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.
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
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:
Hey! Brisbane music making people! I’m looking to expand my horizons of what’s available music wise in Brisbane and also to heighten your potential opportunities through this blog and also a show on 4ZzZ called “Break Your Fingers Laughing” that I’m starting next week.
I want to find interesting music. I don’t like pigeon holing music into genres and often struggle to understand the difference of one genre to the next. So if you think you make music that’s different, smart, exciting, beautiful, mellow, technical, experimental, and most of all music that sounds good then please let me know. It can be soft or heavy or anywhere in between. Likewise if you’re a non-musician and happen to know of some awesome Brisbane based bands then please send them my way.
Of course the blog and show are not limited to Brisbane, although they will take a big focus, I’d love to hear from anyone in any part of the world.
Check out the show on ZzZ every Friday morning (12am – 2am kind of Thursday night). 102.1FM if you’re in Brisbane and online at http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/listen-online.
I quite like this song from a band called Laura. A five piece from Melbourne, ‘Mark the Day’ is taken from their 2011 album ‘This Grey Earth’. It’s chilled, it’s almost like a slow motion apocalypse.
The album is available from Bandcamp here. You can also stream the full album there before you buy.
Playing Brisbane on Saturday 19th November at Woodland Bar which unfortunately clashes with Harvest
I was partially challenged today to find some Math Rock in Brisbane. Not really challenged, but it came up in a conversation and I realised that since living in Brisbane I haven’t really found much, or any, Math Rock. So I guess I challenged myself to find some.
Type “Brisbane, Math Rock” into google and it’s instantly apparent that Mr. Maps are one of the bands to listen to. So here is my first recommendation of a Brisbane Math Rock band: Mr. Maps and the track is “Tennis Party”. Although the production could be crisper, there’s a real beauty to this track, and to this band in general.
Turns out I’ve just missed their last gig of the year at a gig I considered going to…