Sunday, 19 January 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 19/01/2014 - James Vincent McMorrow, Say Yes Dog, Elbow, Wild Beasts, Breton

Five tracks that were as warming as a coronal mass ejection..

London Scouser:-
Elbow - 'Fly Boy Blue / Lunette' (2014)

This week I was umming and ahhing over what would be my track when I received a message on my phone via spotify. It told me that a new track by Elbow was available so I clicked on the link and was pleased to hear that they are still capable of knocking out a great song. Guy Garvey's breathy vocals are back with aplomb and I can't wait til March 10th when their new album ' The Take Off And Landing Of Everything' touches down.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Bury's finest are back...

NERD ALERT - Guy Garvey shares his birthday (March 6th) with many well known people, including David Gilmour, Kiri Te Kanawa, Shaquille O'Neal & Michaelangelo as well as myself and Shellhunter !!

Old Pa's Corner:- 
Wild Beasts - Wanderlust (2013)


It was nice to hear this taster from the Wild Beast's new album Present Tense (2014). I expected great things from them after hearing their album  Two Dancers (2009) the track  All the King's Men (2009) was in my tracks of the year for 2009. I cannot believe that was 5 years ago and that would make me 5 years retired. Now that is what I call scary.

In between. they have had another album out. Smother (2011) which i seemed to have missed. Looks like 2 for the price of one for me. Catch up here we come.

Say Yes Dog - 'A Friend' (2013)

I'm very impressed by the debut four track EP, A Friend, by the Dutch based Electro-Pop trio Say Yes Dog (one member is a Luxembourger the other two are German), which was out Dec 9th last year. Every one's a winner, with elements of Hot Chip and The Whitest Boy Alive, what's not to like, take the infectious, 'A Friend' for evidence. I'm pretty certain we'll be hearing more from these guys. Walkies!?

Listen to the EP on Spotify here..
Go for a walk to Say Yes Dog's website here....

James Vincent McMorrow - 'Cavalier' (2013)

James Vincent McMorrow wandered into the Singer/Songwriter scene in 2011 with his fantastic debut album "Early In The Morning" and completely blew me away. He released the "We Don't Eat" E.P. in 2012 but since then he's been a bit quiet. He has just released Post Tropical which features the stunning 'Cavalier'.  For those expecting another singer/songwriter, guitar based album will be a little disappointed as he's gone all James Blake.  Heavy on the Electronica and with a bucket full of Soul.  This track is worth buying the album for alone! It's a Heartbreaker!

Shell Hunter:-
Breton - 'Envy' (2013)

The mad scientists are back with this single released at the back end of last year and was following on from 'Got Well Soon' which I also featured on TOTW. It's got a completely different feel to the electronica for zombies I described there. Positively bouncey and hooray, steel drums! I'm really looking forward to their new album War Room Stories from Cut Tooth/Believe Recordings out on 3rd February. I read that the guys even employed the services of the 44 piece Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra who appear on 5 tracks throughout the album, including this one. Time for another listen, its like having a good mood on tap!

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK 19/01/2014 - James Vincent McMorrow, Say Yes Dog, Elbow, Wild Beasts, Breton
4/ 5


19 January 2014 at 14:22

LS - yes I like this, got a nice edgy feel to it...then goes into a typical Elbow song, class...I think they will come back strong with next album.
FC - this is great once it gets going. Will definately check out the EP
SFW - you canna beat a heartbreaker and this is a top of the range track. I'm heading for the Tropics
SH - think this one will benefit from a few listens...

21 January 2014 at 18:09

LS - Looking forward to the album
OP - Nice!
FC - Hot chippie
SH - Needs a few listens

4 February 2014 at 10:17

LS, can't wait for the new album, another epic Elbow track. Guy Garvey keeping it real with his Lancashire accent.

Old Pa, I'm fan of Wild Beasts and Hayden Thorpe's voice in particular. I wasn't sure at first but it's a grower, big finish and I love the line "don't confuse me with someone who gives a F"

Sfw, stunning song with a brutal video.

SH, not sure about this, I'll give a few listens though.