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Dream Boys: Dream Boys (2013)

Más olvidos para el día de hoy: el debut de la banda de Los Angeles Dream Boys. Un grupo que hace bandera del Jangle-Pop de toda la vida. De los sonidos más cristalinos heredados de The Byrds pasados por el tamiz de la Escocia o la Nueva Zelanda de los noventa, con el toque justo de bandas como REM o The La´s. Todo un ejercicio de estilo rejuvenecido y puesto al día convenientemente, pues en ningún momento empalaga su sonido o deja de interesar su trabajo. Bandas como Real Estate matarían por temas como Through and Through.
Esperaremos más noticias de ellos.

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29 julio, 2014 Posted by | Dream Boys | Deja un comentario

Blood Sister: ‡ (2013)

Realizar un blog como este una sola persona es una tarea absolutamente artesanal a la que me encantaría dedicarle más tiempo del que puedo. Quiero decir esto porque no puedo oír, digerir y además opinar sobre la mayor parte de los discos que van apareciendo en el mercado. Y es por ello que suelo tener olvidos como éste de Blood Sister, un disco absolutamente arrebatador de Noise cavernoso, temas inspirados y melodías oscuras. Su título (impronunciable): ‡. No os lo perdáis.

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Celéstica: Círculos perfectos (Ep, Autoeditado, 2014)

Círculos Perfectos cover art

“Aceptando la definición de la geometría euclídea, un círculo es el lugar geométrico de los puntos del plano cuya distancia a otro punto fijo, llamado centro, es menor o igual que una cantidad constante, llamada radio. Bonito, ¿no? Cuanto menos, interesante…
Aunque, lo que de verdad resulta de interés a la hora de querer hablar del círculo y su belleza, es disfrutar de la nueva dimensión que la susodicha figura redonda adquiere en manos de un grupo que, optando por hacer del geométrico dibujo una insignia en forma de título, presenta ahora su nuevo EP: Círculos Perfectos (2014).
Ellos, los circulares autores en cuestión, no son otros que Celéstica, un dúo formado por Juan Sebastián Alarcón y Sol Pindado en 2010 tras la desaparición de su grupo anterior, Murmur, con el que publicaron dos discos (“Seasize” en 2005 y “My glass isn´t half-full, it isn´t half-empty, it’s broken” en 2008), y que ahora llegan para, a partir del salto al español y a ritmo de guitarra y tecla, continuar un prometedor camino que cuenta con dos paradas ya transitadas: su primer EP “Mil dolores y uno más” (enero 2012) y su sucesor “Viajes de verano” (julio 2012).
Así, tras la previa declaración de intenciones que supuso su primer Ep y con la posterior consolidación de su sonido en el segundo, Círculos Perfectos pone la guinda a un proceso de formalización de un sonido propio y de carácter personal, o aún más, a una forma de transmitir que ha ido solidificándose también a nivel técnico con la complementación de otros miembros –concretamente atendemos a las incorporaciones de Paco Ramírez (batería) y Paco FJ (bajo)- y que les ha permitido mantenerse siempre fieles a su apuesta por un pop elaborado, de arreglos cuidados, y de riguroso control en cada paso.
A partir de ahí, huelga decir que los cuatro temas –autoeditados, ¡olé, que nada nos detenga!- que componen la presente y última entrega no desmienten aquella primera impresión que tuvimos al conocer a ésta, una banda que nos hizo a las veces de “vía de escape”, de ensoñador camino hacia un mundo que entonces nos presentaron y al que hoy nos invitan.
Mundo en el que, por cierto, encontraremos desde cantos a la libre y metafórica huida –con referencia a la circular figura carente de lados, como ocurre en Círculos Perfectos-, hasta imperativos llamamientos al descubrimiento frente al otro –“desnudemos nuestras almas, descubramos las heridas”, como se sugiere en Capaz de ver, en un tono más guitarrero-; todo ello pasando por confesiones de carácter sincero y añorante –“escondido en mi interior, guardo la colección, con todas tus sonrisas”, en Casi invencibles- y culminando en un ingrávido clima elaborado entre el inicial minimalismo y la final explosión sonora –así es el broche que pone Refugio invernal-.
Circular aventura de perfecta geometría” (Sandro Maciá, Letras en Vena)

