Category: The fresh list – New Music

SUPERHUMANOIDS! Pow, pow! With a name as good as this you have to make sure that you have the music to match. If you can't walk the walk then don't talk the talk.  There is plenty of synth and dramatic sounds on show here and they certainly have something about them, a confident, 80's swagger you could say. Their most prominent song to date is Geri which is a tune that makes you want to listen to it again and again. This unofficial video also fits perfectly. Anyone else think Jane Birkin looks a little bit like Megan from Mad Men in this video? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml4wSOokq5w&w=560&h=315] There are a couple of free downloads ahead of their upcoming album on their website including an exceptionally different take on the Ramones "I wanna be sedated" which tears the tune away from its punk aggression and almost turns it into a Bats for Lashes-esque love song. Listening to "I wanna be sedated" as a come-down song before bed would usually result in nightmares of the pet cemetery variety, but this version turns all fears of anything indian burial ground based into big-eyed puppy dog nonsense. Head over to their site to check out the tunes. http://superhumanoids.com/
The Crimea are back! The band have long been fighting against the odds to keep on producing and releasing music in this cut throat day and age of mainstream money-making and they have returned with the album Square Moon and the EP Last plane out of Saigon. With their EP Last plane out of Saigon they give us a little taste of what to expect on their 22, yes, 22 track double album! It is a very mellow affair while still possessing a gritty aggressiveness which is both epic and tragic at the same time. Something which which have come to expect from the Crimea. The EP is available to download on their website here and even comes with a very lovely little thank you message and news of their upcoming gig on the 17th of May. Download, enjoy, spread the word and buy the album, preferably on vinyl. Here is a link to possibly my favorite Crimea tune. If you don't know this band, then give them a decent listen, it will do your ears good. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFWK7zvYv2c&w=420&h=315] The 2007 released album "secrets of the witching hour" which this track is taken from is also available to download for free on their website here, It has been available to download since a time when, in their own words, "Thom Yorke was still going 'Mp..what?'. I like that, very good. .A.
The Daydream Club: Neon Love Song (Part II) It doesn't happen too often, but sometimes you know from the very first second that you are going to like a song. This is exactly the case with The Daydream Club's Neon Love Song (Part II) This hypnotizing haunting song grabs a nerve in the back of your spine and doesn’t let go until the final chord. Accompanied with a wonderfully simple but at the same time powerful video the new interpretation of Neon Love Song is beautifully produced piece of music. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY92bhhkubk&w=560&h=315] The song has been re-worked for the new Burberry eyewear collection and is another example of how companies and bands can work together to create something which benefits both parties. While normally known for their minimal acoustic workings on their debut album 'Overgrown', there are a number of remixes floating about on the Internet as well. You can get a free download of the Night Remix EP by going to their website here: http://thedaydreamclub.bandcamp.com/album/the-night-remix-ep The Leicester-based band (just round the corner from my home town Coventry) look to have a very bright future ahead of them if there current work is anything to go by and let’s hope they continue to get the publicity they deserve. Here is another great video for On the Move (Part II). A great idea to record the video in reverse and not an easy thing to do as I know from experience! A friend of mine produced a similar video, recording the whole thing in one take with everyone moving in reverse. Excellent job! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRtM_TP2umI&w=560&h=315] P.S Loving the lamp shade in the background. .A.

The Artic Monkeys are back with another exceptional tune and a great video to boot for their new song R U Mine?

Alex Turner and Matt Helders steal the spotlight in a riff-intensive and drum-heavy 3 minutes and 44 seconds of musical heaven. They “air jam” their way through the song while being filmed in a voyeur sex tape fashion, giving them enough exposure to show off their teddy boy coiffures and Alex’s new Sheffield United tat.

If this and the last song with Richard Hawley give us any indication of the direction the band intend to take in the future, then the future seems very bright indeed. A.