Monday, 30 August 2010

Forest Swords

Forest Swords - Rattling Cage from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.

The first track I heard from Forest Swords was 'Rattling Cage', one of the two captivating efforts present on his most recent 7'' out on No Pain In Pop, although it doesn't so much rattle as float due to a generous helping of reverb. The lush ghostly twinkles bring to mind ghostly happenings and the indecipherable vocals and unexpected crashes of guitar do nothing to chase off this sinister presence.

Its companion piece, 'Hjurt', floats poignantly along before being dubbed into fragile hypnagogia from which it falls upon your subjective response as regards whether to continue further into the sinister ambiance initially conjured by 'Rattling Cage' or to float on by.

Forest Swords also have an EP (which is clearly long enough to be an album) out on Olde English Spelling Bee, which is the sort of place you would expect to find him BUT the boy is from Liverpool which is mental both sonically and geographically.

Anyway, the EP is also very good and long enough to get nice and lost in his world. His skill at crafting these sonic landscapes is in some ways comparable to that of Burial, although obviously the music is not so similar.

I think the plan is to release a full album which will basically be the EP plus the 7'' though I can't remember where I read that so it might be a lie. They also made what, judging by the tracklisting, looks like a very interesting mixtape for Gorilla Vs Bear before the EP dropped but I wasn't on the ball enough to pick it up and don't know anywhere to find it now. If YOU know, inform me please. Cheers.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

In Defence of...



1. The Klaxons...who have a new album out in a couple of days (on the 23rd August) entitled 'Surfing the Void' (artwork above) and who are currently getting a lot of shit for various reasons. One of these being that they are not cool to like because they got dragged into the whole NME-SKINS-TOPMAN thing a few years back (see also reactions to Foals' new album) though the backlash on Klaxons has been worse than that on Foals because the Klaxons also got dragged into NME's nu-rave thing which got hyped to death. Like actual death. As in, it is now actually dead.

Another reason is that it has taken them a while (3 years) to come up with a follow up record which sounds pretty similar to the first one and then there is all that stuff about their record label making them scrap an album because it was too experimental and proggy 'n' that Klaxons were all sellouts claiming to have remembered that they were a pop band at heart and so on and so forth.

So, in their defence...as much as pitchfork are hyping chillwave at the moment, NME hyped nu-rave. This is no reason to hate a band. Neither is it acceptable to hate a band for taking a while to release a follow-up album (see the Avalanches). Finally, all that shit about finding themselves/selling out can pale into comparison if the music itself is any good and, although I've only heard the couple of tracks floating around the ether, it may well be. Myths of the Near Future was and is a great album so I have high hopes for the follow up even if it is just a Myths of the Near Future Part 2 or B-sides or offcuts. The artwork is also rather awesome.

2. The Drums...who are currently getting a lot of shit because of this sort of stuff...



Anyway, basically getting hate for looking like some kind of Chris Morris parody band. I mean they look like a bunch of hipsters and sing about surfing and that which seems to be a popular topic at the moment. And some people say they sound a bit like the Smiths which obviously really annoys fans of the Smiths. And also they seem to have quite a hefty PR campaign for some reason so some folk feel like their PARODY SURFING SMITHS HIPSTER CHRIS MORRIS NONSENSE IS BEING FORCED INTO THEIR EARS.

Anyway...in their defence, they are actually just a band who write harmless indie-pop songs about surfing and shit and who have released an EP and an album, both of which are rather good. Nothing to get so worked up about anyway. They are also touring with Surfer Blood soon who are rather good.

3. Wavves...not actually sure if this man needs defended but thought I'd have a nice trio of defence in this post. And some folk have written some nasty things about the boy. He simply writes fuzzy songs about having a bit of a boring life. Which also happen to be rather awesome. And popular. I even like the new album, which has been cleaned up considerably to the point where the tracks are resembling songs now.

Anyway, yeah.