Big Troubles: Romantic Comedy

Big Troubles from Ridgewood, New Jersey, formed somewhere in 2009/10 after being friends since high-school and been in several bands together, currently signed to Slumberland Records brought out their second full-length Romantic Comedy after a number of 7” and EPs. They are currently touring with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Young Prisms and Real Estate and you can locate their sound somewhere in this edge. It’s a style of lo-fi dream pop with lyrical themes such as romance, as the title of the record says, loss of love and things like that. But enough informations, I’ll give it a spin.

Romantic Comedy starts with a lovely opener called She Smiles For Pictures. I like the guitar melody and the keyboard effects and already took the voices from Alex Craig and Ian Drennan to my heart. Misery let me even think of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart again which is definitely not a bad thing because I loved Belong and can’t get enough of stuff in the same musical style that want to bring the Billy Corgan-feeling back to life. Make It Worse is in the same shoegazy style and I love it, as well as Sad Girls. You can call it a rip-off of something and you could be right with that argument but I simply like it so why should I criticise it. And about vocal lines like ‘Love is in the air, but I don’t care, ’cause I don’t want to love anymore’ you just can smile about it and don’t judge them. You’ll Be Laughing is a mid-tempo style with a remarkable background guitar-line to break-up the first half of Romantic Comedy.

Second half starts with one of my favourites of this record called Minor Keys and for the first time played a more straight-forward style of Shoegaze in the third minute that lets me think of Loveless. It is followed by Softer Than Science which is as the title says again calm and peaceful but still likeable, though one of the unspectacular songs on Romantic Comedy. Time Bomb, again as the title says more noisy and experimental. Succesfull, another highlight on this record in my opinion. We have already arrived at the last two track, Engine and Never Mine. The first of the two is some relaxing mid-tempo dream pop where the roots are clearly somewhere Pavement- or Dinosaur Jr.-like with the pinch of originality. Never Mine, like the most on Romantic Comedy is a nicely done closure, stroke the guitar for the last time, aspirate into the mic for the last time and leave the listener in a pleased and entire mood.

I really liked Romantic Comedy and there were almost no bad songs on this. I would really like to see them blowing up in the upcoming weeks and want to recommend it to a fan of every artist I mentioned in this review, you can’t do something wrong by listening to Romantic Comedy. So what are you waiting for, do it!

  • 8.3/10

Girls appeared at ‘Jimmy Fallon’

After the release of their second full-length Father, Son, Holy Ghost Girls played their first appearance on a TV-show at ‘Late at Night With Jimmy Fallon’. They played Honey Bunny and My Ma on web exclusively. Watch both here. (via theaudioperv.com)

St. Vincent: Strange Mercy

American singer Annie Clark alias St. Vincent brought out her third record Strange Mercy. She changed from the style of the second album Actor with symphonic parts to a more synthesizer lasting rock with blustering bass- and guitar-parts by herself. She names her influences Jethro Tull and Frank Zappa. As she went to a party when she was twelve and everyone brought some vinyl she didn’t play Ace Of Base, she played Aqualung from Jethro Tull. And as she grew up in a musical family the condition were good to born a new rock star. By the way St. Vincent is the hospital in which Dylan Thomas died.

The album starts with some strange synthies, a heavenlike voice of Annie Clarke and some catchy guitarriffs. The refrain is a blurping organ and Annie shouting the title of the song. Chloe In The Afternoon is a catchy and memorable opener for a hopefully great album. Cruel has also a very catchy guitartune that instantly get stuck in the head and a very nice ‘sing-along’-part. After two faster and fancy tracks Cheerleader starts calm but turns out in a synthesizer firework. She perfectly finds the balance between freaky synth and serious vocalparts. Surgeon, the fourth track should be the highlight of the record as I heard from several voices but I am a bit sobered by this track, the synths and vocals just did not hit me enough on this song though the part from 3:40 until the end was freaking awesome and really disturbing. One of the best moments on the record for sure. Northern Lights is more in the rock style with strong riffing and for the first time not constant synth but used at the right parts and so also this song is succesfull. The title track on Strange Mercy as well as Neutered Fruits are again slower and with well considered effects. They’re nice not the best songs on Strange Mercy though. A nice bridge was Champagne Year, nice and calm. Dilletante has a great groove and again nice synths, guitars and effects though not the best vocals on the album. Though Hysterical Strength and Year Of The Tiger are two more highlights of the album. The pace was put down to calm the listener with smooth and groovy synth parts and perfectly finished a strong new record of St. Vincent.

There were highlights and awesome fresh new ideas on Strange Mercy though not every track impressed me. But the sum of good songs outweighed the bad ones. But I sensed that the first half was a bit better than the second though to the end there were again two great songs. It is definitely one of the better releases in the last few months. Annie Clark for the win.

  • 8.4/10

(Get Strange Mercy here)

mp3: Coldplay ‘Paradise’

Coldplay brought their second single out who will appear on their new full-lenght Mylo Xyloto. I already liked Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall but this is even better and I got a feeling that this record will be huge. There will also be a track with Rihanna. Watch the tracklist of Mylo Xyloto and listen to Paradise below.

Tracklist:

01 Mylo Xyloto
02 Hurts Like Heaven
03 Paradise
04 Charlie Brown
05 Us Against the World
06 M.M.I.X.
07 Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
08 Major Minus
09 U.F.O.
10 Princess of China (feat. Rihanna)
11 Up in Flames
12 A Hopeful Transmission
13 Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
14 Up With the Birds

Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Father, Son, Holy Ghost, the new Girls record is finally here. One of my most acclaimed new releases of the year. Already from Album to Broken Dreams Club you can hear their progression from ‘good-mood’ indie-rock to a more serious direction. Now on Father, Son, Holy Ghost they sound like the 60’s decorated with lots of interesting details from all over the past decades.

The album starts as their first full-length with a catchy opener, Honey Bunny which was previously released on Vinyl. Oh, the second track Die. That was some awesome 60’s or 70’s rock pure. So much memories came back to me. So many great bands I heard out of this song. Raw and dirty. And that ending-part gave me goosebumps. I heard out some Pink Floyd in their beginings. Definitely one of the best songs on the record. How Can I Say I Love You is a homelike ballad you can also range in the typical 70’s sound. Two more highlights are Myma and Vomit. Great organ, smooth tunes, ‘old-but-gold’-feeling and some great riffing. Vomit was already released as a single previously and also a music video was made. First of all I liked the development at the end with the female gospel singers and the organ. Could name Procol Harum, Jethro Tull or King Crimson as influences and I loved it. Next track Just A Song starts acoustic and turns into a slow untroubled ballad, added with many elements such as a flute in the background. Magic, the next song is again a classic concepted song of Girls. It’s what they played on the first records, ‘summer-sun-good-mood’-rock. Forgiveness is with nearly 8 minutes the longest track on Father, Son, Holy Ghost. The first five minutes are mostly acoustic with timbals and then turns also into a modern classic rock track. Succesfull. Love Life and Jamie Marie, the last two tracks are again calm but powerful and finish the album with perfectly fitting organ that leaves you in a quiet and peaceful mood.

I instantly liked the album though I liked their old style also. They found the balance between many decades and also knew their roots and there were as good as no bad songs on Father, Son, Holy Ghost. With lyrics of love, loss and solitude and the right balance between sad and happy melodies they already nearly reached perfection on their second full-length. I recommend it to fans of older classic rock or just friends of music. And so I strained look forward to see them this winter. And now go and buy this fuckin’ piece of art.

  • 9/10

(Get Father, Son, Holy Ghost here)

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