TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 17/03/13 - Phosphorescent, Rhye, Frank's Daughter, The Flight, Brent and Johnson
Put on your Papal slippers and enjoy five tracks that got our vote this week..
Frank's Daughter - 'Fall Fully Backwards' (2013)
I recently discovered Frank's Daughter. But before you tell my wife, it's not Janine Butcher rather than Frank (vox, guitar, keys) & Arthur (guitar, bass, programming) with their debut single 'Fall Fully Backwards'. It's layered Synths, driving bass, atmospheric vocals and a drum sample could easily fit on any UNKLE album. Comparisons have been made with Talk Talk, Portishead, Massive Attack and Post 'Kid A' Radiohead. Either way I loves it!
Rhye - 'The Fall' (2012)
It's 4am I'm driving into work, I'm weary and vulnerable, then all of a sudden this siren's voice seduces me over the speakers. There's something very heart warming about being seduced at that time in the morning, in fact, at anytime. I was listening to a playlist of recommended songs, when this one hit me making me go all shivery. It was the feelings it evoked of the longing, fragility and what it means to be newly in love. What's he on about? Oh leave me alone, it was very early and I was feeling particularly susceptible to this emotional barrage. The voice may very well be Sade-esque but the vocals actually belong to Canadian Mike Milosh, who is very much a man, while Danish producer, Robert Hannibal make up the California based duo. The latest single 'Open' is out now but it's 'The Fall' that won me over, the slight housey feel to the song with the minimal beats and subtle piano, just add to it's hypnotic effect and is taken from the debut album, Woman, released earlier this month. It's 35 minutes of sensual, sexy goodness a bit like slowly eating a Cadbury's Flake in your pants.
The Flight - 'Hangman' (2013)
I absolutely love this dark murder ballad from the debut EP of The Flight which is also titled Hangman. Apparently it is the reworking of an old folk song called Pretty Polly and the EP would probably feature on Tim Burton's iPod! It features the vocals of extremely gutted singer/songwriter Keaton Henson (check more of his stuff here courtesy of SFW). The guys responsible are production tag team Joe Henson (Keaton's bro no less!) and Alexis Smith and it's their first release as artists. I think this track has Massive Attack painted all over it especially the sparse Teardrop-esque beat and Keaton's vocal style reminds me a bit of Sinead O' Connor from Fire On Babylon. Totally hypnotic!
Brent and Johnson - 'Equality Street' (2013)
Having previously lived in Slough for a number of years I feel a bit proud whenever I see David Brent as he represented !!!
After The Office, came Extras which started brilliantly then fizzled out for me. Life's Too Short is excellent and I'm looking forward to the Easter special, cringe-tastic no doubt.
But I hear you cry, this is a music blog not a TV guide... Have no fear readers, the music is here for you in the fabulous form of 'Brent & Johnson' with Equality Street.
I'm not a big fan of Comic Relief as I find most of the show pretty awful, for example WTF is Mrs Brown all about ?? How can people laugh ?? But I digress, this years comedy-athon had a few funny moments. Walliams & Carr doing a Bond opening scene and then the return of David Brent. This is a bit of fun with some reggae and rap thrown in.
Old Pa's Corner:-
Phosphorescent - Song for Zula (2013)
This is taken from Phosphorescent aka Matthew Houck's new album Muchacho. I believe the song was featured in Grey's Anatomy (never watched it). Who cares! Why did I bother saying that!
Song for Zula is an excellent haunting song, it could easily be mistaken for something Moby would have done. It would not surprise me if it is not sampled for some TV programme or a TV advert in the very near future. It coasts along on soft, electronic beats and programmed strings. It is one of those records that will get under your skin. I can't stop playing it. I think you could file this under the title of epic. What do you think?.
'Love is a burning thing'
Checkout previous Tracks of the week here