A collection of music videos of interest which arrived in the last few days..
Tanlines – ‘Not The Same’ Tanlines’ new one for ‘Not The Same’ has the pair playing every instrument live that they played on the recording of the song that featured on Mixed Emotions. Of course, the only way to do that is to clone yourself:
This year was my fourth South By South West and before I left for Austin, I was apprehensive about the festival’s status as a relevant music event in its 26th year. Over 2,000 bands visit the Texas capital to try and advance their careers and I wondered why they bothered anymore? Was there actually worth in them playing? Any band who travel the large distance must have a profile, a buzz or are there to strike a deal on Texas soil to make it really worth their while. Bands that travel on blind faith and hope that something will happen for them are delusional and hopefully few and far between these days.
For me, SXSW is a festival that I go to for new music and the opportunity to gorge on it over five or six days. This year a a giant vending machine made the news, commercialism was rampant, Jay-Z playing a gig to credit card customers, Springsteen gave a (mighty) keynote speech while Kanye, Jack White and Skrillex all packed in venues. At the same time, you’ve got an art gallery playing host to a hippy-leaning label showcase, the Boiler Room broadcasting leftfield electronica from a backyard out of town, bands busking on the street and industry chasing the buzz for their own benefit. It’s contradictory, crass, nothing and everything all at once and that means that SXSW is just a pop-up macrocosm of the music industry as a whole.
Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh teams up with Adult Swim for the a music video from Tanlines‘ new album Mixed Emotions. While my internal jury is still very much out on the album (sounding like The Killers early demo is not a good look), Tanlines’ live show is heavy on the tropical dance pop they’re oh so good at. Also, very funny guys as their Twitter suggests and as I found out on Friday at SXSW. “Bagels” is the world’s greatest soundcheck phrase.
In which I invent a new word, Aoife and I talk about Azealia Banks (that’s her above drawn by 400 Facts), why Grimes reminds me of Opus III, why Chairlift are great, Twitter fights with Zomby, Icelandic intentions and pronunciations, a load of brilliant Irish electronica and some Shangaan electro.
Calypso electronic pop band Tanlines were one of my favourite musical discoveries of 2010. Their Settings EP was a constant, ‘Real Life’ is still regularly played at DJ sets and a subsequent collection of material Volume On tied up their recordings so far into a two disc collection.
Great news for me today so. Tanlines will release their debut album Mixed Emotions on True Panther on March 20th in the US. ‘Brothers’ is the first track from it and features the duo’s biggest strength – the combination of bouncing percussion and rhythm with singalong vocals. Love these guys.
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.
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? (more…)
A mammoth day in which I caught a lot of bands. Here are the highlights of the Friday from Austin.
Local Natives One of last year’s breakout hits of SXSW, this year the LA harmony-heavy indie band returned to the place where everyone knew who they were and wanted to see them again. In that year, as a band they’ve got tighter but if you were at their recent Dublin show you’ll know that already. North America has been slow to catch up on the Local Natives buzz but with their album now officially released Stateside, the audiences were a lot more appreciative of the material.
Mountain Man Three girls huddle around a trio of microphones and wonderful things happen. Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle, and Alex Sauser-Monnig are based in Vermont and their sound is rooted in the North American music of blues, country and folk. Singing all their songs acappella bar one with a guitar, their crystal-clear harmonies are what draw you in as their sweet voices chime in unison. Many of their songs could have been sung in 1920 but still sound fresh to these modern ears.
Memory Tapes Davye Hawk’s solo project is many things: electronic, wistful, nostalgic, Balearic, independent and lo-fi. Live, it’s a much more focused approach; a drummer, a minimal backing track and Hawk playing guitar and singing in a brittle timbre. I would have liked to see more of this show to be sure but I was impressed with what I caught.
This weekly chart consists of 10 of my favourite tunes right now including remixes by Caribou of Oh No Ono, Four Tet of Pantha Du Prince, Astronomer of Glasser and Mount Kimbie of Foals. It jsut worked out that way this week. Also, nods to the new brilliant Gorillaz album, Cults, Tanlines, The National, Solar Bears and Pilotpriest.
Alan from State has been telling me to check out Tanlines lately and I’m glad I finally did. The tune that got me was ‘Real Life’ – an African/samba-influenced jam with heavy percussion and reverberating bass. They are on my list for SXSW for sure.
I bought their EP, Settings from eMusic. They’ve also got a couple of sweet remixes floating about one by Memory Tapes and another of them remixing Solid Gold. Both are below. Jim Carroll’s also on the Tanlines buzz.