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28 julio, 2014 Posted by | Celéstica | Deja un comentario

Chorusgirl: Oh, to be a defector (Single, 2013)

Ah, precioso hook de guitarra para acentuar un estribillo machacón y absolutamente arrebatador. Chorusgirl es un combo formado por Silvi, Caroline, Udo, Mike & Diogo. No parece que tengan demasiado empeño en publicar discos, pues su Soundcloud tan sólo contiene dos temas, pero eso sí: puro Jangle´n´Roll (¡me quedo con la etiqueta!).

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27 julio, 2014 Posted by | Chorusgirl | Deja un comentario

Candy Claws: Ceres & Calypso (2014)

“Ceres was a forgotten beast. She was the only one of her kind, a small seal composed of bones and snow. She had an invisible cloak and she had a secret appearance. Her white fur was translucent and illusory. Beware her inaudible sigh! Ceres was associated with time travel and caverns.” -p. 5 

“Rolling inward in wild white billows, the waves devoured the front end of the ship, and the wind tore away the sails and the mast, flinging them high into the flashing sky. Calypso clutched wildly for the railing, and all around her the dark green feeling danced and flew.” -p. 47 

“In a time before time, Ceres and Calypso began wandering the depths of the world.” -p. 202 

Please Note: 

Two additional fragments of manuscript were discovered in the same dig as those of “Blood Ark” and the Sues Zephyrosaurus, preserved in strata a few hundred million years older. They are written in the hand of a child still learning cursive: 

“I’m climbing to be your one in a million” 

“Across the Valley of the Sun / I close my eyes / Is she still there?” 

-followed by “Bridge climber (you can hardly see me)”

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27 julio, 2014 Posted by | Candy Claws | Deja un comentario

Retro-Visor – Buzzcocks: Another music in a different kitchen (United Artits, 1978)

Another Music in a Different KitchenHace dos semanas se produjo el triste final como grupo de Ramones, con la muerte de su último componente original vivo. Hoy nos apetece ponernos de nuevo speedicos y ponernos a bricar pogo con la música frenética de Buzzcocks. Los de Manchester fueron otra de las puntas del iceberg que el Punk sembró a lo largo del universo musical, en este caso en el Reino Unido. 
Another music in a different kitchen fue su primer trabajo. Quince cañonazos absolutamente energizantes en el que destacan sus dos sencillos: Orgasm addict y What do I get?

“General judgment holds the Buzzcocks‘ peerless singles, the definition of punk-pop at its finest, as the best expression of their work. However, while the singles showcased one particular side of the band, albums like the group’s long-playing debut Another Music showcased the foursome’s other influences, sometimes brilliantly. The big secret is Shelley‘s worship of Krautrock’s obsessive focus on repetition and rhythm, which transforms what would be “simply” basic punk songs into at-times monstrous epics. The ghost of Can particular hovers even on some of the shorter songs — unsurprising, given Shelley‘s worship of that band’s guitarist Michael Karoli. “Moving Away From the Pulsebeat” is the best instance of this, with a rumbling Maher rhythm supporting some trancelike guitar lines. As for the sheer rush of pop craziness, Another Music is simply crammed with stellar examples. Lead-off track “Fast Cars” starts with the opening of Spiral Scratch‘s “Boredom”‘s intentionally hilarious two-note solo intact, before ripping into a slightly bemusing critique of the objects in question. Most of the similar tracks on the album may be more distinct for their speed, butShelley in particular always seems to sneak in at least one astonishing line per song, sometimes on his own and sometimes thanks to Devoto via older cowritten tunes redone for the record. One favorite standout: “All this slurping and sucking — it’s putting me off my food!” on “You Tear Me Up.” Top all this off with any number of perfect moments — the guitar work during the breaks on “Love Battery,” the energizing yet nervous coda of “Fiction Romance,” the soaring angst throughout “I Don’t Mind” — andAnother Music flat out succeeds” (All Music)

