Veronica Falls: s/t

London indie-pop band Veronica Falls, the british answer to Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls and formed in 2009, brought out their self-titled new debut record today via Bella Union and since I really liked their single Bad Feeling and also the video to the song I looked forward to listen to the whole record. And now I am finally able to, settle back.

It all starts with a nice folkish choir followed by a riff build-up and nice female vocals. Found Love In A Graveyard turns out in a nice post-punkish opener with vocal lines that hardly reminds of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. They increase the pace on the second track Right Side of My Brain which has interesting riffs and perfectly fitting vocal lines. The folk roots come up again on The Fountain and Misery, the two next tracks. Especially the ending of Misery reminds of folkish songs of older 80’s or 70’s bands and it nicely intitates the next track Bad Feeling. Next track Stephen has that special something I need to start loving a song, the first time in this album and definitely a highlight on Veronica Falls. Beachy Head is as the name suggests some decent Surf Rock with background chorals, a nice track too. All Eyes On You is a good track but it lacked the thing that spots a good song. Next tracks The Box and Wedding Day had it in my opinion and marked the beginning of the last third of the album. Interesting thing on this record is the next track called Veronica Falls. It’s calming folk done like Fleet Foxes. Another favourite track of mine is Come On Over, where the post-punk influences clearly show up again. It starts stirring, turns calm and outspeeds again. At the very end the listener contracts in peaceful choirs.

Veronica Falls delivers a solid debut which is clearly influenced by older folk and post-punk bands. They don’t reinvent the wheel, they just scrounge forgotten melodies and convey a precious piece of nostalgia. It’s a very dark album with lyrics about death and loss. I liked it a lot and am already excited to listen to it’s following record to hear their progression. Rough diamond attitudes.

  • 7.8/10
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Video: Arctic Monkeys ‘Suck It And See’

Below you can watch the new Arctic Monkeys video for Suck It And See, which will be released on October 31 as a single with ‘Evil Twin’ as the b-side.

 

The Drums: Portamento

I am a bit late with my review to the new album Portamento by Brooklyn ‘indiepop meets post-punk’-band The Drums but I just forgot it. They name bands such as Joy Division or Orange Juice as their influences and the sound has the 80’s like post-punk feeling at it. Praised by magazines such as NME or Pitchfork as the ‘next big thing’ in Indie the real big success failed to appear. Although it ranged silver in the UK and peaked in several countries and I also liked their debut.

Portamento is the third physical release of them and the second long-play. It came out on Island Record September 2 in the UK. There was a previously released video of What You Here and single called Money. I really liked these two teasers and so I looked forward to listen to the new record. It starts budding with typical Drums-pace and that ‘sandy beach feeling’-rock’ they already showed on their very first EP Summertime. What I recognized is that they played more post-punk on Portamento. The two singles What You Here and Money and also the fifth track on the album Hard To Love affords a travel back to New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies. I especially loved the awesome organ on Hard To Love. I had to laugh at Searching For Heaven because I didn’t know why that track made it to Portamento, it really did not fit to the other songs. Anyway, Please Don’t Leave Me and If He Likes It Let Him Do It were better but in my opinion this album lacks of highlights and the best songs are the two which were already released as singles and I also liked Days and Hard To Love. But all in all the songs just all sounded too much like the other songs on the album and what they already released in earlier records. You somehow drift away at half and don’t really listen anymore. There is simply too less outstanding stuff on Portamento except the few I mentioned. But I gave it a chance and listened it until the end and have to say the last two tracks turned out not as bad as I expected the end of an album I already gave up on.

So as I already said if you heard the singles there are just a few songs left to be excited to at Portamento. If you are new to the Drums give the older record a spin before you dare at this, you won’t be disappointed. As a confirmed Drums-listener I advise to listen to the first four or five songs and then skip to the last two tracks or you also choose one of the older records. At least that’s what I’d do.

  • 5.8/10

(Get Portamento here)

The Rapture: In The Grace Of Your Love

In The Grace Of Your Love is the fourth record of NYC-based dance punk The Rapture. It was dropped on the market in the United States today on September 6th. The Rapture is already thirteen years old and therefore one of the more adult ambassador of the genre. The track ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ was already released as a single about two months ago and the tracklist was released a few weeks ago.

It all starts with a catchy keyboard melody and a ‘good-mood’-feeling, the song is called Sail Away. I really like this upbeat and it is also one of my favourites out of the album. Next song is called Miss You which is more calm and also slower, but they force up the pace again on Blue Bird, the third track. Come Back To Me has a catchy accordion in it and somehow reminds me of that summer-hit, how was it called? Ah right, Danza Kuduro. So I also liked third and fourth track. Next song In The Grace Of Your Love is the title track of the album. They show how easy it can be to produce a song which keeps stuck in your head at first listen. I am already shouting ‘In The Grace Of Your Looove!’ everywhere. Also one of the highlights of the album. Never Die Again and Roller Coaster, the next two songs are a bit faint and too repetitive in my opinion. Children has again a neat keyboard melody which brings back the already running out summertime and I also really like How Deep Is Your Love. It is in my opinion the best song on the record along with Sail Away. The last song has a minimal and jazzy lounge feeling at it, it is a nearly 6 minute long piece with a simple piano-melody and some saxophone sampling at the end and it somehow takes effect. It also does calm down the atmosphere to finish the record apposite.

I liked the album so far but there are also a few songs I didn’t like. I would have liked an album more like it’s predecessor Pieces Of The People We Love. They mostly neglected their post-punk influences and that was one thing I liked about The Rapture. Pieces Of The People We Love was better in my opinion and Echoes lasts as my favourite song. Keep going, rapture.

  • 7.1/10

(Get In The Grace Of Your Love here)

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New single taken from the 2011 album Ritual.

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