Here is this week's edition of our series of pop music from around the globe. We scout, so you don't have to. We won't make this saintly, because if you're reading this you haven't been raptured.
The fine young band known as Discopolis presented a bit of a dilemma for me as I was unsure whether to place them in a New Sounds of Scotland post, or a Midnight World Pop Scout post. Ultimately, I decided that the music was more house and than it was shoegaze, but obviously that is a subjective decision and it really doesn't matter much as long as I bring them to your attention.
Discopolis - Lofty Ambitions by discopolismusic
Discopolis are Fergus Cook (synth/vocals), Laurie Corlett Donald (synth/guitar), Dave Lloyd (synth/drumsfx), and Louise Kernaghan (photograph). The band lists their style as "House/Alternative/Shoegaze", but also allows that it sounds like "digital fucking".
Discopolis - Summer Nightmares by discopolismusic
This Edinburgh-based group is one of the unsigned bands chosen to play the T in the Park festival this summer. If you like their tracks above, check out the Soundcloud link below. There are seven tracks, all added this year.
Another Scottish musician I've switched to the Midnight World Pop Scout roster is Drums of Death, who signs his checks "Colin Bailey". Bailey's music is released on the Greco-Roman label. He has actively gigged, recorded and remixed since 2008.
"Got Yr Thing and LFO of My Heart" live on the BBC:
Drums of Death performs with black and white paint on his face. Apparently there is a rumor that he is the object of a voodoo curse and his heart has been replaced by a drum machine. I'm personally not giving odds better than 50/50 on that one.
"Lonely Days" from his 2010 album, Generation Hexed:
"Everything All At Once"
I think that this week we'll end with something a bit more mellow--music from the soulful TD Lind. Lind is an Englishman who has been living in Los Angeles for the past several years. He composed the score for a recent indie film called "Feed the Fish", which included songs from his album Call Me Sinner.
Here is "Goodnight from Hollywood", live from The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood in 2010:
Following is the trailer for his new album The Outskirts Of Prosper on the Dramatico label:
Mr. Lind is new to me, but I think he bears further investigation. What do you think?
Stream Call Me Sinner here:
Call Me Sinner by TD Lind