groups / composers like : Mazzy Star, Velvet
Underground,Cocteau Twins, Kraftwerk and
also P.j. Harvey , Brian Eno, Ennio Morricone
and Angelo Badalamenti then you shouldn't
be surprised after listening to the album
' Stories ' by 'The Marzipan Man' .
At least 4 incredibly beautiful tracks-'Buddy
the cat' , 'Billy the fox' 'take this wind as an
advice' and last but not least , ' sometimes '
could come from any album from the '60's
till the 00's . And don't rush to think that I
am over exaggerating . Discover it first...
' 2 ' is the second album from Abbie Gale,
( the first one was 'family life' ),and I think
that this one is their magnum opus so far.
They come from Patras,Greece.This album
is much more powerful but without losing
the melody of the previous one.
They have an extra group member , nice
artwork & remarkable production. Among
others there is also a duet with Vasilikos
(the singer of 'raining pleasure') and I can't
really find a second rate song . Danko,
clown,lovesong,gone & heliotrope portrait
seem to be the best...so far...We will all be
lucky to see them live at blow up, on
After all these years , it's not really very
difficult to understand which are the group's
influences , when you hear a specific album.
At least so far, because how is it possible to
realize that behind the contemporary ' twee
pop 'of Honeydrips, hides the whilom punk
indie ( lead singer - of the group Dorotea ) .
It's Swedish again ,sometimes it sounds like
the 60's , sometimes a glance to the 80's.
There are at least 3 masterpieces of pop and
some of the instruments used , you don't
really hear them in pop music very often
(flute and tamburine) .Once you hear it, you
can't easily press the stop button . Maybe
'' in some distant future '', ' it's better to be
lost than to be found ' , as Carlsson claims .
'Here comes the future ' is what we say.
Suppose we have the following case study.
It's 1979 , you are 19 years old in England
from a completely
unknown place ,under the name Inkberrow.
suppose it's just a matter of time before you
become supporter of Cure, echo and the
bunnymen and ' Sound'. In this ' and also
the trees' album there is not even a song
that stands out from the rest. It's a well
balanced album , with concrete structure
and it's ups & downs .Jones brothers have
achieved to create an atmospherical album,
where the moody vocals by Simon Jones
give thecall to travel us in paths where we
all have been before(Tindersticks) .A demo
was the cause to start a friendship between
them and Cure. Another childhood dream
came true.Cure not only took them as support
group, but also L.Tolhurst was the producer
of their album, released in 1983.Approximately
25 years after 'and also the trees ' , doesn't not
sound, dated,thanks to' The rag and bone Man' .
Don't try to resist ' beutiful silence ' . It's no use .
takes at least one careful listen before I
express my opinion.With 'National's' album
it took me an entire Sunday afternoon before
I ..... fell in love with it. And of course you all
know that Sunday is a severe judge. I first
heard ' National ' ,in ''alligator'' 2005, which
means that i have missed their first 2 albums.
I still do. I was attracted by the voice of Matt
Berninger,the 'reincarnation' of Stuart Staples
Leonard Kohen and Johnny Cash.After all these
listenings & i still can't overcome the vertebrate
melody of brainy, or the violin intro of the
exceptional ''Sqalor Victoria''. On '' slow show ''
Matt presents the band's love manifesto'' you
knowI dreamed about you for 29 years before
i saw you'' , and finally all the sad beauty of an
era is concentrated on 'boxer's' ,'racing like a
pro' . That's all i have to say.
A version of the legend tells that the group
took it's name after a brake up, between
Kevin Barnes and a girl ...of Montreal
In this concept album,where Kevin claims
that it's his transforma tion from K. Barnes
(his rock- glam persona),anything can happen.
