Having embraced a lot of noise last week, this week’s listening pleasure kicked off with the debut album by the People Taking Pictures (see review here), a jazzy/hip hop/psychedelic laid affair which has had quite a few listens on account of it being really rather good.
The lovely people at Vicious Circle Records sent me a preview copy of Slift’s new album which we’ll review and publish in February and also some music by other artists on the label, including Lysistrata who meld the sounds of The Cure in their early days with Nirvana at their noisiest. Lysistrata’s second album ‘Breathe in/Breathe out’ which came out in October, has been another great find, a real ball of noise and youthful angst and energy.
Having looked at some of the other acts on Slift’s UK label Stolen Body Records, I noticed that US band Shadow Show released a new single ‘Charades’ this week and gave it a listen – it’s very good, sixties sounding and taken from their forthcoming album. Another band with an album out soon is Pet Crow who have been getting played a lot – their first album is pretty good and the single taken from the new album ‘What we Doin?’ is a cracker so hopefully the album will maintain the same high standard.
Finally, Happy Couple, who supported the Murder Capital on their tour last year, have also released a new single ‘Feel Better’ which has had a few plays. I remembered it as the highlight of their live set when I saw them at the Shacklewell Arms supporting Treeboy and Arc (although they only played for 20 minutes!) and its very much in Sonic Youth territory if you like that sort of thing.
Here’s this week’s playlist with links to videos:
Shadow Show - Charades
People Taking Pictures - Adventure Shit
Pet Crow - What we doin?
Lysistrata - Different Creatures
Happy Couple - Feel Better
The Fiver playlist will be updated each day next week.