I’ve been digging through some old writing today and found these short little music reviews that I’d planned for an Almost Famous blog post, but possibly never got round to publishing. It’s been good fun going back through this and rediscovering some great tracks I’d long since forgotten about. Enjoy.
Wildfowl – Carousel
Do us a favour…Actually no, scrap that. Do yourself a favour. Close this blog, open your Spotify, listen to the monstrous collection of brilliant insanity known as Wildfowl’s Carousel.
Now, close your eyes and drink in the delirious joys of opening track Shackles, the thick slippery bass line of songs like Half Cut or title track Carousel or the harsh, dirty riff of She Opened Her Legs.
After that, come back here, and if Wildfowl aren’t the the best thing you’ve heard in ages we’ll give you twenty quid.
Scott Wilcox – Holiday Road
It’s been a long time since we last caught up with Scott Wilcox, far too long in fact.
So, naturally we were thrilled when the man we first saw stealing the show (and the heart’s of the audience) in his victory at the Dylan Days 2012 singer/songwriter contest first posted this new track to his Facebook page.
Drenched in sweet, sticky blues, this wonderful slab of dusky Americana is a perfect example of why Wilcox is by far one of our favourite songwriters; his lyrics tell captivating stories over thick, warm acoustic guitars which pull you right into Scott’s world.
A great song indeed.
LittleCrazy – End With You
Even if this isn’t the sort of thing we’d normally enjoy, there’s very little to find fault with when it comes to Littlecrazy’s emotionally-charged pop-rock, and End With You is no exception.
Lush, grandiose , acoustic-guitar laden guitar pop with all the power and polished delivery you could ask for.
Translucid – Echos
OK, so it was months ago that Translucid first posted this track on Youtube, but we always get round to great music eventually, and so it is that this week we find ourselves lost in the fuzzy psychedelia of Echos.
At times sort of what we’d imagine Kyuss would sound like if they were born of the UK’s Madchester movement rather than the Californian desert, this is pure, debauched rock ‘n’ roll in the best possible sense.
My Pet Dragon – Release
Every now and again, a band very kindly follows us on Twitter and we decide to check out their music.
Pouring through the tunes of New Yorkers My Pet Dragon, we found a great deal to enjoy, every original song blessed by the talented touch of master songwriters and delivered with a certain sense of shimmering joy.
Then we came across this cover of Pearl Jam’s Release and, being huge PJ fans anyway, gave it a listen at once.
Good Pearl Jam covers are hard to come by, but MPD’s version of Release goes beyond good and into the realms of pure brilliance.
Kudos where it’s surely deserved then, this is an absolute pleasure to listen to.
Black Tea House – Across The Line
How can anybody not like Ausie outfit Black Tea House and their sprightly guitar pop.
On tracks like this shiny, upbeat gem, with its crisp guitars bouncing on the back of a slithery bass line and fresh, invigorating vocals, the group display a knack for crafting catchy, enthralling pop that slaps a big fat smile right across your chops.