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Review: The Twilight Saga – New Moon Soundtrack

 
By on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

The KillersIt has become a worldwide cult, and whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob (I’m all for the Cullen), one thing’s for sure, you’ll be seeing New Moon, the second instalment of the Twilight saga, in cinemas in this week (squeel!). Of course, I can’t give you a head’s up on the actual film yet, but one thing I can tell you, Twilighters, is how AWESOME New Moon’s soundtrack is going to be.

If there was an award for the coolest movie soundtrack, like, ever – this record would have to win, hands down. The CD is filled with both big and small indie superstars from beginning to end – the music a befittingly dark, melancholic haze of vampirical delight.

Glam-stomping, rocking tunes, such as ‘Friends’, by Band of Skulls, ‘I Belong to You’, by Muse and ‘Monsters’, by Hurricane Bells provide the perfectly harsh, guitar-driven soundtrack for Edward Cullen, as he smoulderingly flies across the sunlit trees of Forks, or Jacob Black, as he shape shifts into his mystical werewolf self. The contrastingly sorrowful, haunting numbers on the CD, such as ‘Possibility’, by Lykke Li, ‘Rosyln’, by Bon Iver and St. Vincent, and ‘Slow Life’, by Grizzly Bear, supply the most beautiful of soundscapes, which aptly echo Bella’s despairing, love-torn state of mind. Futher big-names on the album include The Killers (pictured right), Editors, Ok Go, a digitalised solo number from Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, and Death Cab for Cutie, who provide the movie’s official track with the Pet Shop Boys’ stylin’ ‘Meet Me at the Equinox’.

To conclude – the New Moon soundtrack is an incredibly epic, and at times stupidly touching record – perfect audio for the similarly emotional book and soon-to-be film. I would thoroughly recommend this CD, even if you aren’t, like me and practically 70% of the world’s teen population, a major Twilight-nerd. It’s a 16-tracked collection of amazing tunes, each one bounding with an intensity which is, at times, full-blown rawking, and other times, profoundly heartbreaking.

Order ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’, over at Amazon.co.uk now.

 

Album Review: Robbie Williams – Reality Killed the Video Star

 
By on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Robbie Williams - Reality Killed the Video Star (side)I admit. I’m pretty geeky when it comes to Robbie Williams. Ok, ok, so pretty much everyone agrees his last album, Rudebox, sucked bad – but come on, remember Feel? Come Undone? Millennium? She’s the One? It’s undeniable Mr. Williams has produced some incredibly awesome numbers other than Angels over the last few years – so surely we can forgive him for that momentary “rudebox! do the rudebox” blip? Well, I suppose he needs to begin by reassuring us all with his latest album, Reality Killed the Video Star – the musical child spawned from a few reclusive years in America generally spent obsessing over aliens and finding love in the form of American actress, Ayda Field.

Before I commence with the review, you gotta cut the Robster some slack. Over the past few months, Robbie’s had to sit at home watching his thriving ex-bandmates, Take That, sell out stadiums across the nation, while he was contrastingly left alone to deal with the biting backlash of British fans and critics. Reality Killed the Video was, alas, a super scary risk for the confidence-knocked Robbie. The album is, unsurprisingly then, filled with a bag of endearing nerves.

Still, back in July, Williams commented Reality Killed the Video Star would offer up a slice of “old Robbie, new Robbie, and a Robbie that neither of us have met”. The album, much to the pleasant surprise of fans, certainly does embrace retro R.W. Lush string arrangements are evident throughout the album, particularly amid mushy ballads such as impressive opener, Morning Sun, the orchestral ditty, Blasphemy, and You Know Me – a slick, slushy love song lined with retro doo-wops. Additionally, it’s particularly nice to hear Robbie’s classically suave, Swing When You’re Winning-era voice pushing itself through here.

As well as nostalgic Williams ballads, there are too, many hints of those curious Rubebox beats. Electro-pop tracks include the La Roux’d Last Days of Disco, and the robotic Difficult for Weirdos, which sadly verges on annoyingly immature both musically and lyrically (“Psycho evolution, your pollution, makes it difficult for weirdos”) come the end.

But what of this Robbie “neither of us have met”? Well, I’d start with the intriguing Deceptacon, a track equal to a soppy Space Oddity, boasting a particularly exotic harmony and classic guitar arrangement towards the end. Meanwhile, the jerky Bodies may be saturated in terrible lyricism (“Jesus really died for me, then Jesus really tried for me)”, but it still possesses a gratingly awesome, gritty-hook which recently made it an unsurprising radio hit. Superblind is a further highlight – a fine, near 5 minute, electro-orchestral mix, while Do You Mind is similarly appealing thanks to it’s gruff guitar riffs and sugary-pop chorus.

To conclude, I’d say there are certainly no captivating classics evident on Robbie’s latest offering. There are no lingering sing-alongs ala Feel, nor cocky dance-alongs such as Rock DJ. But, honestly, it’s not all that bad. The production is typically big and bold, and Robbie is certainly back with an undoubted sense of strengthened stability this 2009. And I’m happy for him.

Reality Killed the Video Star is out now. Purchase it over at Amazon.co.uk for £8.98

 

Bands to Watch #143: Delphic

 
By on Monday, 9th November 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Delphic (side)We’ve written a fair bit about Delphic here at TGTF. However, it occurred to us just the other day that we’re yet to give the Manchester quartet a proper introduction. Alas, welcome to Delphic’s ‘Band to Watch’, as that, quite frankly, is exactly what they are. This is the band on everybody’s lips right now, and watch them, readers, you should, as they’re soon going to be exploding onto radio waves across the planet. And it’s always nice to boast you heard of them before everyone else, right?