26 julio, 2014 Posted by | Buzzcocks | Deja un comentario

The Mary Onettes: Portico (Labrador, 2014)

Mopey Melodies

Día dedicado hoy al Pop escandinavo. Durante estos últimos años, por esos lares han tenido a bien facturar algunos de los sonidos más elegantes, refinados y atractivos. Es cierto también que algunas de esas bandas han optado por tomar algunas vías de escape más cercanas al Ambient o incluso a la Electrónica.
Algo así ha ocurrido con The Mary Onettes. Su sonido es algo así como una recreación de ciertos sonidos de los ochenta: guitarras atemperadas, teclados en primer plano, ambientes algo melancólicos e incluso fríos. Y también es cierto que un trabajo como Portico (Labrador, 2014), si no fuera por banderines de enganche como Naive Dream, quizás caería en su interés. El resto de cortes no están a la altura de este sencillo extraído para ser continuación de su exitoso Hit the Waves (Labrador, 2013).

 

“After making the best record of their career in 2013 with Hit the Wavesthe Mary Onettes returned quickly with the Portico EP. Rather than sounding like a stopgap between full albums as many EPs do, the set is a fully realized, tightly constructed work that scales back some of the sonic explorations of Waves while still retaining the punchy, hooky songs. Starting off with one of the best songs they’ve written, “Silence Is a Gun,” the Ekström brothers showcase their ever improving songwriting skills and their way with a synthy, gloomy hook. The best moments are when they hook their mopey melodies to a fast-moving rhythm track, as on “Silence” and the pulsing “Naive Dream,” and hit a kind of New Order-in-a-snowstorm sweet spot. There are also a couple of moments where the brothers aim for something more glacially epic (“Bells for Stranger”) and majestically sad (“Ritual Mind”) and they hit the mark there, too. Portico is another nice step in the band’s progression and shows that Hit the Waves wasn’t a lucky fluke; they have the goods to make some truly great modern synth pop and come very close again here” (All Music)

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25 julio, 2014 Posted by | The Mary Onettes | Deja un comentario

Cocoanut Groove: How to build a maze (Fortuna Pop! Single, 2014)

“How to Build a Maze” is the title track from the second album from Cocoanut Groove, due for release on 4 November. Fronted by Olov Antonsson, it’s their first as a full band, the debut album Madeleine Street (2008) having essentially been a solo project. Hailing from the North of Sweden, Antonsson wears his1960s baroque pop influences on his sleeve, along with traces of latter day guitar pop like The Smiths and The Clientele, and folk acts like Vashti Bunyan and Nick Drake.

The songs for How to Build a Maze were written and recorded over quite a long period of time. Bleaker and less naive than their debut it’s still no great departure, with Olov continuing to strive for 60s pop perfection, attempting to write something as beautiful as “Beechwood Park” by The Zombies or “World Of You” by The Aerovons. As well, there are quite a few traditional Swedish folk melodies hidden on the album, like the ones you find on the album “Jazz på svenska” by Swedish pianist Jan Johansson.

Recorded in various places around Olov’s hometown Umeå, with no professional recording studios involved whatsoever, the album is about getting lost in different ways – losing your way in city streets, losing friends and watching summers pass. The theme can be summed up by this simple definition from Wikipedia: “A maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route.”

Having taken their name from a Lovin’ Spoonful/Roger Nichols song, Cocoanut Groove formed in 2007 with Olov writing and recording the song “The End Of The Summer On Bookbinder Road”, which became their debut single. Olov writes all the songs and plays guitar, as well as bass, piano and whatever else is needed. Over the years (and on this record) he has been joined by Calle Thoor, Anton Runesson and William Andersson (drums), Josef Ringqvist (bass), Mattias Malm (guitar, keys, vocals, arrangements, percussion and whatnot), Ivar and Gunnar Lantz (strings) and Frida Danielsson (trumpet).

Cocoanut Groove follow in a grand tradition of Swedish indiepop, with a focus on melody and beauty, tinged with melancholy. From the long, dark winters to the respite of the dreamy summers, the songs talk of escaping the city and pining for the countryside, about unemployment and having nothing to do but drink coffee and watch the birds fly.

