Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gravity's Got Me Falling Indefinitely

This post is about two great new eps out there. The number of new releases worth buying just seems to increase constantly, making it difficult to mention everything that deserves your time. These are records I really care about, so please remember to order them after you've read this through. If you hesitate, that should be purely because of my flawed descriptions of them. It's alright, you can buy them anyway without feeling bad about yourself.

So there is a new ep out by Postal Blue, it's true! I was playing "Super-Electric" by Stereolab just before it, and it occurred to me that it sounds closer to that than their now two year old ep Road to Happiness. That was a work of jangle genius and it made perfect sense for them to cover "Josef's Gone" for the June Brides tribute after it. You can also forget about the comparisons to Belle & Sebastian that floated about after their Shelflife album. And actually, the correct pronouns to use now is his and him as the band is now Adriano only. The new songs are full of cleverly programmed drums, oscillating analogue synthesisers and classic songwriting. The best track is "Laughing and Crying" which leads off the ep, and "You Should Keep It to Yourself" you can download from Cloudberry's page. Has the singing lessons paid off? Leave Adriano a note here. He plans to write more songs soon and release them, well, probably not so soon.

I finally met Laz from Bubblegum Lemonade and Strawberry Whiplash last week and he gave me the best present I can think of: the new Matinée ep, cause I was just about to order it. This is exactly the future I could see clearly laid out before me, when I told him he should get a single out almost two years ago. Susan's In the Sky is if possible even better than last year's Ten Years Younger. And I don't know how he's done it! I subconsciously tell myself he couldn't have written these songs himself. But I guess he has, unless Alex Chilton has given him some lost Big Star tunes to go with the cover of "Holocaust". Many people have tried their hands at that composition, but it melts like butter in his. "Surfin' USB" sounds like the Paint Set song that could have followed "Delaware Rain". The new version of "Just Like You" at first seems like a tamer version of a surefire hit, but I'll be damned if I don't think it's cooler when the distorsion fades out at the end. The only conclusion I can draw from all this is that as great as Bubblegum Lemonade was when it seemed like Razorcuts and the Mary Chain reborn, it's even better when it just sounds like Bubblegum Lemonade. This is a hit record with unobvious hits. That will become obvious when you hear it. I won't need to tell him to do a full-length album because it's already been promised by Matinée. I can spot a future classic from months away.

1 comment:

killjoy said...

i love all the cloudberry records stuff :)
and i love this bands too