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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The Chemistry Set, Pennyblackmusic review


Magazine Review
London’s the Chemistry Set were fuelled by the late 1980's Madchester movement and frequently lauded by the late John Peel. Despite a hiatus in 1991, this quartet’s LP ‘Sounds Like Painting’ (recorded in 1989), brought them back to their attentive fan base when it was finally released in 2008.

Their first single, ‘Don’t Turn Away’ soared up the charts in the UK and Spain, and their current single, ‘Impossible Love,’ which is being released on 7 “ vinyl, is a reminder of their trademark richness.

This six-minute, cinematic wonder is like the scientific “butterfly effect” set to sound. They have successfully merged the psychedelic wistfulness of the 1960s with the contemporary electro-magnetism of the present era.

This epic is six-minutes long and has, at its core, a brilliant, yet unpredictable ambience. At the onset, a tender melody rises and soon merges with thrashing drums. Is that a sitar followed by a thundering bhangra of horns? The variety of instruments used is infinite.

The exquisite melancholia is driven forth by the gravitas of the vocals: “You left me lonely /just waiting there / my heart is broken, you didn’t care.”

These heartfelt vocals rise up in petulant pitch. Amid a steamy swirl of paradoxical grounded madness, the atonal backing vocals flood the senses; both mood-enhancing and mind-expanding, ‘Impossible Love’ takes us happily away from the fast-food, traffic-jammed cultures that saturate our every day lives, and immerses us in sonic beauty.

Lisa Torem










Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Space Escapade




Camera Obscura, Helen Love, The School, The Carrots, Fitness Forever, Speedmarket Avenue and more. 44 track Elefant Records compilation!




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Space Escapade

Elefant

Release Date: August 2011




Fabulous 2-CD compilation of the numero uno artists from Spain’s sweetest indie-pop label, Elefant, featuring: HELEN LOVE, SPEEDMARKET AVENUE, CAMERA OBSCURA, THE SCHOOL, NICK GARRIE, GIORGIO TUMA and more


Elefant Records has become something of a by-line when discussing 21st century indie-pop; its output loved from London to New York to Tokyo. It has also built itself up as one of Spain’s most regarded labels, issuing a plentiful amount of Spanish sang space-age bossa pop (Modular, Corazon and Cooper) as well as English speaking acts (Camera Obscura, The School, Trembling Blue Stars, Nick Garrie, The BMX Bandits – British), American (The Carrots), French (Spring) Swedish (Speedmarket Avenue) and Italian (Giorgio Tuma, Fitness Forever).Camera Obscura

Space Escapade
is packaged in the beautiful ’50s/60s styled Jetsons meets Gerald McBoing Boing cartoon
illustrations of Dupo – which really fit the timeless pop
tunes contained within. As an introduction to what Elefant is
about there isn’t a more fitting way to take off than
with these 44 carefully selected tracks.

So what is it that holds all of these acts together? And why should you listen? Fans of “pop music” cannot help but love the Elefant coterie. Pop is the key. There are no shouty vocals to be heard on Space Escapade. There’s next to no
musical showing off or an overbearing sense to impress or be
in your face. This is the sound of “pop music” – the type
heard on daytime radio in the golden days (roughly the mid-60s
through early-90s) when instant melody and catchy tunes
mattered.

Have you ever imagined THE BEATLES out partying with Caetano Veloso, dancing on a terrace to the notes of Joao Gilberto and Burt Bacharach? Well, that’s the sound of Giorgio Tuma. Music born from the sun! His two inclusions on Space Escapade well
and truly set neurone transmitters to smile! And if The Beatles have been mentioned, what about Scot stars Camera Obscura’s melancholic take on ABBA’s smash hit, ‘Super
Trouper’? Swansea’s finest pop-punk trio Helen Love offer two new tracks from their forthcoming Elefant album, with the second ‘I Love Indie Pop’ entirely summing up what this piece of press is trying to say. Swedish indie-rockers
Speedmarket Avenue were lucky enough to gain single of the week on Steve Lamacq’s show with the title track of their second album. ‘Way Better Now’ moves along at a rip roaring pace, recalling none other than early Teenage Fanclub. The School, Papa Topo, The Carrots and Anna & The Spectors all prove in varying ways their adoration of the glory days of Tamla Motown and The Ronnettes whilst Linda Guilala (ex Juniper Moon, another act beloved of Steve Lamacq) and a roll call of other artists look to the synth driven spiky pop of the ’80s. All have one thing in common, they make great hook-filled, memorable, pop music!



A few Spanish names, although less known outside of the Iberian Peninsula, shine like a warm day. Cooper are led by the leader of hit making mod ’90s group Los Flechazos. ‘Hyde Park’ recall an ’80s New Wave band playing Merseybeat, Elsewhere the space-age pop of Argentina’s Modular mixes Free Design-like vocals with Barry Gray’s late ’60s swinging TV themes, Fitness Forever pay tribute to Bacharach, ’60s unsung hero Nick Garrie returns and the dreamy and surreal Single turn in ‘Fotos’, which sounds like Joe Meek producing Sgt Pepper.


