It isn't just the lyrics, it's the BEAT!
The Fatales - Ministry of Defense - If there's a dominant mode in current indie rock, I'd have to say it's probably tension. Interpol was the first band to realize that the vein was running through everything that was going on, stick the needle in, and tap that shit, but since then, bands as diverse as the Arcade Fire, !!!, and Panthers seem to have picked up on it and run with it. Add the Fatales to that list. I was sent Pretty In Pixels, the fatales debut EP, by their manager, who also does some occasional blogging as part of the crew over at Verbose Coma. "Ministry of Defense" is a rocking number, reminiscent of Interpols recent direction in it's singalong chorus, Joy Division-esque vocals, and edges filled out with flashes of xylophone and cello, adding a trace melodicism, and hints of a shoegazer aesthetic to the whole affair.
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Emiliana Torrini - Nothing Brings Me Down - It seems like everyone is in love with Joanna Newsome these dayse. There's clearly a reason for it. The woman has one hell of a voice, and the songs she writes are breathtakingly gorgeous. But personally, I was more struck by a recent discovery of mine, Emiliana Torrini. She operates in similar territory to Newsome, but where Newsome gets choked up, and is hushed, Torrini isn't afraid to let her voice soar over gently picked guitar chords. Truly beautiful folk pop.
[The Fishermans Woman EP is very expensive from Amazon.com but you can Buy Love in The Time of Science from Insound much more affordably.]
The Kleptones - Live - Propulsive, rocking, powerful. Evocative of everything that makes rock and roll exhillirating, and dangerous. A Killer single. Samples from Queen, and Afrika Bambaataa.
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