Sunday, 16 June 2013

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 16/06/13 - T.W.I.N.S., Polica, Lloyd Cole, Kodaline, KT Tunstall,

Five tracks we had under surveillance this week...

London Scouser:-
Poliça (featuring Justin Vernon) - Tiff (2013)

I'll start by saying I struggle to find and listen to new music. What I mean is that there is so much out there, that unless it's an artist I know of where do I begin. I'm not a musical snob, but I like what I like. Therefore I will listen to tracks that ate recommended by an artist I already know or as in this case if the track features someone I know.
Poliça are totally unknown to me, but this track features Justin Vernon of Bon Iver so this was my way in. They are a four-piece from Minneapolis and fall into the electro-pop category which I'm a casual fan of. The first thing that hit me about the song is Channy Leanagh's great vocals and I love a track that casually drops the 'F' bomb. It's not big and it's not clever but neither am I. I also love a good memorable video and this is definitely one of those. I won't spoil it by saying why it's memorable so I urge you to watch it.

KT Tunstall - 'Feel It All' (2013)

This fantastic performance by KT Tunstall on Jools Holland's Later reminded me why she entranced us all first time round.  It features on her new album, Invisible Empire / Crescent Moon, and if it's half as good as this I'll be happy.  I've always said, girls with guitars rule!

T.W.I.N.S. - 'Found a Flat' (2013)

This track is dedicated to all you struggling home buyers out there and apparently Location Location Location megastar, Kirstie Allsopp is a big fan. It's the debut single from London duo T.W.I.N.S. (out June 10) and with a sprinkling of the Pet Shop Boys and Hot Chip in there, I've been hooked on it's catchy chorus and pogo stick like beat. Hugo and Laurence first cut their musical teeth by creating a soundtrack for a gay porn series called “Indie Boys”. A firm base then if there ever was one and I'll be interested in hearing more fo sho. I made that up about Kirstie Allsopp, too...crap I know.
Thanks to Sure Shot PR for the heads up and if you want to have a viewing of T.W.I.N.S. page on Facebook, click here

Shell Hunter:- 
Kodaline - 'Love Like This' (2013)

Yesterday was my first day back after 2 and a half weeks of being in Spain relaxing. Needless to say I had a serious case of the back to work blues. With my face like a smacked ass, I didn't even bother to plug my iPhone in. I just let the radio mumble away in the background until this song started that is, I miserably turned it up. It was the best musical medicine and like an adrenalin shot to the heart made me feel more upbeat. My day at work was an easy one thankfully and to wrap things up nicely as soon as I got back in the car to go home, the song was on the radio again! I found out it was kodaline whom I had a soft spot for last year with 'All I Want'. With their Coldplay-esque choruses, they can't fail to paint those blues a nice healthy pink again!

Old Pa's Corner :-
Lloyd Cole - Period Piece (2013)


This is vintage Lloyd Cole and it is from his new album Standards. This one could have easily slipped into his first 2 classic albums, Rattlesnakes and  Easy Pieces. I have always had a soft spot for LC and have followed his career ever since he split with the Commotions. I will most certainly listen to the whole album. Welcome back Lloyd. Click for a classic Lloyd Cole track and story.

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18 June 2013 at 10:44

LS - thats what I call a tiff....a bit evil 'thow....saying that great track
SFW - This is pretty good..and sh is a Scottish lassie too
FC - not sure about this on first hearing...maybe its that pogo stick beat
SH - I like this. a toss up between this and LS for track of the week

18 June 2013 at 11:00

Another enjoyable selection!
LS- absolutely horrific video, I will not be watching that again! I liked the song though, will have to listen to whilst looking at at picture of kittens next time though
Sfw- another great stripped back performance, KT at her best
Fly- Fantastic!!! PSB meets Hot Chip, a winning combo. And the vid has silly walks!
OP- I like this, nice and nostalgic.

27 June 2013 at 16:12

Some violent videos this week, including mine!

LS, Polica's 'Dark Star' was one of my favourite tracks of last year, they have two drummers so there are some good breaks. This is another good track but see no point in the video unless I am missing the point. I need an houmous!

Sfw, not bad, girl with a guitar....agreed!

SH, not for me I'm afraid but I'm happy if it makes you happy. People are hitting each other in this one too.

Old Pa, reminded me of Dylan, I'm sure there were some references in there. Song was meh..