The Antlers – Burst Apart
Filled with grim, gloom horny dreamy magic Burst Apart is the spectacular follow up from the etenally awesome Hospice.
The minute ‘No Widows’ started I knew this was going to be an album that I would love to for a while. ’No Widows’ sent chilly shivers all the way down my body. My fingertips felt cold, it was as if I was holding a dead body and feeling the soul of unknown hurt.
‘Rolled Down’ made me want to lay down on the cold pavement with the sunlight mooning itself on the side of my face, just glaring at the sun until my eye sockets pocketed bright white.
‘Every Night My Teeth Fall Out’ is a huge organ single; the climax is electric, feeling somewhat unhinged hanging on an edge feeling. Nightmares hey?
By the time the ‘Putting The Dog To Sleep’ came along, I felt emotionally exhausted. If I could have put myself to sleep right then, I would have, unfortunately for me I had to write this article.
Strictly Our Opinion: A brilliant piece of creepy music, Burst Apart really hit a nerve within, a good relaxing nerve. Of course comparing it to Hospice is out of the question, Hospice was breath taking, but I almost forgot how brilliantly awesome it was while being haunted by Burst Apart. [4.0/5.0]
Battles – Gloss Drop
On ‘Africacastle’, the first single taken from Gloss Drop, I could just picture Foals live on stage from about 1minute and 39seconds to about 3.40. It’s big. It’s dramatic. It’s rebellious. It sets the tone for the rest of Gloss Drop, not a single word is sung on ‘Africacastle’ its just pure hard beaten music. Layered with the typical Mirrored feeling.
When I first heard ‘Ice Cream’ I thought I was listening to a bunch of guys having a ‘session off’ with each other. ‘Ice Cream’ is loud. So loud, I had great difficult trying to listen to the lyrics, I guess a little like ‘Atlas.’
Strictly Our Opinion: The highly overdue, very energetic almost hyper record Gloss Drop is a smasher filled with big pop math rock hooks. Losing vocalist Tyondai Braxton, has not damaged Battles in the slightly, instead they never replaced him, they just continued as a trio. [4.0/5.0]
‘Ice Cream’ is one of the coolest songs I have heard this year. It’s dirty and fun.
Out 6th June 2011
Oh look, its the band everyone loves to slag off, we all have one, don’t we? Mine being My Chemical Romance. I have seen the Brother boys many times live, I’m not going to lie they’re not the greatest live band going, but watching Lee screech into a microphone with his guitar under his chin is always amusing. Surprisingly with no album as off yet (Famous Words is due in July) the crowd always hum along like birds in the bright sky.
Anyway when I first heard this song last year I was caught. I am a sucker for a catchy ‘grit-pop’ song.Once again another simple single lyrically, but I am a sucker for simple.
I spent the whole 3.29 seconds laughing my head off to this version of the video. It’s hilarious. Brother actually spent the day filming this on harness with poles attached to their guitars, you can’t see them. Its called magic, that sometimes goes by the name of photo shop. While I enjoyed laughing my hair off, I do prefer the promo version to this video, we all love a bit of female pouting in front of a Union Jack flag in the bare flesh don’t we?
Although I can’t help feel this is either 6 months over due or 6 months too early? What do you reckon? Hate? Ok can I get an ooooh instead?
This song makes me smile inside out, I found myself unconsciously chair dancing by the end of the song, and then I was standing. This version is a little bit more electro sounding compared to the original, but still both versions are awesome.
I managed to head down Dot To Dot festival in Bristol on Saturday (even if only for two bands, then back to London city) where I was most eager to finally see Wolf Gang now he has a full live band and my, I was not dissatisfied. I felt like I had gone back to the 80’s when my mum was a young teenager, dancing and swinging with a little twirl in my skirt. I can’t help, if being brought up on Duran Duran leads me to have these strange emotions towards 80′s bands, many of whom are frankly quite a little rubbish. Wolf Gang is not one of these.
Max McElligott is completing for my ‘best dancing on stage’ award. Ed from Friendly Fires better watch out.
Each and every record mentioned above is worth a trip to your local record store/itunes for. If you don’t go, I may just haunt you, I can do this. I am special. Honestly you won’t regret it (the buying I mean, not me haunting you.)