Archive for December 9th, 2006

December 9, 2006

MATCHSTICKS – Duvet (CD & 7″ Single)

One Records OR013 / OR014: 27th November 2006
1. Duvet (Original / Robot Forest Dub)
“A loose, excuse, with nothing to lose, that’s why I’m taking the easy way out”
2. Dijon
“I was once lost, now I am found, you’ve got allot to answer for”

‘Duvet’ is like a glorious lost classic from the golden age of Electro-Pop. The vocals sound like David Byrne, there’s fizzing Synthesisers, Art-Rock Guitars and a delirious mix of almost every other trick in the Pop book. It’s at least eight different songs cunningly welded together and Matchsticks have packed as much Pop into 2.43 as is humanly possible. With the addictive shouts of “What da ya want?” now burnt into my brain, it seems like this would be at number one for a minimum of nine weeks in a sane world.

The ‘Robot Forest Dub’ does exactly what it says on the tin (Except for the forest bit obviously). ‘Dijon’ is nowhere near as good but it sounds like an old demo to my ears so I’m still expecting big things from Matchsticks’ next single.

You can buy this record or the older releases (Under the less snappy ‘Flying Matchstick Men’ title) by clicking here.

Matchsticks MySpace Page / One Records Website

December 9, 2006

PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL – You Are The Space Invader (7″ Single)

DFA DFAEMI2161: 27th November 2006
1. You Are The Space Invader
“There’s a baby boy and a baby girl, CCTV’s stolen their souls”
2. Eat, Sleep
“There are monsters in the deep”

‘You Are The Space Invader’ is a minimal Art-Blues song with twitching Guitars, sinister Bass and abrupt Drums. It’s all about atmosphere and how it relates to the paranoid lyrics. The bizarre shout of “You know white bread gives you cancer!” is definitely a highlight. The music on ‘Eat, Sleep’ is a little sweeter but the lyrics are just as demented. They’re basically about the monsters being out to get you.

Click here to buy the single from 7Digital.

Prinzhorn Dance School Website

December 9, 2006

THE POPPYCOCKS – Lovebirds (CD Single)

Drift DFT005: 27th November 2006
1. Lovebirds (Original / Instrumental)
“Can’t you hear them calling, I will wait for you, they’re sitting in the corner, table laid for two”
2. Tender Hooks
“I really do love the ocean, though not the strongest of swimmers”

‘Lovebirds’ is a single for fans of Absentee and particularly Dan Michaelson’s voice (But there’s a hint of Neil Hannon in there too).  It’s about overhearing two lovebirds and there’s a Xylophone solo, which always ticks my box.  The instrumental version looses the vocal but replaces it with a devastatingly beautiful Brass sound.  As good as the vocals are on the original I’m absolutely in love with the instrumental.  ‘Tenderhooks’ is another great song with a catchy Bass line.  The Poppycocks are a band I’m looking forward to hearing more from (They’re currently planning an LP!).

Click here to buy the single from 7Digital for £1.77.

The Poppycocks MySpace Page / Drift Records Website

December 9, 2006

I WAS A CUB SCOUT – Pink Squares (CD Single)

XL Recordings AXL251CD: 27th November 2006
1. Pink Squares
“And yes I know I’m wrong, but there’s two sides to every story, baby we’re not the same and we’ll never feel the same”
2. Teenage Skin
“I’m leaving here tonight, but I’m keeping my head high”

‘Pink Squares’ is a rich slice of Elecro-Pop with a deep pulsating Bass line.  The passionate vocal brings to mind Delays.  The Drums go berserk towards the end underlining the pain in the lyrics.  ‘Teenage Skin’ is more of the same but without the same spark that fires the A-side.  But once again, William Bowerman’s Drumming is incredible.

Click here to buy the single from 7Digital as wmas, aacs or mp3s.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Pink Squares’ on YouTube.

I Was A Cub Scout Website / I Was A Cub Scout MySpace Page