It seems a good time to talk about Terry. You see, there is a new band down in Melbourne called Terry, and they have released a three song 7" record conveniently titled Talk About Terry, via Upset The Rhythm. Our musical introduction is via the title track, which you can stream below. To my ears it has jangling, DIY sound with a few ragged edges and an urgent vibe, which is a sound I like. The male and female vocals trade off pleasantly, and I'm happy to provide my expert opinion that this is a project form which we'd like to hear quite a bit more.
The band members, all of whom are members of multiple other bands, are Al Monfort (Total Control, Dick Diver), Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School of Radiant Living), and Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band).
Order page for "Talk About Terry"
Upset The Rhythm
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Turid Alida Solberg and Andreas Lønmo Knudsrød. Talk/Brag will be out on January 29 via Killing Moon Records, and we will discuss it more around the release date. For now, feast your ears on the gospel pop of "Runimals".
Killing Moon Records
Killing Moon Records
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Eyelid Kid is a delightful dream pop EP that found its way to my inbox recently. Created by San Diego duo Inspired And The Sleep with the help of some talented collaborators, the record is full of psyche-pop frills, clever hooks and an excellent and persistent groove. Its six tracks will delight and engage you, and the video for "Die Slow" is a visual treat of the highest order (without providing gratuitous nudity). And the generous creators are offering the EP for the popular 'name your price' at the Bandcamp link below.
Inspired And The Sleep is, at its core, Max Greenhalgh and Bryce Outcault. Other players are David Mead, Zachary Elliott, Ryan Linvill, and Sarah De La Isla.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Check out a few songs below, or go to the Bandcamp link and take a test drive with the Lame Drivers. You may just fine yourself choosing Chosen Era.
Bandcamp for Chosen Era
Monday, January 11, 2016
The poignant and self-effacing "Mr. Music" previously was released as a single, and I've sung its praises here and here. The sly "My Right Hand" adds an upbeat country rock twist. The fourth song is the quiet and exquisite "Perfect Life", which always gets at least two replay presses from me. The first half of the album ends with the chugging "The Getting There".
The second half of the album commences with one of my favorites, "Very Good Lock", which refers to the narrator's penchant for keeping his feelings locked inside. "Good Enough" is a spiritual cousin to classic country laments. Spilt Milk closes with three excellent folk pop songs, "There It Goes", "Sleeping Tiger", and "Oh You". Of the three, "Oh You" probably would win the most votes as one of the album's stronger tracks, but a sign of Astor's consistency as a songwriter is that it wouldn't be a unanimous choice. For me, this is the kind of album that finds its way into almost permanent rotation in my collection. The songs are simple, but infused with keen observations and years of experience.
In addition to Peter Astor, the players on the album include James Hoare (Veronica Falls, Ultimate Painting, The Proper Ornaments), who played multiple instruments and recorded the album in his flat, Pam Berry, Jack Hayter, Alison Cotton, Robin Christian, and Susan Milanovic. When he isn't writing and performing music, Astor teaches, researches and writes about music as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster. He also has written about the album Blank Generation by Richard Hell and the Voidoids for the Bloomsbury 33 1/3 series.
Spilt Milk is out now via Slumberland Records in North America and Fortuana POP! in UK/Europe.