Saturday, 17 July 2010

David's Lyre

Predominantly known for his (rather bloody good) covers of contemporary British acts such as Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding, and Delphic, David's Lyre has shown that he's even more adept when it comes to composing original tracks. Heartbeat starts off stripped down with just David's unique and distinctly British vocal over what could be fairly presumed to be a lyre, but is in fact a ukulele, before BOOM.....he brings in the beat. Strangely enough this big tropical beat and uke combo works really well, sounding somewhat like the lovechild of a bizarre orgy between fellow Londonders Noah and the Whale and Crystal Fighters....carefully mediated by Midlake.        

David's Lyre - Heartbeat

Friday, 16 July 2010

All Summer

All Summer is a cool as fuck collaboration between Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend fame, and Kid Cudi of, well, global fame. The track was recorded for Converse and features evrything you'd expect it to, considering the individuals collaborating....the verse is of lo-fi, dreamy consistency; Cudi's smooth vocal complimenting it brilliantly (Chill-Hop?), while the chorus picks it up a couple of notches with palm muting and a garage punk feel. It kind of sounds like 2 different songs stuck together, but whatev's, it's a tune.

Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglig & Bethany Cosentino - All Summer

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Bright Spark Destroyer

Written in stages between a barn in Oxford, flat in Kilburn and a mobile studio on the M4, it's a wonder that Bright Spark Destroyer's debut EP Holy Yell is even vaguely coherent. To even use a word such as 'coherent' however would be to do the band a disservice, as all 5 songs have been lovingly constructed through angular riffs, technical beats and David Adams' soaring, often falsetto, vocal. 2nd track They Already Know even triumphantly incorporates the piano, proving that piano-driven indie ballads don't have to be performed by Train and more importantly don't have to be shit. The whole EP is streaming below courtesy of Soundclound, and I'd recommend fans of Bloc Party and Death Cab especially to make a cheeky investment via the 'Buy The Whole Set' button.

HOLY YELL by Bright Spark Destroyer


No, not Babestation.....pervert. Despite being a relatively new outfit, Toronto's Bravestation have already notched up a number of formidable comparisons to the likes of heavyweights The National, Yeasayer and Foals. But what is most impressive about the band is that they're not purely ripping off their influences....instead merely extracting elements from each to help shape their own sound. Take the first two tracks off sophomore EP 2010, posted below, as examples. The verses contain that epic ambiance exploited so well by the likes of The National and Foals' more recent material, multi-layered vocals and snare rim hits not vastly dissimilar as those found on Local Natives' Gorilla Manor, as well as the tom rolls and varied instrumentation that helped thrust Yeasayer into the limelight earlier this year. But having listened through the EP, currently streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace, it's admirable and hugely impressive that Bravestation have managed to craft an overall sound that could only belong to them.

Bravestation - White Wolves
Bravestation - Clocks & Spears