I confused... Myself... With Somebody Else...
Charlotte Hatherley is the Guitarist for Ash, a band Cameron Garage Dream turned me on to, (and who he blogged during his guest stint here a few weeks back). Well, now she's got a solo album coming out soon, and unlike most band member solo side projects, this one doesn't seem to be getting swept under the rug, but rather has a fair amount of hype.
Charlotte Hatherley - Paragon Saccharine, driving, catchy as get out, this is Pop music with a capital P. While her first single, Kim Wilde (Currently making it's way up the charts and MTV in the UK I'm told, and availiable in MP3 for free from her great, flash free website), drives it's strength from space, giving all the instrumentation and vocals room to breathe, produced into a sense of layered seperation Spector style, Paragon compresses everything down into a solid compact mass, all bounce and energy and fun.
Charlotte Hatherley - Summer If there's a hit waiting to happen on this album, it's this song. From it's infectious chorus, upbeat pianos, and of course, the handclaps, always with the handclaps, which, like Cowbell make everything better. (bighuge WMV link that). Seeing as Brian Wilson doesn't like summer, this will have to be my playlist for the season. I'll save Smile for when it's released. In the Fall.
Not sure where you can buy this one yet, but I'm sure it'll show up on the official site linked above as soon as you can. No word on a stateside release to my knowledge.
Also, I'm gonna take a cue from Sean over at STG, and let you folks know my reserves are running a bit down (summer lull across the board?). So, feel free to Send me music! I'm always looking for great stuff, be it your band, your label, or just some random track you heard on that local college radio station that always seems to be a step ahead and needs the TTIKTDALove. If it's good, i'll probably post it, eventually.