New Year New Music Part Three – Beach House

Now here’s a biggie. Beach House have been around for a few years now and released some well-received albums, regularly hitting people’s end of year best-of lists, if not achieving mainstream success. They’ve got a new album out on January 26th entitled “Teen Dream”, and it expands their woozy brand of dream-pop still further.

I’ve been lucky enough to hear it and I tell you what, it’s a right grower. First few listens were pleasurable, nothing special, until suddenly you find your brain is full of these narcotic snippets of songs, nagging your synapses and persuading you to have just one more listen. Kind of like Joy Zipper on downers. Or rather, more downers. And less lounging around in bikinis.

Anyhow, enough bikini talk. Lead single “Norway” is a great example of their drowsy loveliness:

I’m very much looking forward to this one. Whilst you’re waiting, make sure you check out “Devotion” too.

MP3: Edit: Walk In The Park is no longer available following a chat with the lovely people at Bella Union. I shall post an alternative track as soon as possible. Sorry ’bout that.

Pre-Order “Teen Dream” (CD)

Buy “Devotion” (CD/MP3)

New Year New Music Part Two – Aerial

Hmm, it’s good to see that my New Years Resolution is going well. Six days into the New Year and I’ve only managed two posts so far. And only one in the series of New Year New Music. I’m blaming the snow. *Sigh*

Right, time to remedy that with a new tune by those chirpy Swedes Aerial, who have a new single out. Entitled “Velvet Light Trap”, it’s not quite as immediate as their last single “All Refrain”, but it’s still a fine bit of indie-pop, sounding again not unlike the late lamented Beulah. And it’s not two minutes too short this time. They’ve got themselves a release date for “Put It This Way In Headlines” (Feb 17th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and even some live dates round Europe:

Feb 20 Offenbach (Germany) – Hafen 2
Feb 23 Vienna (Austria) – Rhiz
Feb 24 Dresden (Germany) – Conni
Feb 25 Berlin (Germany) – Nbi
Feb 27 Ribnitz (Germany) – Ajz

(Those dates have been cut & pasted from an email, so I’m really not sure about those venue names. “Nbi”? “Ajz”? Eh?)

The album’s available on the website to have a listen to, so make sure you listen to it then order yourself a copy. Take that, Bono!

MP3: Velvet Light Trap by Aerial

New Year, New Music (Part One) – They That Cried Wolf

New Year Resolution #1 (the first in a series of one, to be honest. I can’t be bothered with them): Post More, Especially Good Stuff I Get Sent

Some of the best new music I heard last year got emailed to me, so I thought, right, this year I’m going to try and post more of it. I probably won’t write big spiels about them, unless it’s something really, really special (like the marvellous Frightened Rabbit).

First off, it’s a band from that hotbed of musical talent, Yeovil. Well, Polly Jean Harvey’s from there. And my mate Jason went to college there, and we used to go out and get drunk there sometimes. Nice place.


Sorry, got distracted for a second. Right, They That Cried Wolf hail from Yeovil, they’re a bunch of young fellas and their first EP is called “Hunters In The Snow”. What do they sound like, I hear you ask? A charming maelstrom of jangly guitars and fraught tunefulness, is what I reply. My favourite is definitely the title track, which has something of a Mogwai meets Pavement thing going on. And who can say no to that, eh?

If you’re looking for a soundbite, then I’d say that this is exactly the kind of thing that if John Peel played it, you’d stop doing what ever it was you were doing, look at the radio and go “Ooh, I quite like this”, and then try and find a pen and paper so you could write down the name of the band.

“These Kids” is a bit of alright too:

Anyhow, Myspace page is over here, go and check them out.

MP3: Hunters in the Snow (Part One) by They That Cried Wolf

Reasons To Quite Like Willie Nelson

So, my son’s been playing with my iPhone a lot recently. I plug it in today, and notice that he’s been playing one song quite a bit, ten times in the past few days, in fact. And rather appropriately, given the day, it’s Willie Nelson’s version of that old Merle Haggard track, “Reasons To Quit”.

Good, eh? He’s a talented boy, I tell you.

Hope you are all feeling chipper after last night’s partying. I’m feeling hungover, which is bizarre given I only had one drink. How does that work then? Anyhow, best wishes for 2010 and all that. Resolutions? Post more.

Stop laughing at the back.

MP3: Reasons To Quit by Willie Nelson

Buy “One Hell of a Ride” (CD)