Recommended Listening: February 2010
- Published: 13 February 2010
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Enjoy this month's collection of eclectic sounds.
Delphic may well set 2010 on fire.
The excitement of this UK band’s debut is palpable.
The electricity of sound mixed with an unmistakeable - yet not off-putting - calm of this album is perfect.
Delphic has such a superb hold on their sound that despite the album having an obvious beginning, middle and end, once you enter the Delphic world all time is lost.
I hate to say it, but Bloc Party and the Klaxons make way for a new champion of indie dance.
Delphic will surely be one to watch, and easily among the top five albums of the new decade.
Angus and Julia Stone
Down the way
For folk singers, turning up the amp can be the difference between happiness and heartbreak.
Angus and Julia Stone have taken quite a chance with their new album, adopting a heavier, bigger band sound.
Their trademark gentle acoustic offering that acted more as a gentle outline to their respective voices has been electrified.
The quiet moment that once sat next to Angus’ and sister Julia’s breaths is now filled with a battle between drums, banjos, blues guitars and forceful piano notes.
No surprises though, the Stones’ evolution of sound continues down the path of in-depth story telling, spine chillingly beautiful melodies, they are becoming famous for.
Down the way is but a new chapter, and thankfully nowhere near their last.
The Black Ryder
Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
The Black Ryder offers quite the rush.
Formed by ex-members of Sydney/Melbourne outfit, The Morning After Girls, the duo kicks up a sound that exudes the grit and dirt of the underground.
Instead of walking a tightrope between indie and the mainstream, The Black Ryder pushes the limits of being on the outer, perfecting ‘loner cool’ with each beat.
The droning sounds of guitars that echo throughout this release, with the delighting light and shade of Aimee Nash’s vocals is simply sensational.
If the Black Ryder is not on your radar, call a technician.
Head of The Hawk
Bluejuice. Jeepers these kids are wacky.
While quite insane in itself, Bluejuice could perhaps be best described as the love child of Jackass and the Bloodhound Gang.
The lyrical wonderment of Bluejuice is never ending, with Broken Leg ‘Walking around on a broken leg/I can’t get you out of my head’ and Facelift ‘I need a facelift/I’m looking older’.
While the band’s music clips seem to end in an unusual trick or bizarre injury.
Despite the craziness, Bluejuice are quite infectious, with more than a hint of eccentric hilarity.
Bluejuice are not only off the wall, they are entertaining.
It’s an obvious connection to make, yet don’t be confused.
While Toy Division is by no means linked to its play on words namesake Joy Division, the energy and level of creativity on this release may act as an influence.
Toy Division offers a sound I would liken to static having a conversation with a fax machine (yeah remember those).
It’s at times messy, blisteringly incoherent with blips and screeching and at times its simply intolerable. Yet I can’t get enough.
Toy Division has managed to invade my brain, with me a willing participant.
Music reviews by Kate Kachor at Eleven Magazine