electrical language no 105
electrical language no 104
electrical language no 103
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White Swan Black Swan - Out Of Control
Together, White Swan Black Swan are Sonya Waters and Ben Howe formerly of Fang, Ricky McShane from The Chainsaw Masochist and Ben Furnace from Surrealistic. White Swan is the songs of Sonya Waters and Black Swan are the songs of Ben Howe; different songs and a different sound - but the people making them are the same.
Combined, White Swan Black Swan have veered left of their indie-rock roots to explore different territories. The music is littered with acoustic pianos, cool Fender Rhodes tones, outmoded synthesizers drones , chiming hollow body guitars and spaced out old sound effects. McShane's drums give the music a swing into 60's cool jazz or a lurch into a European funereal march. Imagine these songs in a Lynch or Fellini soundtrack, a mix of south-of-the-border country combined with psychedelic folk.
Buy White Swan Black Swan at Arch Hill Recordings.
Tragic Shell Suit Disaster - Click Of Her Fingers
Tragic Shell Suit Disaster is Dave Kenny, an Englishman living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am sure that you know that TSSD wrote and performed the title music for the podcast. This is what he said in a comment on podcast no 39, about his album Dancing With The Muse from which Click Of Her Fingers is taken:
The second album 'Dancing with the Muse' is all about girls, whether they be observations made on the girl who works across the road from me (paper box) a lesbian friend (aint so blue) or someone i cant get out of my head shes so sexy (click of her fingers). Its a much much clearer album, reflecting my state of mind, much easier listening and guitarwise much more competent.The Old-Fashioned Way - Robot On Fire
Gritty Leonard Cohen-esque vocals, a swarm of multi-talented musicians and a dazzling array of weird instruments erupt from the stage when the seven members of The Old-Fashioned Way strike their first note. Having been compared to both The Arcade Fire and Architecture in Helsinki, this SF-based indie rock outfit shifts easily between layered synth-pop and melancholic, guitar-driven dance rock.
The Moon Whispers - Never Give Up and the Moon Whispers
Many Thanks to listener Scott Irwin who recommended the music of New Zealander Elisa di Napoli and her band The Moon Whispers. In fact Never Give Up is a collaboration under the name Existence with fellow New Zealander Bruce Jamieson.
Blending together melodic guitar, powerful drums, atmospheric flute and cello and hypnotic emotionally charged vocals, The Moon Whispers is a strong original band with lyrical depth. Their set is dynamic, ranging from mellow ballads to heavier energetic rock with a dark edge. Offering a visually stimulating performance with elaborate costumes The Moon Whispers music is best described as melancholic inspiring and beautiful.
Buy The Moon Whispers at Powertool Records.
This week's soundbed music is Landlocked by Human Response. The title music is by Tragic Shell Suit Disaster.
electrical language no 102
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Glassacre - September 16th
September 16th sees Glassacre at the height of their craft. The track is a tightly woven, intimately crafted piece of textured pop. Guitars coated in dark honey play against rolling drums as Chris Masons haunting vocals ring out across an altered twilight.As the song rallies to a kind of defeated triumph with the repeated vocal line This is your stop, everything shifts and the track takes a sharp 90 degree turn into a dark corridor.
Buy Glassacre at Hidden Shoal Recordings.
Farewell Redemption - Get By
Farewell Redemption is guitarist/composer Jordan Pier and lyricist/vocalist Cristina Negron. Their music encompasses embracing lyrics, passionately delivered by a powerful voice, melodic, dramatic, and intricately performed acoustic guitars, electric guitars and keyboards. Driving, rock drumbeats set an exciting pace and a moving groove.Buy their music on:
or at CDbaby
Jupiter One - Countdown
Named after the failed starship in the geeky 60s TV cult fave Lost In Space, Jupiter One was formed in 2003 by singer/guitarist K Ishibashi, keyboardists Zac Colwell and Mocha, bassist Ben Wright, and drummer Dave Heilman. The New York-based five-piece produce an electrifying, invigorating sound that recall the pogo-party frenzy of the late 70s-early 80s underground club scene but with a contemporary guitar punch that has drawn comparisons to the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and Bloc Party.
Buy their album Jupiter One direct from the band via their website
Blood Red Sun - All At Once and So It Goes
Blood Red Sun has been called a thinking mans band - one that revels in confronting listeners with real issues and dismisses songs that do not inspire feelings in their fans.
Musically, the bands we are drawn to, like the Clash and early-U2, have portrayed how societies choices effect the individual. There is a sincerity that is embedded in the foundation of certain music that wont allow a listener to disregard its message. Once you know this, how can you ever make anything less than honest?Buy the album A Nation of saviors:
You have one week left to enter the competion to win one of 3 copies of the Neon Riot ep by The Neon Company. Just send an e-mail and tell me what is making this buzz: listen. You can hear it as part of the song Falling Skies And Stars On Fire on podcast 100 part 2. In today's podcast I gave a clue, so you will have to listen!
This week's soundbed music is Best Kept Secrets by Nick and Gerald. The title music is by Tragic Shell Suit Disaster.
electrical language no 101
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Bury The Sound - Gemini Unbound
I really do not know why Blogger will not let me post a link, so trying again: Bury The Sound.
Instrumental rock from this four-piece from Melbourne, Australia. Buy Bury The Sound's excellent ep Autumn Magnets from Hidden Shoal Recordings.
Mobius Band - Hallie
Mobius Band creates songs that seem, at first, like something you’d hear on the radio, but they insinuate themselves in the manner of something more complex. They are circuit bent pop songs.
Slowmotion Club - Parliament Square and The Gun In God's Hand
Introduced by songwriter Anders
"Sometimes the stars align and a band that is little known, even within Sweden, comes up with a breakout song that should get them international recognition. I think The Gun In Gods Hand from their new ep Tiny Dots could be just that song for Slow Motion Club. The song is morbid and beautiful. And despite being a song ostensibly about death it is surprisingly poppy." swedesplease.net
Monocle - Wave Goodbye
Monocle is a band from Brooklyn...Sunny, Rich, Matt, Dan, Max. Ten hands, textures and melodies, transistors and inner tubes, waves and fiberglass, alien moonlit dinners, harmonic tartar... band biology: keyboards, transistor organs, guitar saturation and dry intimacy, vox everywhere, drums and bass. Invented in 2005. Buy the album Outer Sunset on Hidden Shoal Recordings.
This week's soundbed music is Gravity Breaks by The The Buddy System. The title music is by Tragic Shell Suit Disaster.