Monday, 18 March 2013

Set Point

Hey Guys and Girls!

How is everyone today? I must apologise for the lack of a blog post last week, not much of a Weekly Stew if I miss out a week hey? I blame Finance Honours for my lack of time to write new posts, I have loads of songs just waiting to be unleashed but I hate to just chuck things online without writing something meaningful about them, maybe that's the perfectionist in me finally coming out, pity it doesn't appear when I'm doing work for university.

Last week's favourite track was, by a landslide victory, the new Al Bairre track called 'Solid Gold'. I have to agree with you all, that really is a fantastic track which should be getting national and even international airtime on the big radio stations!

There are going to be a few new writers popping up this year as I try to keep the quality of the blog up as well as expanding the genres that appear on here every week so I hope that you are all looking forward to that!

Without further ado lets get onto the music side of things...

1. Chvrches - Lies

Can bands not spell anymore? We have Alt-J who's whole band name is about a triangle and now people can't even spell Church right? OK besides the whole naming thing these guys are epic! They are Scottish. I could just stop writing right now and everyone would know that these guys were fantastic just by that mere fact! I will however tell you that these guys are an electropop 3-piece from Glasgow who have been making music together since 2011. They have even recently made it onto the major radio stations in South Africa, that's no mean feat for a little known Scottish band!

2. Divine Fits - Would That Not Be Nice

Coming in at number 2 on this week's playlist we have an American/Canadian supergroup, yes I also hate that term but in this case it applies...they really are making some superb music. 'Divine Fits' have an indie sound that is prickly and sticky, it conjures up feelings of the 50's, not of Mad Men but of the fun and funky 50's. Great hooks and cool instrumentals combine to make this song one that's easy to listen to yet it also sticks around in your head all day! Definitely worth a listen.

3. Bastille - Pompeii

This comes courtesy of Mr Dave East, he is one talented filmographer...he also happens to be single ladies! OK back to the music now. 'Bastille' are an indie-synthpop band from South London who recently released their debut album in the UK. They have actually topped the charts over there and have managed to make the critics fall in love with them. One of my favourite bands 'Swiss Lips' supported the quartet on their UK tour last October. Bastille can best be described as playing earnest pop, they are really hard to put into any one category or musical genre and I think that that is why they have enjoyed so much success, they don't really sound like anyone else being played on the radio today! You will fall in love with these guys as you listen to them, there is no doubt about that! They also just happen to have one of the most beautiful music videos I have seen for a while!

4.  Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game

I thought that I would get in on the action and include my own version of the Harlem Shake...Luckily for you people my version is actually bringing you an amazing band which just happens to share a name with that ridiculous dance craze. "Harlem Shakes' are another indie-pop band from New York City. Sadly they broke up in 2009 just after releasing a great album for us to enjoy! Melodic indie-pop with more smooth hooks and killer beats is what this band will give to you. Watch the music video closely, it really is quite an ingenious video that is not what it first appears to be!

5. Suede - Barriers

If you haven't heard of 'Suede' before now then you need to go and do some homework! I don't mean by going to buy some new suede shoes. 'Suede' are English Britpop legends! They formed waaaay back in 1989 and released their first material for the last 10 years in January this year. You can just tell it's going to be ridiculously good when the first line of the song is "Aniseed kisses and Lipstick Traces", I mean come on!! A driving beat and simple riffs lead the way into the world of this great band. Let them minister to you this week!

Bonus Track

6. Last Dinosaurs - Zoom

I missed last week so I thought that a bonus track was in order! This track comes courtesy of Sean Ross AKA. Walter The Sheep. I raided Sean's music collection last night and after looking through a little bit of it I'm pretty sure that he should be the one with a music blog and not me. 'Last Dinosaurs' are from Brisbane in Australia, it just proves that good things can come out of Australia every now and then. They have been described as playing power-pop (Makes me think of Adele for some reason) mixed in with a little bit of indie rock. A simple explanation would be to say that they sound a little bit like 'Two Door Cinema Club' and when I say that I only mean the good TDCC, not that new stuff of theirs. Go listen and when you start dancing along to the beat just say thanks to Sean!

That's it for this week's edition. I hope that you all had a good time perusing the selection! Don't forget to vote on the top right and side of the page for your favourite track of the week! See you all next week.

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