From the tremendous' the past is a grotesque
animal' ,to the hilarious 'she's a rejecter' & from
the twee popish 'cato as a pan', to playful 'suffer
for fashion'. After 7 lp's ,5 ep's 12 singles and 1
soundtrack ,I think that the time has arrived for
Kevin & co. Will you get on the bus with the
strange name 'Hising Fauna ,Are You A Destroyer' ?
Nowdays,to characterize an album 'rock' 2 guitars
1 bass and 1 drum is not enough. A few years ago
land' . I think that Unkle's ' war stories '
belong to the same category. What you think
by listening this album differs by far from
what you expected to hear . First of all,
there are a lot of collaborations,and some of
them were really a knock out. Ian Astbury
participations in (2 songs) is the highlight of
the album. 'Burn my shadow' ,puts in for the
song of the year & I haven't had the chance
to listen to tracks so heartbreaking as 'when
things explode' . There are also Gavin clark,
Josh Homme , Duke spirit and Autolux.Josh
Homme sounds exactly like the ' Franz
Ferdinard' in 'restless',while Gavin's ' key to
the kingdom ' combines the music of Joy
division ,with the vocals of Stone roses' .Liela
moss of the ' Duke Spirit ' reminds me of
'elastica' . As far as I 'm concerned this is the
album of the year. Ok,I admit it.I am a fan of
Swedish pop .This is the second lp from this
country that I have included in my list. A
clever name,a front cover that reminds me of
4AD era,and a few minute lessons about 'how
dark wave music sounds in the 00's ' .From a
city under the name Jonkoping , around 2000
,a few friends desided to form a group .Their
story is similar to the majority of rock groups.
One more time Cure and Jesus & Mary Chain
influnces a band.It took them 5 years and a lot
of label begging before they sign for 1 ep.
Labrador saved them from breaking up ,and
the rest is ...Mary Onettes .How many albums
have you heard so far with songs like 'lost' or '
Coherence, stability and innovation.Coherence,
to Radiohead sound, stability, because there
is the same line up for more than 20 years, and
innovation because they always find something
to make us talk about them.
This year they sold their album ' in Rainbows'
via internet without a fixed price.The result was
achieving sales equal to with the aggregation of
their last 3 lp's.' In rainbows ' there are songs
that awakes memories of the near past ( though
10 years have passed since ok computer ), like
nude,weird fishes/arpeggi,Reckoner and jigsaw
falling into place which is the highlight of the
album. It's remarkable that most of the songs
were first presented at Radiohead's tour and
then on the studio. Finally 'nude' was the song
that premiered live in the 'ok computer ' tour
before they decided to include it ,in their new
Suppose you are the candidate for a job
concerning economics and in your c.v there is
the London school of Economics reference
then you have at least one advantage over in
economics then Cherry red is the 'passe-partout'
that holds all the reservations.The Hepburns is a
u.k band that was lucky enough to record for the
cult label of the 80's ( Cherry Red ) 1 lp and 1 12'' .
For the next 10 years we couldn't say that they
were at the peack of their creativity.
So since 2000 they have been recording for
' Radio Khartoum ' . ' Something worth
steeling ' is an album that brings back
memories & sounds we have for a long time
missed.'Fire red car' for example reminds me
of the first singles of Belle & Sebastian ,
'Heavy weight Bohemians' and 'During British
Winter 'is like Terry Hall (Specials) singing in
the '00's . ' The last thing I saw before I said
goodbye is probably the song that Morrissey
forgot to include in his last album. It's pop,
jazzy , with a little ska attitude and it's a
must - hear album for 2007. if it was
necessary to rank the above albums I think
the list would look like this :
1. U.n.k.l.e - War Stories
2. Abbie Gale - 2
3. Marzipan man - Stories
4. The National - Boxer
5. Hepburns - Something Worth Stealing
6. And Also The Trees - The Rag And Bone Man
7. Honeydrips - Here Comes The Future
8. Radiohead - In Rainbows
9. Of Montreal - Hising Fauna,Are You A Destroyer?
10. Mary Onettes - Mary Onettes