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joan as police woman: cover (2009)
September 21, 2009, 9:39 am
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Joan As Police Woman

Covers albums get a bad deal. With recent releases such as Scarlett Johansson’s Anywhere I Lay My Head gaining a barrage of truly undeserved cynicism, and older offerings like Odetta Sings Dylan being nowhere near as acclaimed as they should be, it’s only the irritatingly polished Live Lounge warblings that seem to make their way into a wider field of vision. This is bad. So, Joan As Police Woman. Brilliant. Covers album. Yes. Result? Half-baked.

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free music friday: taxi taxi!
September 11, 2009, 10:16 am
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130509_taxitaxiTaxi Taxi!
‘Ripest Fruit’

Gaining an extensive following and securing spots on both Roskilde and Hultsfred Festivals after just two demos on Myspace, twin sisters Miriam and Johanna Eriksson Berhan release their debut album, Standing At Your Back Door, on October 12th. As Taxi Taxi!, barely grazing the edge of their teens, and with a couple of much-admired EPs under their belts (2007’s self-titled and Step Into The Light, released earlier this year), the two have rustled up more than enough anticipation for their first full-length release than you can shake a harmony-laden Swedish stick at.

A video of a live performance of ‘Ripest Fruit’ can be seen on their Myspace, pretty much showing that it’s the simplicity of this song that makes it so compelling. The whispery guitar and taut, wooden percussion play host to the wonderfully blended voices of Miriam and Johanna, making them more mellow than fellow pop Swedes Those Dancing Days, but way more lovable than the faux ’60s jangle of The Concretes. It manages to stick to one pace, leave out the big sing-a-long chorus, and still give you a slice of acoustic-based loveliness that avoids the limp route it could have taken. Fond and nostalgic, basic and joyful, it’s what plays in your head when you see the person on the bus that you’re secretly in love with. MP3 after the jump.

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free music friday: tickley feather
September 11, 2009, 9:28 am
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130809_tickleyfeatherTickley Feather
‘Not A Drum’

By most people’s standards, Annie Sachs, aka Tickley Feather, goes a little off the compass. Originally from the wilds of rural Virginia before moving to Philadelphia, her self-titled debut snuck in quietly through the back door in 2008, its strange lo-fi noises and ghostly vocals beckoning for repeated listens, and your undivided attention. From spending four years putting her fragmented, spacey-folk sound together in her living room, to opening for Animal Collective and their newly solo member, Panda Bear, Sachs’s second full-length release, Hors D’oeuvres, will be creeping into the light on October 19th.

‘Not A Drum’ sees her return with a more accessible sound and a unsettling catchy hook; pop, but not in a wholesome sense. At all. The music-box chime coupled with the wave of distortion behind it gives it a kind of Baby-Jane-Hudson-by-the-Sea quality, with Annie’s delicate vocals wringing out in the distance for some added chills. An intriguing introduction to her new material; innocent with a hint of menace, as if Alice had followed the white rabbit, fallen down the hole and found a four-track recorder instead of an annoying Cheshire cat. Curiouser and curiouser indeed. MP3 after the jump.

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free music friday: a sunny day in glasgow
September 11, 2009, 9:19 am
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250609_sunnydayinglasgowA Sunny Day In Glasgow
‘Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)’

Hailing from Philadelphia, and with a slightly perplexing name, A Sunny Day In Glasgow gather together hazy synths and samples, with guitars and some rather pleasant harmonies to form their robust and confident stylings. They like big sounds, and they make big music, yes they do. Towering soundscapes prevail over sweet, echoing vocals; these aren’t songs, they’re atmospheres. After forming in 2006, the band have released a critically acclaimed debut album, 2007’s Scribble Mural Comic Journal, plus a small slew of EPs and singles. Their second full-length, Ashes Grammar, lands upon our shores September 28th.

At a first listen, this preview track sounds oddly similar to clips you might hear on adverts for the ‘Chilled Euphoria’ albums. Strange. What’s stranger is that this is not necessarily a bad thing. The lingering intro, inoffensive beat and effectively layered vocals are more than enticing, the lulling synth sounds enjoyable, without being cheesy. ‘Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)’ is perfect for distracting yourself on the tube, putting you in a wide open space and away from the guys guzzling Stella and annoying strangers, but it would sound even better at 5am, having just come home and arguing with your flatmate about who’s making breakfast. Everyone’s a winner really. MP3 after the jump.

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