Sunday, 23 October 2011

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 23/10/2011

Four tracks that warmed our loins this week. Do you have any for us?
Shell Hunter:-
Gotye - 'Somebody I Used To Know (Ft. Kimbra)' (2011)

The cold is rolling in and I had to scrape the frost off my car for the first time this week. Driving into work at stupid o'clock in the morning in the pitch black has been made slightly more bearable by the few tracks that have stood out for me this week. My better half recommended I listen to this track and it wasn't his usual taste of "obscure American guitar bands", so I gave it a whirl. It has totally grown on me after a couple of listens and is perfect for those quiet, self contemplative drives along the M3 in what seems the middle of the night. Gotye sounds a bit like Peter Gabriel when he gets going and I like the way Kimbra's voice starts off sweet and nice but builds in anger. I'm glad I wasn't involved in this obviously hurtful breakup. Goyte has just released his third album, Making Mirrors and has 2 London dates in his tour next week, but are already sold out! Bummer!

Andrew Bird - Night Sky (2011)

Andrew Bird is an artist who I haven't really given the attention that he merits, which is odd as I've got a few tracks of his previously which I really like, but just haven't purchased - I'll be rectifying this ASAP! This song features on the OST for the movie "Norman" (looks a bit happy).

ooh, Andrew Bird has the horn.

Old Pa's Corner:-
June Tabor & Oysterband - 'Love will tear us Apart' (2011)

Thanks Flycasual for pointing me in the direction of this new album by June Tabor & Oysterband called 'Ragged Glory', not only is it an outstanding album and includes a 'Dylan Cover' (7 Curses) but the Rendition of  'Love will Tear us Apart' is nothing short of brilliant. It captures the desolation and desperation of Curtis's heartfelt lyrics. I have never really liked any of the many covers of this song, none seemed to be able to do it justice but this certainly does and I for one will be listening to it 'again' and 'again'.

Friends - 'His Girl' (2011)

Ooh that's a naughty bass line I thought when I first heard this track! A great Hip Hop feel to it too which also reminded me of those Punk/Funk bands like Tom Tom Club, ESG and Delta 5. But the clincher for me is the bell sound that reminds me of my newsagents where I used to live and going in, buying my Monster Munch (pickled onion), a Crunchie and a copy of Razzle. Anyway this is a top tune from the Brooklyn 5 piece about giving your boyfriend some space (go girl) and not a bad retro style video showing off some super 8 skills (which includes skateboard footage..ooh yeah!).

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24 October 2011 at 11:33

3 great Tracks guys....
GOTYA all I can say is GOTME! love it!
BIRD never really listened to him but will be checking him out immediatly
FRIENDS my new best friend, see where you are comming from with the Tom Tom Clum great bass

29 October 2011 at 22:24

Another rollercoaster totw!
SFW - I thought this wasn't for me when the song first started, but by the end I realised I was enjoying it. I'll definitely listen to that again.

Pa - I'm like you, I seem to reject covers of LWTUA as Ian Curtis' pain is hard to replicate. I do like quiet loneliness the strings bring though.

Fly - This was the perfect jolt to wake me from from my melancholy moment! I like this a lot, its almost 80's like. The girl reminds me of the Wee Pappa Girl Rappers a bit.

31 October 2011 at 20:54

Gotye's dubbed the 'Belgian Beck' apparently. He has a couple of decent tracks under his belt and this track started off well enough but I find he has a habit of over dramatising his chorus' which I find a bit grating. Unfortunately this is no different.

Great to hear a completely different take to a classic and beautiful song. A good find a think.

I'd be interested to hear what the Tom Tom Clum are like too.

Sfw, I'll get back to reception was pants and the track kept breaking up.