New Order, The Stones Roses, Inspiral Carpets, you name it – Manchester has always been know for it’s fantastical electro-rock recipes. Are Delphic here to resurrect these noticeably-80s concoctions? Well, yes, yes they are. Their sound encompasses that traditionally Northern new wave sound, but add to that a dash of dance, a splash of rave and a hint of sci-fi prog, and perhaps you’re halfway there with Delphic..

Honestly – Delphic’s tunes are so super catchy you could quite easily label them digital pop. Their hooks have the sell-ability of Klaxons’ indie-rave, just minus the silly neon clothing to boot. Sonic beats resound their way throughout Delphic’s music, while heart-stopping drums pace fiercely at the underbelly. Those fleeting hints of bass would make Peter Hook proud, while the glacier harmonies too, are tremendously trippy.

There is an extremely hypnotic-quality to Delphic in general – a trancey under bubbling which makes your eyelids heavy. But these guys are not a momentary trend – their music has a genuinely lasting, epic soundscape that is absolutely intent on capturing many hearts (and ears) soon.

Check out Delphic’s video to ‘This Momentary’, below :

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkmZBuidJVY[/youtube]

MP3: Delphic – This Momentary (Golden Bug remix)

MP3: Delphic – Counterpoint
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If you think Delphic are going to be big in the coming year, why not go ahead and vote for them in our poll – ’10 for 2010′ – which is set on finding the biggest bands of 2010

 

Bands to Watch #141: Ellie Goulding

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Ellie Goulding (side)Here at There Goes The Fear, we’re set on bringing you new music – fast. We want to get you in on the know, way before the big wigs at Radio 1 finally decide to play the records a whole 6 months later. We’re already asking you, the readers, to tell us who you think will be big in 2010, but be sure to keep a check on TGTF for our coming musical tip-offs.

One lady who I think deserves a place on your list is Ellie Goulding, a super cute electro star from Wales. Goulding is currently busying herself supporting, quite aptly, BBC’s Sound of 2009 winner, Little Boots. The question on everyone’s lips, however, is will Ellie be the one to take Miss. Boots’ glittery crown in 2010…?

Well, Goulding certainly has a great chance with her contagiously catchy synth-pop. Her music is quite literally packed-full of hooks just waiting to anchor themselves deep inside your brain. But as well as embracing electronica, Ellie also mixes a gentle wisp of folk into her music, which is super complimented by that quirky, buoyant voice of hers.

As well as counting Perez Hilton as fan, Ellie recently blagged herself a spot on the coveted Later With Jools Holland, which, for an upcoming artist, is always a good sign. Goulding’s music is both edgy enough to appeal to indie kids, but is similarly sprinkled with just the right amount of pop beats to please listeners of Chris Moyles. Basically, this girl is a sure-fire hit, and, in my opinion, certainly deserves a spot on your ’10 for 2010′.

Do you agree? Vote now!

And while you’re here, be sure to check out Ellie’s brand spanking new video to ‘Under the Sheets’, below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Navl4fYI-Zk[/youtube]

 

In the Post #36: Johnny Flynn

 
By on Monday, 2nd November 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Johnny Flynn (side)Johnny Flynn is another brick in the wall that is the thriving London folk scene (..I understand that remark may sound a little throwaway, but guys, it’s a super popular genre at the moment..). Joining alongside the likes of Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons, Johnny is perhaps stand-out for the fact he is one of the rarer male solo artists budding from the area (…aside from when with band, The Sussex Wit).

His music is as you’d expect – timid acoustic folk, with delicate droplets of country and bluegrass. Talented Flynn undoubtedly radiates an authentically homely sound, but as of yet, he’s not making wild musical waves. When you have the option of the rich, layered recipes of, for example, the ever-popular Mumford and Sons, it’s sometimes hard for Johnny’s lonesome, delicate sound to make as big an impact on passing listeners.

Johnny’s latest EP – ‘Sweet William’ – is very frail, musically, but don’t get me wrong, for this self-produced piece of work is also very endearing. It’s super soft and stripped back from start to finish, with the final title-track perhaps being the upbeat musical highlight, taking the form of an understated Celtic jig. Still, from the monotonic, percussion-led ‘Drum’, to the acoustic twangs and wispy strings of ‘Trains (Rose, Mary and Time)’, ‘Sweet William’ may be a real tender record, but it’s lacking in any lingering tenacity..

You can pre-order ‘Sweet William’, which is released November 30th, over at Johnny’s website, now.

 

In the Post #35: Codeine Velvet Club

 
By on Thursday, 29th October 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Codeine Velvet Club (side)Before the band get down to work on their anticipated third album, Fratellis’ frontman, Jon Lawler, recently decided to take some temporary time-out from the Scottish-trio in order to focus on Codeine Velvet Club, his intriguing new side-project with female burlesque singer, Lou Hickey.

It appears that, as far as musical side-projects go right now, grand, 60’s orchestral sounds are favoured. It’s pretty hard to not draw comparisons between Alex Turner’s nostalgic Last Shadow Puppets and Lawler’s latest retro-fluenced project. ‘Vanity Kills’, Codeine Velvet Club’s new single, is a dramatically smoky number, aptly embracing those classic sounds of Spector and Scott Walker. Full on, epic-brass and hearty vocals gives the track a jazzy cinematic, From Russia With Love-atmosphere. The gender-alternating vocals, too, work very well – Lou’s shiney high voice being complimented immensely by Jon’s deep, dark drawl.

Admittedly, ‘Vanity Kills’ is uber over-produced and perhaps a little over-swish. The track has ‘Radio 2 friendly’ stamped all over it, but alas, it’s big and it’s brash, and if it’s your kinda thing, it’s real enjoyable listening.

Check out the video to ‘Vanity Kills’, below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jQm6FnHzsA[/youtube]

 
 
 

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