Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Round Up Reviews #2

The inbox is starting to overflow again with the wealth of submissions I've had recently, coupled with me being a very bad blogger and not doing nearly enough writing of late, which means it must be time for another installment of Round Up Reviews.
Basically short write ups on stuff I can't or won't have a chance to write about in detail. The first one is here, should you want to read it.

The Recovery Club - Rest And Be Thankful (Single)
So tender and fragile you suspect a strong wind would take it off into the air, this is a pretty gorgeous wee single. Not one to get the blood pumping, but a lovely wee listen. Must stop calling songs lovely, but all three tracks on the single fit the word. Also, hop over to Kowalskiy's blog to read a wee interview with them.
Rest And Be Thankful is released on July 5th by Antimatter Music.

Fiona Soe Paing - Deep Song:
Sort of ethereal electronica. Reminds me a wee bit of Portishead, helped out by Fiona's striking, distinctive vocals. Quite lovely really.
Deep Song is included on Songs From No Man's Land EP, available soon here.

Comma - Comma EP
Intricate math/post-rock that reminds me a bit of the parts of Tortoise that I like? Yeah, I'll have some f that please. If you need vocals with your music then stay away, it is all instrumental. Otherwise, check the EP out, it's a really strong debut.
Comma's self titled debut EP is available as a free download from Black Lantern Music.

Super Adventure Club - Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle (Single)
Mental. Brilliant. I have almost no idea how to describe Super Adventure Club without using those two words. A-side Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle sounds like about five different songs stuck together, in a good way. There's a pair of non album b-sides too, which are a bit less manic, but only a bit. Massively entertaining, and highly recommended.
Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle is out now on CD & download from Armellodie Records, you can buy it here.

The Son(s) - Radar
Light and airy, 60sish, folky pop. They've got a certain knack for luring you in to a song that starts off all nice and gentle before hitting you with something unexpected too, be it crashing drums, a squeal of electric guitar or something else. Cracking vocal harmonies too, I love a harmony. Really good, and also rather lovely.
The Radar EP is available as a free download from Bandcamp.

Dems - Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce
I've been meaning to give this a mention for ages, but as noted at the start, I'm not a very good blogger. Dems is a one man Edinburgh based but not really Scottish outfit. This is a cracking wee electro pop number, with more hooks than a prize fight. Ace wee song, go get it.
Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce can be downloaded free from Soundcloud or Bandcamp.

Mammoeth - LapDog
I'll be getting back to Mammoeth more later, a little closer to the release date of the upcoming Nascent album, but for now here;s a little teaser for that record. Lapdog is the first track on the album, and sets the tone nicely. A slice of gorgeous sun-kissed pop, perfect for the nice sunny weather. Puts me in mind a bit of Super Furry Animals at their poppiest, which is no bad thing at all.
Nascent is released on Juy 26th, you can pre-order and stream the album on Bandcamp.

Xavier and the Bastard - Ask Us About Hip-Hop
Stumbled across this while trawling Bandcamp at 3am one night/morning while bored, something I do too often to really be healthy. First two tracks are alright, but not really my thing, thrashy rock. The closing track, a cover of MIA's Born Free is dumb fun which put a smile on my face though, and so merits a wee mention here at least.
Ask Us About Hip-Hop is available as a free download from Bandcamp.

Nothing really awful seems to have found its way to me recently, or if it has I haven't kept hold of it, so there's nothing for me to slate this time round. That doesn't do any good to my "he likes everything" reputation. Someone send me something rubbish I can rip into please. Preferably by a band who I'll never meet, or who are incapable of giving me a sound beating at some point.


  1. Hi Jim,

    I'm the drummer in Comma and I just wanted to say thanks for the kind words! I'm not sure where you're based but we're playing a few shows this summer in Edinburgh and Glasgow and it'd be great to see you there! Thanks again,


  2. Hi Niall, thanks for stopping bye! I've got an eye on the Glasgow gig on the 12th, hopefully I'll make it along.