’m listening to Monster Truck sipping a coffee and thinking about this press release I need to write.
And, well I feel a bit feverish suddenly… and the coffee suddenly tastes too strong, my stomach hurts a bit…
I pull out the Carreno’s biog I have:
“Keeping in mind that this kid has been exposed to the ´The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes´, it´s only to be expected that his music comes so tightly compressed with that paranormal sound. Born in 1989 and raised in the Hotel Overlook, he´s a fervent lover of irreverent, profane electronic music.”
Maybe that explains why I feel like that… This slice of pounding dark electro needs to be experienced late… in some dark place… not too sober, well definitely not on caffeine.
So I think to myself, I’m going to listen to the remixes maybe they will make me feel better…
Hiem is really not helping here. Man… what’s wrong with these people. This is a moist take on the original, it’s relentless, it’s grabbing me and I have now taken my t-shirt off, and spilled the coffee on the carpet.
I’m dancing like a crazy idiot in the office (luckily I’m on my own).
By the time the Rotten City remix kicks in I’m demented, dancing and raving like a mad man. Behind Rotten City is Alvaro Cabana escaped from Los Lopez and shamefully hiding from his sins… This is now peak hour dementia, drums are cascading, out of time, too loud, punk.
By making things more psychedelic and toning down the electro vibe, Catalepsia eventually snaps me out of my physical madness and gets a tighter grip on my mind.
Are we seriously releasing this? Man I’m getting old.
I calm down… I need to write that press release.
I wipe the coffee stain off the carpet but it’s too late, it sunk in. Shit. It’s not even lunch time… I’m getting old.
Well it’s been a crazy two weeks after my new show “Break Your Fingers Laughing” on 4ZZZ started last week it’s been busy, busy, busy trying to listen to as much music as possible around the day job and study! But I have found some nice little pieces that I would like to share.
1. Roger Waters performing The Wall live was stunning! Something that everybody should see in their lifetime. Hopefully it’ll be released on DVD but I’m not so confident on that… Here’s a brief set of photo’s from the Thursday 2nd February set.
2. The show on Zed has been going well. There’s been a few iffy moments but overall I’m settling into it nicely. I want to get more new, local (Brisbane) music so check out www.4zzzfm.org.au/programs/break-your-fingers-laughing for submission details etc. and the show is now on Facebook and Twitter @BYFL102. I also want to start bringing some bands in for live sessions but want to try do something different from the usual acoustic guitars with bongos setup. I don’t know what yet but will try to come up with something, any suggestions are welcome. I think I’ll do a 8Tracks playlist for the show, copyright laws restrict me from Podcasting the actual show.
I also started a new segment on this weeks show called “Turn The Lights Down Low and Begin To Drift” (#LightsOffZed) where I encourage listeners to do exactly that while I play a couple of tunes to match the mood. Again, suggestions are welcome if you think you know or have a song that fits in with this then let me know.
3. New music has been flowing this past few weeks. Here’s a list of bands/artists and their songs that have impressed me and made it into my special world of music: