Archive for May 26th, 2006

May 26, 2006

PIRANHA DEATHRAY – The Rising / Your Chilling Presence (Free Download Single)

The Rising, Your Chilling Presence CoverDog Box Records BOX10: 17th April 2006
1. The Rising
"I'm drowning, my Albatross is in the sky"
2. Your Chilling Presence
"You know we just can't co-exist, no, so I'm getting an exorcist"

'The Rising' has a gloriously repetitive, thudding Guitar riff and a vocal that reminds me of an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical (For no reason that I can adequately explain).  It's like The 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster without The Cramps fixation.  'Your Chilling Presence' is like one of those haunting epics that Pulp did so well (But with some sinister Ennio Morricone atmospherics).

Piranha Deathray Website / Piranha Deathray MySpace Page / Dog Box Website

May 26, 2006

BIB – I Wanna Be A Better / Flowers (Free Download Single)

I Wanna Be A Better, Flowers CoverDog Box Records BOX9: 17th April 2006
1. I Wanna Be A Better
"Scrimp and save for rainy days, disappear in the haze"
2. Flowers
"My god your eyes are like flowers, I would die for eyes like that in my life"

At last the long awaited follow up to Bib's first single 'Jobs-On-Line' (One of my 'Tracks Of 2005'). 'Jobs-On-Line' had an endearingly Lo-Fi sound but these have got the thrilling Electro-Pop gloss of the Pet Shop Boys. 'I Wanna Be A Better' is a big step forward from the first single and it's got some great New Order like guitar work at the end. 'Flowers' has waves of sound that wash over you and wonderful Robert Smith style vocals.

Click here to watch the 'Victims Of Crime' Video

Bib Website / Bib MySpace Page / Dog Box Website

May 26, 2006

PET SHOP BOYS – I’m With Stupid (CD & DVD Singles)

I'm With Stupid CoverParlophone CDR6690 / DVDR6690: 22nd May 2006
1. I'm With Stupid
"You flew up all the way, like a hawk chasing a dove, I never thought that I would be, a sacrifice in love"
2. The Resurrectionist
"Our goods are dear but they're never shoddy, tell me anybody… need a body?"
3. The Resurrectionist (Goetz B. Extended Mix)
"We've all got to earn ourselves a living, all it takes is a little bit of digging"
4. Girls Don't Cry
"In the pocket by her heart is a dog-eared Polaroid, a picture of a girl with her arm round a boy who went missing"

'I'm With Stupid' is one of the Pet Shop Boys' finest singles to date, it's got the usual perfect pop music sound we've come to expect from Chris Lowe. But it deserves a place among their greatest work because of Neil Tennant's lyrics. It's about a bad relationship and it's also about Bush and Blair. Every line can be seen from either perspective, and that's its genius.

'The Resurrectionist' has a strident 'Final Countdown' type Synth line. The fun pop shine hides a dark heart like all the their best work. The lyrics are about Burke & Hare, the infamous Edinburgh body snatchers. The 'Goetz B. Extended Mix' takes this twisted tale onto the dance floor. I can see people dancing around to cheerful lines like "We saw the hanging". 'Girls Don't Cry' has an expressive fuzzy Synth soundscape. Coupled with the lyrics it's an emotional experience.

The album has yet to arrive through my letterbox, so I couldn't comment on that. But on the evidence of these tracks I'd say the Pet Shop Boys are in a new phase of creativity to rival their very best work.

Pet Shop Boys Website