New Year New Music Part Six – Bullets In Madison

The internet is great, isn’t it? Hunting around so good blogs for more information about someone, I stumbled across Count Me Out. I hadn’t visited in a bit, but had always rather liked the site, and seeing that there were some albums he was currently listening to were my kind of thang, as you’d expect, I thought I’d click on one of the records I hadn’t heard of. The link directed me to a free download of the new album (“We Became Your Friends When You Died”) by a band called Bullets In Madison. Ah, sod it, I’ll give it a try, I thought.

Might as well start at the top with “Animals”, I subsequently thought, once it’d downloaded.

And whoo-ee, I’m glad I did. That was on Sunday, it’s now Friday and I must have listened to the album ten times (and it’s been a damned busy week at work). How can I describe it? Well, mystical Americana crossed with motorik Krautrock, haunted by the ghosts of New Order and Television, with a helping of Doves-esque majesty. In short, it’s great. Really great. Funnily enough, I didn’t realise that Brendan, writer of Count Me Out, is actually in the band, which makes the find even better.

I can’t quite believe that we’re 22 days into the new year and I’ve already heard two utterly fantastic records (the other one being by Freelance Whales, of course). What a year this could turn out to be. I shall be reviewing both in the coming days/weeks/months1.

MP3: Animals by Bullets In Madison

1 Because we all know how reliable my timings are. *cough* Pitchfork *cough*.