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Camera Obscura, The Carrots, Single



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21st Century Schizoid Band DVD review, Total Music


21st Century Schizoid Band



Live In Japan (Gonzo Multimedia)



In these strange days when Pink Floyd cover bands fill arenas and whole holidays revolve around cover bands - the rock festival held at Rhodes being a prime example - a project like the 21st Century Schizoid Band makes perfect sense, especially given that four fifths of the band (Mel Collins, Michael Giles, Peter Giles and Ian McDonald) actually have served in the mighty King Crimson and fifth member Jakko M Jakszyk has an upcoming album, A Scarcity of Miracles, with Robert Fripp and Mel Collins due out in 2011. So impeccable credentials rather than clever copyists, the band further refine this live experience by only performing the seldom heard 1960s and 1970s repertoire of King Crimson, i.e. the more jazzy horn driven stuff, and make no mistake these old buggers can play as a blistering clatter through ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ more than proves. And for once the extras are also well worth a look/listen including interviews with all the band members, footage of recording sessions for the Official Bootleg Vol. 1 album (oh alright, the studio footage is a bit dull), and some bootleg style footage from their debut performance at the Cantebury Fayre and later at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Ray Harper

Ginger Baker Airforce DVD, All About Jazz

Ginger Baker's Airforce Live 1970 DVD

Pubblicato: May 10, 2011
i Maurizio Comandini





Ginger Baker's Airforce
Live 1970
Valutazione: 4 stelle

Questo ottimo DVD presenta uno dei concerti finali del gruppo Airforce del batterista Ginger Baker, ripreso negli studi di Radio Bremen, una delle emittenti europee più lungimiranti che già alla fine degli anni sessanta aveva iniziato a documentare adeguatamente quella musica rock che stava impetuosamente marcando il territorio in quegli anni magici per energia, coraggio e determinazione.

Ginger Baker aveva dato vita al progetto Airforce dopo la fine dell'avventura coi Cream e quella di brevissima durata dei Blind Faith. Per Ginger Airforce era una sorta di salto in avanti verso i ritmi africani, verso le percussioni debordanti e pervasive che marcheranno tanta musica a venire. Un progetto di grande spessore che però finirà abbastanza presto per le solite ragioni.




“... Airforce era una sorta di salto in avanti verso i ritmi africani, verso le percussioni debordanti e pervasive che marcheranno tanta musica a venire”

La formazione originale degli Airforce era composta da undici elementi e comprendeva anche Steve Winwood e Ric Grech che avevano dato vita assieme a Ginger e ad Eric Clapton ai Blind Faith, il supergruppo che a sua volta aveva preso il posto dei Cream. Poi la formazione allargata degli Airforce iniziò a perdere i pezzi per strada, anche per la luciferina personalità di Ginger Baker, uno che da sempre non le manda a dire a nessuno.

In occasione di questo concerto in terra germanica, rispetto ai 'pesi massimi' presenti nella formazione del primo album degli Airforce (registrato dal vivo alla Royal Albert Hall il 15 gennaio del 1970), è rimasto praticamente, oltre a Ginger, il solo Graham Bond, uno degli alfieri della musica rhythm and blues europea venata di rock e di jazz.

Oltre a Baker e a Bond (al sax, alla voce e alle tastiere) il gruppo, in questa configurazione finale, comprende anche Ken Craddock (alla chitarra e alle tastiere), i saxofonisti Steve Gregory e Bud Beadle (unico altro veterano della prima formazione), il bassista Colin Gibson, le voci di Diane Stewart e Aliki Ashman e le percussioni di Speedy Acquaye.

La performance, ottimamente ripresa sia per la parte video che per quella audio, dura oltre cinquanta minuti e presenta all'inizio una lunghissima medley che mette assieme "Early In The Morning" con "Sunshine of Your Love". Si passa successivamente a "12 Gates of the City," "What a Day," "Joking," una reprise di "Sunshine of Your Love" che sfocia nella conclusiva "Tell Me a Story".



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Monday, 9 May 2011

BMX Bandits in Clash

BMX Bandits are set to re-issue their early albums 'C86' and 'Star Wars' on CD for the first time in a decade.


Ah, Glasgow. The masculine identity of the city is deeply entrenched, yet alongside this the area has a dual role as perhaps the cradle of indie pop. From Orange Juice to Camera Obscura the city has birthed countless seminal groups in the genre.


Sadly neglected, BMX Bandits could be set to get their due. Inspired by 60s pop and whimsical indie, the band's initial blast of material was released on 53rd and 3rd - a label run by Stephen McRobbie.



Focussing on their first album, BMX Bandits quickly re-jigged their line up. Singer (and only continuing member) Duglas T Stewart was joined by some indie contemporaries, including Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub.


Debut album 'C86' was a joyous, satirical swipe at the scene which spawned them. The title was an ironic swipe at the infamous cassette, whose tracklisting threatened to push the indie scene into a bottleneck.


The songwriting was a mixture of Byrds style pop and indie, and while BMX Bandits were viewed as twee the band themselves saw their style as being provocative. Rather than a celebration, 'C86' was intended as a threat.


“I saw it as ironic and provocative" explains Stewart. "I'd heard a story that Richard Hell used to walk around New York in the mid-70s wearing a T-shirt with a target on it and the slogan "Please Kill Me". For me our choice of title was like us holding up a target to those who might want to shoot us down.”


For the follow up, BMX Bandits invited another soon to be legendary indie figure on board - Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines. 'Star Wars' deepened the eclecticism of their debut, containing a deep emotional rush.



The version of 'Green Grow The Rushes' is exceptional, while the original material brought comparisons to an indie Brian Wilson.


Due to be re-issued with extensive sleevenotes, this is the first time in a decade that 'C86' / 'Star Wars' have been available on CD. Hopefully allowing the band's influence to be felt, BMX Bandits are still writing and recording and plan to unleash a new album on the world in time for their 25th anniversary.


BMX Bandits are due to release 'C86' / 'Star Wars' in April.