chadvalley
chadvalley

After its initial listen, ‘Fall 4 U’ is a bit disconcerting as it is completely rooted in total sopping wet drippy AM balladry. Repeated listens reveal a gorgeous neon sheen and some wonderful production so the ’80s radio earnestness takes a back seat. The Balearic synth workout and Glasser’s uncharacteristic straight-forward contribution seal the deal.

Plus, the new Chad Valley album Young Hunger out October in North America and November in Europe also features Twin Shadow, El Perro del Mar, Active Child and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Good job Hugo Manuel.

glasser

Glasser
Lindstrøm does his swirling disco thing on Glasser’s ‘Mirrorage’. Basically, an extended version of an already awesome song. Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser is on a European tour from late January and plays Crawdaddy in Dublin on February 24th, a show I’m very much looking forward to and you should be too.

Glasser – Mirrorage (Lindstrøm Remix)

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Posted on January 10th, 2011

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tanlines

tanlines
One of my favourite musical discoveries of 2010, Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm aka Tanlines release a 2 disc compilation of all of their work so far, serving as a salivating precursor to the band’s debut album in 2011. The tracklisting consists of their excellent Settings EP, remixes, deleted singles and new stuff. You can also download the new track ‘O Seizing the Day’ which features the vocal talents of Luke Jenner from The Rapture. Glasser features on ‘Z’ too.

If you’re in the UK this week or Europe next week, the band have some tour dates in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Paris.

Tanlines – Volume On by bangonpr
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Posted on November 30th, 2010

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Glasser at CMJ by Will Deitz

Glasser at CMJ 2010 by Will Deitz

Dave Rawkblog’s 2010 Bands You Can Ignore list is a fine example of blog aggravation. Containing a list of 2010 bands you don’t need to hear before making a year-end list, it was bound to stir up some strong opinion. There are certainly a few bands on that list that personally I’d never tell you to ignore. Foals? Glasser? Both have made brilliant albums this year. LCD Soundsystem? Tanlines? Please. Their Settings EP is one of the best short-form releases I’ve heard in the last 10 or so months.

Dave’s choices are his personal opinion and as much as the internet tells you otherwise, you have to respect that. There is an explanation. What concerns me though, is the Rawkblog criteria for the list. These artists are not bad just not worth your time or as he put it not special. Are we demanding brilliance and uniqueness from the start now? Is there no room for musical growth anymore? Or is instant dismissal a better option?
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Posted on October 26th, 2010

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