Posts Tagged ‘Pop’

Screaming Maldini is one hell of a name. Having mooched unwittingly in on their hedonistic 2010 Tramlines set at the Frog and Parrot, I’ve had big expectations for this particular band. Despite this they had fallen off my radar somewhat until their self-titled debut arrived this February, providing a timely punctuation to the monotonous mainstream tosh that continues to excrete itself in my ears.

The multi-instrumental Sheffield sextet have a bustling Harley crowd in full voice on Saturday, who are gathered to celebrate the album launch. The video for Summer Somewhere [below] combines a spine-tinglingly beautiful anthem in the picturesque backdrop of the Peak DistrictGina Walters delivers the powerful Adele-like vocals in her charming Adele-like body form. 

 

“Everyone has to have a favourite scientist” Nick Fox, Maldini’s co-lead vocalist, tells the Harley crowd. “Ours is Carl Sagan”. Mine is Charles Darwin Nick, and your band are a fitting example of indie’s descent with modification in recent years.

Mixing vocal harmonies and with flits of trumpet, Maldini boast a style of indie pop perhaps matched only by Los Campesinos! Decide for yourself.

Also listen to Life in Glorious Stereo and their self-titled debut here on Bandcamp:

Read Screaming Maldini’s feature on The Guardian’s Northerner Blog here.

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Eight days after a Guardian interview belatedly introduced me to the works of iamamiwhoami I still cannot make sense of it all. Thus instead of weaving a non-too-clever story around the facts, I shall merely go forth and present them in list format:

1) iamamiwhoami is a multimedia entity/audiovisual/viral marketing project

2) iamamiwhoami is a Swedish-born concept fronted by Jonna Lee

3) iamamiwhoami debuted on YouTube in December 2009

4) iamamiwhoami videos predominantly feature Lee prancing around in snow-white skimpies, oddly-behaving yeti creatures and an even more baffling range of imagery and symbols

5) iamamiwhoami is addictive

Out of these five nuggets of information, the second was the last to come to light. Not until iamamiwhoami’s twelfth video ‘t‘ was singer-songwriter Lee unmasked from sellotape & black make-up (amongst other things) and crowned as the face of the project. Up to that point fans had been agonisingly drip-fed video releases on a fortnightly basis beginning with the mysteriously encoded first sequence Prelude 699130082.451322-5.4.21.3.1.20.9.15.14.1.12.

Prelude proved something of a phenomenon, arousing wild speculation and amassing as of today, knocking-on 350,000 views. Was Gaga behind the strange 55-second clip that featured human limbs protruding from trees? Or could it be Aguilera, Little Boots even?

Following on its heels was 9.1.13.669321018, appearing to show a tree exuding semen. In total, the first six clips followed a similar theme with their numerically-encrypted titles and each containing an animal symbol ranging from owls to llamas. Very clever teasers.

The next six video titles combined to spell “b-o-u-n-t-y”. Finally, nine videos have been released in the last six months that could signal iamamiwhoami’s evolution into a (slightly) more conventional artist. My favourite however, Clump, is excluded. No prizes for guessing what the subtleties in this video signify.

 

Quit with the history and describe the music itself I hear you cry! Well… in all honestly, it’s insignificant, forgettable, wishy-washy, amniotic electronic waves if you like. One thing that does need to be grasped is that iamamiwhoami music plays second fiddle, the visuals are what makes it all a little special.

Two hours on from when I started writing this article and I’m more confused than ever. So, to avoid the onset of madness, migraine and other maladies I shall leave you to make your own mind up on iamamiwhoami. The debut album kin will be released on 3rd September on Co-operative Music, an independent label – big up! Save your money though, you’re better off watching the YouTube videos. ABsorbing!

Dubbed “Next Big Thing” by Leicester Sound, an accolade shared with acts like Joel Owen & The Antoine Band, The Lonesome Party Heroes have a lot to live up to.

Made up of founders Glenn Mansell [vocals] & Ian Hollis [bass], alongside David Williams [lead], Phil Windess [keys] and Tom Croft [drums], the promising Leicester quintet are NOT to be confused with Texan folk duo Lonesome Heroes.

Fortunately, their 2nd full-length instalment Point to Prove is simply rather damned good. Minimalistic yet effective album artwork provides, in a nutshell, a sweet analogy to the contents.

Point To Prove – Lonesome Party Heroes. Point well made.

Butterfly sticks like glue to your mental playlist [warm this chilly season, enlight the darkest nights/oh your love surrounds me, come and scream it out]. Always also portrays the panoramic Feeder feel, laced with more spellbinding lyrics.

Emotive words and melancholic chimes are littered throughout In My Dream Tonight, which warms your heart like Gaviscon. “I surrender” expresses Mansell whose metaphorical white flag is waved aloft, more convincingly than Dido’s ever was.

Espionage is the theme of Turn on the Light – a stirring number that borrows from and revs up the throbbing Mission Impossible soundtrack riff. Mansell impersonates Ethan Hunt equally well, [hold out your hands and forget all your plans for redemption kick off your shoes you’ve got nothing to lose but the future, hold your nerve unsteady compromise, turn to the light until to you realise, that when one flies alone you might as well fall].

Throughout, Mansell is a fusion of Simon Neil and Gary Lightbody’s reassuring smoothness minus the Irish lilt.

Short. Sweet. Serenade. Fifty-second snippet Shoes is a triple S for description. [I wore your shoes, they were a size too big and far too heavy, they made me sore, but they made me fly]. Lost and Lonely is another cracker laced with resounding lo-fi experimentation and synth swerve.

Encouraging progress from The Lonesome Party Heroes. Point to Prove? Point well made.

Buy Point to Prove here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Point-to-Prove/dp/B006HBO0L6

Thanks to The Monograph for publishing this review.

More smart indie pop from the Leicester lads. New single Pocket Rocket has them knocking on the door. What have the Witches predicted for their future?

 

Cute indie pop [or Afrobeat/Rock ‘n’ Roll if you will believe Wikipedia] from The Kabeedies. The Norwich quartet are playing tonight, almost imminently, at The Soundhouse, Southampton Street in Leicester… and I cannot attend, boohoo 😦

Here are three of their video entries to compensate and console myself.

Number one = hot single Little Brains. Encapsulated in two words: Johnny Foreigner. Or perhaps Kate Nash with a Vampire Weekend backing band? Lively and bouncy nevertheless!

 

Secondly, Come On – merely a B-side to first single Lovers Ought To – featured in an X-box ad, hence the [perpetually unwelcome] advertisement I presume! 

Thirdly, Apple. How fun does this next clip look? The date: Saturday 22 May 2010. The venue: Munich‘s free admission Theatron Pfingst (Pentecost/Whitsun) musical festival. Festival spirit. Such a fruity indie anthem is Apple, the crowd is [literally in cases] swept off their feet. Just LOOK at the bewildering array of swinging, swaying, grinding, jigging, skipping, twirling, skanking and thrashing. Beautiful.

Huge thanks to hugorilla79 (whoever the hell you are) for uploading this wonderful piece of footage. My faith in humanity is restored. 

 

Now to issue a formal apology. Sorry Kabeedies for my impending absence ce soir. Je sais que c’est impardonnable.