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25 julio, 2014 Posted by | Cocoanut Groove | Deja un comentario

The Citradels: Drone and Rethroned (2014)

Droned and Rethroned cover art

Mantras y Psicodelia

Como ya dijimos en alguna otra ocasión, The Citradels son una de esas bandas de las que te puedes enamorar nada más escuchando su nombre (como el de un viejo tema de la mejor época de los Rolling Stones), puesto que me evocan, directamente, Psicodelia, sonidos de los sesenta, evocación y viajes astrales.
Su sonido: simple, sencillo y efectivo. Drone, Psicodelia, mantras sonoros… Un álbum de lo más entretenido que puedes conseguir en la red, al precio que consideres oportuno.

“The Citradels like drone jams at 65bpm in D. We favour simplicity over technicality, atmosphere over noise and feeling over ability. We hope you enjoy what we have worked hard to create”

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24 julio, 2014 Posted by | The Citradels | Deja un comentario

Hot Glass: Melted (Ep, 2014)

El Shoegaze mola. Y mola más si un solo tipo se dedica a hacerlo en casa, con la quietud y la tranquilidad que da el llevarlo todo a tu terreno y controlar cada paso que das.
Ryan Balch es el responsable absoluto del sonido de Hot Glass, quienes publicaron a comienzos de este año este Melted, una pequeña recopilación de temas no aparecidos anteriormente. 

“a little collection of songs and covers which were played but not released from 2012/2013. a stop gap, you might say, before ep #2 so you don’t forget”

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23 julio, 2014 Posted by | Hot Glass | Deja un comentario

Saving Spires: We should be dead (Together) (Critical Heights, Single, 2014)

Fantasmagoría y Freak-Folk. Algo así suena este We should be dead (together), el sencillo que da nombre al último trabajo de los británicos Saving Spires.

“Savaging Spires pass through the songs like ghosts, drawn from the circle around since departed Midlands favorites Virgin Passages, make the most of whatever acoustic instruments might be at hand on these collected recordings. There is an exciting feeling inherent in the tracks that someone could walk into the room at any time and add percussion or piano or guitar or an additional octave in the soaring choruses. It is rare that songs of this depth and range can feel so loose – while also being delicate and swirling in intensity. You can feel the act of creation in every note or creak or cadence and it is intoxicating. The results are not overtly folk or psych or pop or rock yet they appeal to all of those senses at once. What they are is English, in the purest sense. Not London trying to be cool England, but the real England.” (Critical Heights)

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23 julio, 2014 Posted by | Saving Spires | Deja un comentario

Cheap Riot: Part time vacancy (Croque Macadam, Single, 2014)

Punk melódico, Punk-Pop… el sonido de Cheap Riot es algo así como un Garaje Pop de tintes Retro, temas divertidos y actitud desenfadada. Su portada te puede dar una pista…

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22 julio, 2014 Posted by | Cheap Riot | Deja un comentario

93 Million Miles From the Sun: White Noise Revisited 2007​/​2013 (2013)

A collection of the best bits of the last 6 years. 26 tracks of 93MillionMilesFromTheSun. Some previously un released, remastered and complete new versions of our favourite tracks!

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22 julio, 2014 Posted by | 93 Milions Miles from The Sun | Deja un comentario

Los Viernes: Los Viernes (Dice Discos, 2014)

Indie Pop desenfadado, con letras a medias entre ingenuas y algo surrealista, giros y variaciones musicales… y ese acento Rioplatense para este lunes en TJB.

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21 julio, 2014 Posted by | Los Viernes | Deja un comentario

Forever Pavot: Le Passeur d´Armes (Requiem por un Twister, Croque Macadam, 2014)

Música Psicodélica, música cinemática, música incidental… Forever Pavot son una banda con querencias Psicodélicas y sonoridades cercanas a Jacco Gardner o Ennio Morricone.

