Monday, 26 November 2012

New Music Monday #33





For The Wolfman
by Tired Lion

 


Probably my favourite thing the past couple of days has been hitting the play button again and again on the new track ‘For The Wolfman’ from Perth four piece Tired Lion. Beginning softly with the sweet voice of singer Sophie Hopes it only takes a verse to fall in love before the emotionally charged guitar kicks in and the vocal pleads “stay away from me….” There’s such a fresh, almost live sound to the song so with every listen I’m waiting for something different to happen and pleasantly surprised when it ends because it means I can hear it again from the start. The hypnotic guitar riff throughout is mesmerizing and with one song it’s obvious this is a band that know the power of light and dark and understand the pleasure in taking their listeners on a little journey through song. Although there are comparisons to a whole bunch of shoe-gazing 90’s alternative bands, I don’t like to cast a pre-conceived shadow over a band that clearly have their own talent and sound and hopefully have a big future ahead of them. You really should just press play, but be warned, you’ll be pressing it again and again….and again.



Jo Michelmore gives 'For The Wolfman' four Michael Hutchence's out of five...



Deep End
by Future Relative



Brooklyn's Future Relative are one act you can mark as 'keep an eye on' in 2013. If their new track 'Deep End' is anything to go by, they're going to be offering us some of the greatest electronic/pop jams of the year. Borderline industrial and 100% ready for the floor, 'Deep End' is that perfect track to get you in the mood for a good dance and one massive night out. Future Relative bravely distance themselves from dance trends while maintaining a good grasp of what makes a pop tune work. It leaves you jumping around screaming, "I am a lonely hunter," along with vocalist Armand Aviram and, at the end of the day, that's all a great track really needs to do. We'll be keeping a close eye on these guys.



Matt Bond gives 'Deep End' four Shirley Manson's out of five...


NEW MUSIC VIDEOS OF THE WEEK:


Florence: She's just really sad and stuff.


Lover To Lover
by Florence + The Machine

 


Despite my attempts to resist the video for what seems like Florence's seventy-first single from Ceremonials, I just can't. It's Florence + The Machine. It's 'Lover To Lover.' It's beautifully shot and tells a great little story. Just one thing. Why is every indie chanteuse hooking up with an old fella in her video these days?



Matt Bond gives the 'Lover To Lover' video three Karen O's out of five...


Guy: He just really cares and stuff.
 
Get Along
by Guy Sebastian 




Guy Sebastian, it's not that I dislike him, it's just I can't find much to really like. There’s nothing especially offensive about this clip, but there’s absolutely nothing inspiring about it either, which is a problem when it’s obviously supposed to be a political statement; “dear God, dear soul, dear Mary, Mohammed, can we all just get along, can we all just get along?” Well, obviously not, or the world would be a very different place, wouldn’t it? Shots of Sebastian looking pensive interspersed with newsreel footage of people from all corners of the planet; this isn’t new, this isn’t life changing and this isn’t very good. Some musicians seem to be able to tread a fine line between entertainer and preacher/political analyst/commentator, but those that do it well are rare. The rest just seem fake and a little ignorant. I’m sorry Guy, but could you leave your preaching sentiments at home, there are already enough people with ill-informed opinions on this planet. How about you just stick to entertaining teenagers?   



Jo Michelmore gives the 'Get Along' video one Nikki Webster out of five... 

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