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Dec
11

Week 47: LA Priest

Posted by jill on December 11, 2015

This week’s song comes from the End of Year top 30 album list by Dummy Magazine.

LA Priest turns two very simple melodic lines into something slightly addictive, by repetition. Even after one minute of the song you’ll be humming the song for the rest of the day. Not too bad to have on in the background, but boy, do Metronomy have a lot to answer for.

Dec
04

Week 46: Jlin

Posted by jill on December 4, 2015

We’re now well in to the end of year round up part of the year, so the plan for the next four blogs is to find bands and artists I’ve missed from these lists. We’re starting with the top album of the year according to The Quietus.

Well out of what I normally would listen to, this is a very glitchy, clinical sound. It samples by looping very short snippets, but just enough to tease you into thinking about the many parts and sounds that make up the track. Perhaps not one that I would download to listen to again and again, but definitely worth listening to carefully at least a few times.

Nov
27

Week 45: Hirvikolari

Posted by jill on November 27, 2015

A couple of my favourite sounds: the warmth of brass instruments and glitchy/edge sounds in electronics.

Hirvikolari combine both of these and they were really worth the trek out to Walthamstow on Wednesday night to see them live. It’s quite surprising that I haven’t encountered this combination any sooner. The two just work so well together. There’s also such a range in the sounds that they can generate and a lot more interesting textures than just a normal band.

Nov
20

Week 44: Constant Bop

Posted by jill on November 20, 2015

This week’s artist takes us on a trip back to the 60s.

Well not exactly. Whilst the 60s/70s influence are clear, there’s also something about his album that is a mishmash of everything else that’s coming before it, going from sunny 3 minute pop songs to rock n’ roll the next and then fuzzy guitars in another moment. Never settling down for more than 3 minutes, it sometimes feel like listening to a playlist on random. On the other hand, you never know what’s coming next.