Everything I right click seems to turn to gold these days. No Midnight Star to be found here though (thank goodness), just a selection of solid tracks that I’ve come across over the past couple of weeks.
I begin with three tracks that definitely belong in my Song Titles Of A Quirky Persuasion collection.
Adem is a Turkish-English musician based in London. I didn’t realize this was a cover until I went digging, and since I have no familiarity with original artist Aphex Twin, despite the fact that he’s got quite the Wiki write-up, I enjoy it without being influenced by the original. Subdued start with glockenspiel-type instrumentation gradually builds with understated vocals to a measured conclusion. Nice.
Solid indie rock from Broken River Prophet, an outfit that have been kicking around since 1994 and list over two dozen people as past band members. Go here for more free downloads.
These guys just make me laugh. Titus Andronicus take their name from an early Shakespearian tragedy and play raw fast paced indie rock. Consider the first verse of ‘My Time Outside The Womb’.
The first thing you see is the light.
Then, you focus on a man in a mask with a knife
as he cuts you away from everything you thought you knew about life.
Now you’re in your mother’s arms, wrinkled and wet.
You’ll spend the rest of your life trying to hard to forget
that you met the world naked and screaming
and that’s how you’ll leave it.
Their website also made me smile – even if you don’t like them, you won’t completely disappoint them.
Titus Andronicus like songs which are fast more than songs which are slow. Titus Andronicus think slow songs are okay sometimes. Titus Andronicus never sing about love, only hate. Titus Andronicus have no hope for the future. Titus Andronicus believe only in nothingness. Everyone in Titus Andronicus was born to die. Titus Andronicus crave your approval but will settle for your utter disdain.
I wrote about Brooklyn’s Motel Motel recently, when they thoughtfully emailed me the wonderful ‘Harlem’, one of my most listened to tracks in the last month or so. ‘Coffee’ is off their EP Old York and sounds a little like a train building up steam in the beginning. I absolutely love the way this track builds and the chatter at the end as the sound fades is pretty cool.
I have only seen Dangermaker pop up on a couple of other blogs so it’s nice to help spread the word. They sure know how I like my indie rock – great guitar work, lots of oooohhh-oooohhhs and smooth vocals. Definitely worth a listen.
King Khan & The Shrines, also referred to at times as The Supreme Genius of King Khan and His Sensational Shrines (love it), are a Berlin based ‘psychedelic soul’ band. I’ve only heard a couple of tracks, but I’ve hit the repeat button on ‘Welfare Bread’ so often that it’s definitely time to track down more of this energetic stuff.
Hopefully The Opals will also be able to replicate gold when they take on the USA in the Olympic basketball final, set to start in just a few short minutes. That’s if Channel 7 deem it important enough to show. I’d hate to ask them to disrupt their crucial advertising and montage coverage.