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20 julio, 2014 Posted by | Forever Pavot | Deja un comentario

Retro-Visor – John Coltrane: A love supreme (1965)

A Love Supreme“Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane‘s A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years (sadly, those would be his last). Recorded at the end of 1964, Trane‘s classic quartet of Elvin JonesMcCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date). From the undulatory (and classic) bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical yet emotionally varied soloing while the rest of the group is remarkably in tune withColtrane‘s spiritual vibe. Composed of four parts, each has a thematic progression leading to an understanding of spirituality through meditation. From the beginning, “Acknowledgement” is the awakening of sorts that trails off to the famous chanting of the theme at the end, which yields to the second act, “Resolution,” an amazingly beautiful piece about the fury of dedication to a new path of understanding. “Persuance” is a search for that understanding, and “Psalm” is the enlightenment. Although he is at times aggressive and atonal, this isn’t Trane at his most adventurous (pretty much everything recorded from here on out progressively becomes much more free, and live recordings from this period are extremely spirited), but it certainly is his best attempt at the realization of concept — as the spiritual journey is made amazingly clear. A Love Supreme clocks in at just over 30 minutes, but if it had been any longer it could have turned into a laborious listen. As it stands, just enough is conveyed. It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it” (All Music)

19 julio, 2014 Posted by | John Coltrane | Deja un comentario

Blank Realm: Grassed Inn (Fire Records, 2014)

Grassed Inn

Estos chicos de Brisbane facturaron a comienzos de año uno de los trabajos más eclécticos surgidos en los últimos tiempos en el panorama Indie. Para ello han tirado del manual Kiwi-Rock así como de material más cercano a la Psicodelia o al Rock más neoyorquino.
Sirva este post como recordatorio de que la banda gira en España los dos próximos días:

19 Julio: Debadada, San Sabastian
20 Julio: FIB Festival, Benicassim

Blank Realm‘s 2012 album Go Easy wasn’t widely released until the following year, so when Grassed Inn arrived at the beginning of 2014, it felt like the band’s creativity was running at a breakneck pace. While that wasn’t exactly true, Grassed Inn is still a marked leap forward. Go Easy suggested thatBlank Realm had more potential and ambition than many of the other bands reviving fuzzy college rock from the late ’80s and early ’90s, and the best moments here fulfill that promise. Lead track “Falling Down the Stairs” shows just how much they’ve progressed: brisk keyboards and crystalline guitars reflect the band’s dedication to pop (and their fondness for the Flying Nun sound), while the detours they take on the verse-chorus-verse path prove they haven’t cleaned up their act too much. This newfound focus extends to Grassed Inn‘s rangier tracks as well. “Bulldozer Love”‘s nearly nine-minute length feels purposeful instead of rambling, and the determined grooves here and the joyously anthemic opener “Back to Flood” feel like forces of nature. As Blank Realm‘s sound gets cleaner, their influences blur together in unexpected ways: the expansive repetition of “Even the Score” evokes the ecstatic chug of the Velvet Underground and Spiritualized as well as the Krautrock Motorik that has always inspired them. Grassed Inn also finds the band reveling in a wider range of sounds and textures; “Violet Delivery”‘s synths and drum machines add a different dimension to the band’s psychedelic haze even as they blend in perfectly. Perhaps more importantly, Blank Realm expand their palette of moods on Grassed Inn, and some of the album’s saddest moments are also the best. There’s a desperation in the screeching synth that pierces “Baby Closes the Door”‘s murky meditation on loss to its core, while “Reach You on the Phone” tangles tough and wistful sentiments into something thrillingly bittersweet. These trips to the dark side add even more depth to an album that’s a significant step forward for Blank Realm, and some of their most enjoyable music yet” (All Music)

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18 julio, 2014 Posted by | Blank Realm | Deja un comentario

Swervedriver: Deep wound (Single, 2013)

El primer material registrado de Swervedriver en quince años es este tremendo sencillo llamado Deep Wound. Los británicos supieron rodearse de gente de prestigio como Mark Gardener o Albert di Fiore para facturar este potente single a medio camino entre el Grunge y el Noise más contundente. 

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Departure Kids: Wanking too hard (Requiem por un Twister, Howling Banana Records; Single, 2014)

Power-Pop del de toda la vida. Jovencitos y desenfadados, su música destila energía y melodía: Beatles, Badfinger, Jam, Remains… te gustarán.

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