Music Singles Reviews: Disorder Magazine

A selection of music releases reviewed

Lulu and the Lampshades
‘Cold Water’ (Moshi Moshi)

Cold Water is experimental, kitsch and cute to its very core. The jaunty folk-pop act from Bristol, with Luisa’s distinctive and quirky vocals, is the misfit retro grrl’s antidote to Lily Allen overload, instead it’s one for any fans of Joanna Newsom.The cheeky ukulele chirps along with foot-skipping calypso rhythms and there’s a dream world of harmonies, like a spiritually calmer Bat for Lashes. If this band’s stoic cheerfulness was a picnic it would be in a field of daffodils interrupted by a few menacing little insects crawling after the banana sandwiches. The picnickers would just give them a disapproving shake of the finger and carry on with their jovialities.

Young the Giant
‘Apartment’ (Young and Lost)

California’s indie rock band ‘Young the Giant’ sound like they want to hasten our move from static winter to the hazy, changeable days of spring. ‘Apartment’ has shades of The Strokes and The Hours intense melancholic contemplation and a compelling similarity to The Killer’s epic sound. It’s claimed that the band members’ mixed heritage of Indian, Persian, British and French-Canadian has created a diverse sound but I beg to differ that this song is, in fact, the result of a generic, although quality, band because ‘Apartment’ is the sound of playing safe. Sameer Gadhia’s vocals are decent enough, think Paul Banks of Interpol minus the strange intensity. The tune could be a soundtrack to an open-top car cruise along the dusty roads of Cali, clearing one’s head and reaching a feeling of internal freedom; or that’s the cliché they’d have you believe.

Dinosaur Pile-Up
‘My Rock n Roll’ (Friends vs Records)

A throwback grunge song that would rival tunes from Beck and the Super Furry Animals, it’s uncanny how much front man Matt Bigland sounds like Beck, but with the music sped up to throbbing punk noise- rock. There’s an enormous sense of fun in this tune’s scratchy racket and a showdown that should become a staple part of every self-respecting indie club night. A corny but excitable moment is the simple build-up from the repetition of the words ‘rock n roll’ before a clashing explosion of head banging guitar mania, tempting even your most neurotic indie kid to jump about in his plimsolls. The impact is in the alternation between quiet and loud, smooth and punchy, taking notes from the likes of the Undertones or The Clash but with a twist of preppy kid sarcasm that’s seductive in its catchiness.

‘The Visitor’ (House Anxiety Records w/Roundtable Music)

If ‘The Visitor’ was a decoration it would be an old, dusty mirror reflecting back Depeche Mode. The same laconic vocals as Dave Gahan, the dark and creeping synths and gothic atmosphere pulsating with layers of soft drum machines. But it’s one heck of a dusty, lying in the loft kind of looking- glass. The intro features a similar breathing inflection to that of Mode’s Personal Jesus in the notoriously delightful chorus. Unfortunately that’s where the sexiness ends and the drowsy, cult droning begins, muttering about some visitor.The bonus track, ‘Wild Nights’ has an uplifting minimal techno beat and the duet vocal arrangements are an unusual touch to electronic genre, but as of yet, the tunes haven’t evolved into something with mental rocket power like the upbeat Chromeo, the striking weirdness of Fever Ray or the lush programming of Trentemoller, instead it’s like an a slow Ultravox on a downer.

‘Catcher in the Rye’ (Nettwerk)

This is an average danceable ditty that sounds like electro-club’s version of an old man’s pub anthem ‘Roll out the Barrel’. ‘Catcher in the Rye’ is mildly catchy when listened to sober, and has corny, well-rhymed lyrics. The singer, Fredrik Saroea, drawls, ‘I don’t want to be a hero I wouldn’t care to wear a halo, don’t even wanna be a Catcher in the Rye.’ Whether it’s a statement or not, this is the type of tune where you take a breather from dancing and swig some more drink. The twist to this anti-climax is that the cunning Datarock duo have provided for those who think this tune is pants. The single will be released on an innovative USB flash drive, featuring a whopping 105 bonus tracks (huge album), 1500 photos, 20 music videos and a toy, which looks like a plastic diamond with face, arms and legs. Indeed extravagant, generous to the fans and totally random.

‘I’m Broke You’re Bored’ (BMG Records/Manta Ray Music)

It’s tough being a bloke sometimes. If you’re the penniless, tortured species of artist who suffers for your soul-searching graft it’s the dogs when it comes to love. Creativity in a guy can be an aphrodisiac if a gal gets rock n roll wined and dined, but if all that’s on offer is a can of cold baked beans and a dessert of ego to munch on, it’s not much cop.‘I’m Broke…’ is a loudly sobbing ode to a struggling artist’s relationship turning sour because, well, she’s bored. Yey for the immortal slating of a girl because she’s turned off a guy’s skint little tush. I hope that cow’s listening to this.It’s actually a well-crafted song, tingling keyboards, crashing guitars, throbbing drums and a cheekily upbeat chorus in-between contemplative verses of melancholic words about the crumbling ruins of their withered love. The song is based on a true story of one of Costello’s past loves and the angst-ridden Croydon band sounds like a mixture of the Libertines and The Vines, like they’re on a vengeance mission for a broken heart.

Ex Lovers
‘Blowing Kisses’ (Young and Lost)

Ex Lover’s ‘Blowing Kisses’ is a luscious, shoe-gaze pop song that is over too soon, so stick it on repeat, the tune’s grungey riffs and stirring harmonies need to go on much longer. It’s reminiscent of the Dandy Warhols in their dreamy early years, The Cure, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine and the Raveonettes. Romantic, solemn, the kind of song that sends shivers up your spine when remembering painful human encounters in mundane, everyday scenes. It’s a song with dark undertones, conjuring imagery of deceit, loneliness and disappointment contrasting with the guitars’ euphoric surge of energy.

Words: Jameela Oberman

Originally published in Disorder Magazine

2 Responses to “Music Singles Reviews: Disorder Magazine”
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