Monday, February 25, 2013

newmusicmonday #107:: The Lovely Eggs (We Don't All Want Morrisey Style Depression or Mumford & Sons Bullshit Pseudo Private School Faux Folk)

It might seem like I'm regressing to some Anglophile indie past, but I assure you, it's not 1984 and I won't be doing the 2013 equivalent of sharing with you the latest Rough Trade import of British obscura. The Lovely Eggs aren't everyone's cuppa, with a stripped down low-fi sound, bratty vocals, and punk sensibilities, the married duo, Holly Ross and David Blackwell, have an interesting mix of pop sensibilities fused with irreverence that can go off key (and in my opinion still pull it off).

A few years back, they came up with "Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?":


Given this video alone, I'd love to collaborate with them on a Fringe musical show with a good natured punk sneer along with pop culture references that reel people in. There are the haters, but I loved this comment on the above video in their defense:

"Why the obsession with slagging them off. I think they're great, at least they don't fake insincerity and hardship like most bollocks indie music out there. It's just crazy and fun. We don't all want Morrisey style depression or Mumford and Sons bullshit pseudo private school faux folk. Chill out. If you saw where this music came from you'd understand the bare bones nature and crazy lyrics. Lancaster is such a depressing place. This makes it happy." —ruadriob 
Indeed.

Monday, February 18, 2013

newmusicmonday #106:: Palma Violets

Not a flower and not a candy, Palma Violets are a find blend of UK garage rock tinged with some jangly post punk. The rousing "Best of Friends" (below) was NME's song of the year for 2012. Their début album on Rough Trade, 180, is out next week in the UK and on March 19th. in North America. They have two shows in NYC on May 9th. (Williamsburg Music Hall) and 10th. (Bowery Ballroom)—tickets.


Monday, February 11, 2013

newmusicmonday #105:: Faye

This installment of newmusicmonday is Faye, a band that hails from Sweden fronted by Faye Hamlin. The Guardian (UK) spotlighted her last May, but I just stumbled on her via The Line of Best Fit, reminding me of days of my youth when I'd find out about UK singles 6+ months after their release.

Some might find a musical similarity to Lana Del Rey. I actually have a soft spot for Lana. Maybe it has something to do with how Brian Williams self-immolated after torching her SNL performance, which I saw (tape delayed) on PST and have always thought he and the Twitterverse were being unduly harsh.

The quotidian lyrics wrought with emotion are what caught my ear. I'd like a bit of a different production style, but that's a matter of taste. Like Lana, there's a cinematic quality to her delivery and a presence that is engaging.