It'll be so Long Until it's June.
The Fiery Furnaces - Sing For Me - Matt Friedberger needs to sing more. The Fiery Furnaces, as has been announced, are releasing a compilation of their singles and B-sides to date, on Rough Trade Records, next month. You've already heard a few of these probably ("Single Again," "Evergreen", the alternate, rollicking single mix of "Tropical Ice-Land") Others have never been released in the states, or never on CD. This is the result of The Furnaces style - one that, at least on album, doesn't lend itself to singles. Which lets them go and record lots of singles and non-album tracks, that, note for note, minute for minute, song for song, easily outdo most of their album brethren, packing tons of punch into simple structures, with less of the short attention span for which the Friedbergers are infamous. Instead we have songs like "Sing for Me". A gorgeous lullaby of a song, built on a jangly little guitar riff and an instantly familiar blues piano that only diverts into wierd synths in the songs final moment. But really, what the song focuses on is Matt. And more to the point, his singing, which is really absolutely stunning. I can't recall him ever flexing his vocal chops on a song like this on album. He should. It probably won't happen on the next album (it being mostly duets between Eleanor and the siblings grandmother), but perhaps on album # 4 (which is also underway! Talk about productive!).
The Fiery Furnaces - Here Comes Summer - EP(not so aptly named at 10 tracks and 42 minutes), has another truly standout track though, in "Here Comes the Summer," a track that didn't see the light of day to wierd UK single rules. Eleanors vocals here are more forceful than usual, conveying the nostalgia and childishness for which she has gained a reputation, but taking on a demanding edge - as if the child is bitter at the return of school and cold and rules. The other thing thats notable here is the guitar - Blueberry Boat featured this washed out, distorted guitar on occasion, but it's really been allowed to mature on the singles recorded since that album, and "Here Comes the Summer" is the showcase. Synths and wierdness abound, and if you have "Single Again" and "Evergreen" you can queue this up in between them for a nice little effect. Oh, and I should probably voice the fact that I concur with Matt Perpetua, Rough Trade really needs to figure out how to market this stuff to the kid&parent market. (He's also Reposted Christmas Rhapsody, a track I remember grabbing last year from him and which is utterly awesome. Get that too.)
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The Kleptones - Jazz - A hip-hop sample from a group I'd never heard of going by the moniker of "Task Force" over Queens original "More of That Jazz" with some vocals from the ubiquitous "We Will Rock You" results in some killer guitar driven hiphop with a male vocal hook from the master of the falsetto.
Unfortunately, I can't find a buy link for the Taskforce track, it's entitled "Tears on My Pillowcase" If someone would oblige, I would love you for it.
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