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Bands to Watch #211: Mondrian

 
By on Wednesday, 4th May 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Featuring three Frenchmen and one mademoiselle, Mondrian are a very interesting pop band from Paris. The three Frenchmen are Roman, Morning Crash and Cyrille, singing, rocking out on guitars and banging on drums, respectively. The mademoiselle is Demoiselle, who plays synths. The band have released two EPs so far, ‘Pop Shop’ and ‘Whippersnapper’, the latter released this past Monday. Mondrian are very easy-listening and they never fail to cheer me up after a long day.

‘Tofu Farmer’ from ‘Pop Shop’ released in August 2010 caught my attention immediately for obvious reasons – for one, can you possibly grow tofu (aka beancurd) on a farm? ‘Tofu Farmer’ is very light and joyful. Another track called ‘Last Breakfast on Planet Surf’ is the shortest track on ‘Pop Shop’. Short but ace, the piano on ‘Last Breakfast on Planet Surf’ is very bouncy and this song reminds me of the arrival of summer.

The title track of their second EP, ‘Whippersnapper’, opens in a fairly quirky way with synths and then progresses something really enjoyable. The guitar on this track is much softer, yet everything goes really well together.

Relaxing and easy to listen to, Mondrian are what you need for summer 2011.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #329: The Looks

 
By on Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Dublin band the Looks (not to be confused with the Dutch band of the same name) are giving away their most recent second double A-side single – ‘Cinema Screen / Screwdriver’. ‘Screwdriver’ is more intense, while ‘Cinema Screen’ sounds more laid-back. Help yourself to the two tracks below.

 

Single Review: The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown

 
By on Tuesday, 19th April 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Following ‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O’ and ‘Buy Nothing Day’, ‘Apollo Throwdown’ is the third single taken from The Go! Team’s most recent album, ‘Rolling Blackouts’. The vocals on this song reminds me of Uffie, but without an awful amount of vocal modification, Ninja’s vocals sound much more natural and pleasant. The “rockets to the left of me / bullets to the right of me / flames to the back of me / spark the TNT” part is so fun to sing along to and I always visualise cheerleaders dancing and chanting to this song. The bass is very jumpy and gives the song a lot of depth. Playing with bright colours and 80s’ editing effects, the video for ‘Apollo Throwdown’ is extremely retro. It wouldn’t be hard to deceive someone by claiming that this song is from the ’80s.

There’s also a remix of ‘Apollo Throwdown’ by Star Slinger. Being a fan of Star Slinger’s remixes, this does not disappoint. With the heavy beats made softer, the whole song sounds much more chilled. It’s the kind of music that I listen to while I go shopping: it’s relaxing yet lively, the kind of music that brightens my day.

7.5/10

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvoQ-5YI0n0[/youtube]

The ‘Apollo Throwdown’ single is available now via Memphis Industries.

 

MP3 of the Day #325: Islington Boys Club

 
By on Monday, 18th April 2011 at 10:00 am
 

‘Misfit Sugar’ is the latest release from Islington Boys Club, one of our Bands to Watch in March. They’ve done it right this time, with more fascinating guitar riffs getting stuck in my head. The single was released earlier this month with remixes as B-sides. You can listen to ‘Misfit Sugar’ below and add it to whatever brand of mp3 player of your choosing by click the buttons below.

 

MP3 of the Day #322: Is Tropical

 
By on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at 10:00 am
 

I have been keeping my eye on Is Tropical ever since a friend shared ‘Tan Man’ with me on Facebook. ‘The Greeks’ is their newest release and will appearing on their debut album entitled ‘Native To’ (to be released on the 13th of June) and one month earlier on on ‘Kitsune Maison’s 11 Compilation’ (released on the 16th of May). I can’t wait to hear their debut in full! But in the meantime, you can listen to ‘The Greeks’ and download it below.

 

Quickfire Questions #3: French Horn Rebellion

 
By on Friday, 1st April 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Brooklyn-based French Horn Rebellion have just played in Hong Kong for the very first time Wednesday night (the 30th of March); they played with MGMT on this one date. The Hong Kongers seemed to have enjoyed the show a lot and it was a successful debut. I caught up with the brothers David and Robert Perlick-Molinari and had them answer our Quickfire Questions…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
David: My mom playing Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’ on the piano.
Robert: ‘Go Granny, Go’ – Jan and Dean (Editor’s note: I think he means ‘The Little Old Lady from Pasadena’.)

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
David: ‘Surfin’ USA’ – The Beach Boys
Robert: ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers

3. What song makes you laugh?
David: ‘Seven Stars Surround the Moon’ – Savoir Adore
Robert: ‘Tip-toe Through The Tulips’ – Tiny Tim

4. What song makes you cry?
David: ‘Nobody Knows’ – Tony Rich Project
Robert: ‘Enigma Variations’ – Edward Elgar

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
David: ‘It’s Only Love’ – The Beatles
Robert: ‘The Luckiest’ – Ben Folds




6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
David: Said he only listened to music to cheer himself up, so he left this one blank.
Robert: ‘New Year’s Day’ – Brothers

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
David: ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’ or ‘God Only Knows’ – The Beach Boys
Robert: ‘Giant Steps’ – John Coltrane

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
David: Ernest Hemingway
Robert: Burt Bacharach

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
David: I’d probably be in medical school.
Robert: A writer.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
David: ‘The Art of Fugue’ – J. S. Bach. It has so many levels of beauty and an eternity to figure it all out. Plus, that stuff never gets boring.
Robert: Fritz Reiner with The Chicago Symphony playing ‘Ein Heldenleben’.

 
 
 

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