So, here we are just 3 months into the year, and I’m happy to say that musically this year is off to a good start. Here are 5 lil’ ditties that I whole-heartedly recommend to you. Anything I’m missing out on? Please comment, I wanna know!
Soko – I Thought I Was An Alien (LP)
Hailing from France, but singing in English with the cutest/most adorable accent you’ve ever heard, Soko‘s first EP, Not Sokute, was a breath of fresh air when it came out in 2007. Her tales of heartbreak were told with humor, bitterness and unrestrained honesty – as the lead single ”I’ll Kill Her” showed only too well. Then, in the middle of what was to be a promising career beginning, she vanished. Well, here we are 5 years later, and Soko finally decided to get out of the shadows and into the spotlight again. Her first proper studio album, I Thought I Was An Alien, surpasses the high expectations one might have had after 5 years of hearing Not Sokute. Welcome back, we missed you.
Mind Spiders – Meltdown (LP)
Mind Spiders’ first LP is barely a year old, already made Them Blue Midnights’ Top 30 of 2011 list – and here we are with a new album already. This time, Mark Ryan, the mastermind behind this project, changes things up a bit. Instead of playing basically all of the instruments by himself (as he did on the first album), we have a full band recording on this one. Oh, and there are 2 drummers playing simultaneously. This album gives us more of Mind Spiders’ unique blend of psych/garage/camp and it’s a fantastic record. Check it out…………… And dude, 2 drummers!!!!
A Place To Bury Strangers – Onwards To The Wall (EP)
Almost 3 years after their 2nd LP, Exploding Head came out, A Place To Bury Strangers are back with some mind-meltingly loud sounds for us. This 5 track EP is actually a great introduction for anyone who has never heard the band before. While the sonic mix of Jesus And Mary Chain meets My Bloody Valentine meets…. er… 60’s pop (I guess), continues, the noticeable thing about this EP is the lack of drum loops – with only 1 track seemingly using them – while the others employ an actual drumset, making the songs more organic. It’s a brilliant EP and the songwriting is as strong as ever. Can’t wait to see this live.
Davila 666 – Pa Que Vives (7” Single)
Davila 666’s first single, Pa Que Vives, off their upcoming album is just so good that all I can say is I can’t stop playing it and I’m getting very impatient for the album to come out. This is already one of my favourite songs of theirs, and I’ve only received this 7” a few weeks ago. Now can the LP come out, pretty please???
*Note: Vinyl-only single – unavailable to hear on youtube. But if you’ve never heard the band before, check this one out.
The Big Pink – Future This
It took me a while to get used to this record, but I really dig it now. After their amazing first album, A Brief History Of Love which came out late 2009, The Big Pink are back with a cleaner, less-edgy follow up. Gone are some of the loud guitars that made songs like At War With The Sun so intense on the first LP. The focus this time seems to be more on melodies and ambient textures driven by electronic soundscapes. It’s definitely a poppier record, but if you give it time, you realize that’s not a bad thing. The songs are in general actually stronger, and once you get into it, it’s a tough album to stop listening to. Very good stuff – hopefully, they won’t wait as long to release the 3rd LP.