Archive for November 10th, 2006

November 10, 2006

YELLOWBELLY – Blood Tainted Love (7″ Single)

Pink Box Records PINK007: 6th November 2006
1. Blood Tainted Love
“Don’t fool around with my religion, I’ve got a loaded gun and I ain’t kiddin’, I’m gonna put a stop to all this killin’, I’m gonna set the world on fire”
2. Guess Who’s Loving You?
“It’s three in the morning, your every word swims round my head, it should’ve signalled a warning, but I just saw green lights instead”

‘Blood Tainted Love’ is a haunting step inside the mind of the fanatics that range against each other in the war on terror. The lyrics are some of the best I’ve ever heard and Gaz Birtles’ voice is infused with graceful power. The words are frightening but the music is a soothing mix of Electro-Pop and Country. The whole thing shimmers with an epic beauty and no more so than on the slide Guitar parts. ‘Blood Tainted Love’ is probably going to be a contender for single of the year.

‘Guess Who’s Loving You’ is like a great-lost Housemartins track or one of David Byrne’s popier moments. The incredible backing vocals sound like Harmonicas and a Sax solo this unashamedly huge hasn’t been heard since George Michael or Hall & Oates.

I’m reading that this isn’t Gaz Birtles’ first release, he’s had numerous records out in the eighties under the name The Swinging Laurels. On the strength of this, I’m definitely going to have to check them out. I await whatever Yellowbelly do next with barely contained excitement.

If click here you can buy a 4-track download version of the single from Tune Tribe for a mere £3.30 (Recommended, the two bonus tracks are fantastic).

Yellowbelly MySpace Page / The Swinging Laurels MySpace Page / Pink Box Records

November 10, 2006

THOM YORKE – Analyse (12″ Single)

XL Recordings XLT252: 6th November 2006
1. Analyse
“By candles in the city, you never looked so pretty, by powercuts and blackouts, sleeping like babies”
2. A Rat’s Nest
“Clicks on the phone, I cannot help you, caught by own words, caught in a rat’s nest”
3. ILuvYa

‘Analyse’ is the second single to be lifted from Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’ album and this time it’s a 12″ only release.  As usual it sounds like Beethoven’s brain has been dug up and wired to a computer.  Thom’s voice is ear piercingly intense, the Piano is mesmerising and a gorgeous wave of synths wash over you at the end.  ‘A Rat’s Nest’ is a mix of backward Pianos and menacing Bass beats.  ‘ILuvYa’ sounds not unlike Bill Bailey’s piss-take of Jean-Michel Jarre.  ‘Analyse’ is brilliant but the B-sides don’t really match up in my opinion.

There is a new import compilation that collects together all the B-sides from this single and the last, called ‘Spitting Feathers’.  You can order it from HMV by clicking here, but it’s a pricey £14.99 for 5 tracks.

Click here to buy a digital copy of the 12″ from 7Digital for £1.77.

Click here to watch Thom’s performance of ‘Analyse’ at the Mercury awards on YouTube (If looks could kill…).

Thom Yorke Website / Thom Yorke Lyrics Blog

November 10, 2006

THE VIKING MOSES – Werewolves In The City (7″ Single)

Poptones MC5123S: 6th November 2006
1. Werewolves In The City
“Fuck the riverside PD with their helicopter shining light beam, cos I’m a biker, but not like Harley Davidson, but like the Spandex and the gloves on, sexy in the light oh”
2. Threshold Of Man
“I bow down to the mercy of your hand, cos there’s tones of shit I’ll never understand, standing at the threshold of man”

I saw The Viking Moses in October and I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t just the haunting lo-fi Folk I was expecting. Brendon Massei was a spitting, shouting Rock ‘n Roll animal. Apparently he lives a nomadic life and has been on tour constantly for a decade. He lists all of his numerous recording sessions on his Website and many are still to be released (This year’s ‘Crosses’ album was actually recorded in 2002). I love the idea of an artist recording when he feels like it or when the opportunity arises and releasing it being a secondary consideration.

‘Werewolves In The City’ is a fearful story of watching Police helicopters circling above seemingly oblivious to the horrors happening below. Brendon’s croaky voice is backed by an emotional Synth and basic Hip-Hop beats. Towards the end, the anguished tone of his voice becomes truly terrifying and he screams about finding severed kid’s heads.

Judging by the songs I’ve heard, ‘Threshold Of Man’ is a more typical example of The Viking Moses’ sound. According to the liner notes it was recorded in a London cellar where he’s currently staying. An acoustic Guitar is backed by half-heard ghostly noises with Brendon’s heavenly voice gliding over it all.

You can buy a digital version of the single from 7Digital by clicking here.

Visit his Poptones site by clicking here and you can get Podcasts, mp3s, videos and lots of articles.

Here are five Viking Moses’ tracks to wet your appetite, if you like them visit his Website, HMV, Amazon, Rough Trade, Piccadilly etc to buy a couple of records.

Crosses mp3
I Will Always Love You mp3 (His heartbreaking Dolly Parton cover)
Little Emma’s Smile mp3
Sandstorms (Demo) mp3
Surrounding Skin mp3

The Viking Moses Website / The Viking Moses MySpace Page