Timothy van Sas
Timothy van Sas

Monday, 14 June 2010

Los Campesinos! - Straight In at 101

Since arriving with a bang onto the music scene back in 2008 with their debut album Now Hold On Youngster, Los Campesinos have wasted little time in recording a follow up and even a third album. Such prolific songwriting can sometimes diminish the quality of the work. The opposite is true of these guys.

There third long player 'Romance Is Boring' takes the best elements from their first two albums and amalgamates them into the my favourite record of the year thus far. I could have picked any pretty much any song to blog off the new album and after some deliberation I settled on Straight In at 101.

The song reminds me of various ex-girlfriends. Where things hadn't been going so well and we had laid in bed together bemoaning how our lives were, instead of making love. With neither of us being comfortable in the relationship or our own skins and how frustrating our constant psychoanalysis of each other was.

Its these feelings that the band capture to magnificent effect on this track. Each line feels like a snippet of conversations or actions that i've had in my various failed relationships over the last 8 years. The depressing thing from a personal point of view is that whilst i've cared for all of them, I know i haven't really been in love with any of them.

You can buy Romance is Boring from 7digital

Straight In At 101.mp3

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Zola Jesus - I Can't Stand

I've been reading a lot about Zola Jesus in the last few months. Everywhere in the music press keeps telling that they are gonna be 'great' which is fine, except everytime i've heard one of their tracks i've been left feeling underwhelmed.

So I was especially surprised to find this song last week, which I absolutely love. I put it on in the afternoons after i return home from work and let it wash over me whilst I catch up on personal e-mails.

It feels like Nika Rosa Danilova is singing directly at me, helping to release all my anxieties about about being single, about work and what the future holds, you know the things you think about when your bored and browsing the net at work.

She sings "It's not easy to fall in love, but if your lucky you just might someone" and "it's not easy to let it all go, but once in a while its good for your soul" And when she states me "so don't let it get you down" that "In the end your only one" I start to feel better.

And by the time she finishes the song by repeating "It's gonna be alright" I feel ready to believe her.

I Can't Stand.mp3

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Jim Lockey - Atlases

Jim Lockey is one splendid fellow indeed. I had the great pleasure of getting drunk with him for an entire week last summer and to use one of his phrases it was a 'Safe' week.

Between now and then i have constantly listened to and recommended his brand of punk folk music to as many people as would listen. To be honest its not a hard sell when someone sounds as good as this.

This version of Atlases is taken from his Album of the same name. If you think its sounds  familiar its because Jim released an acoustic recording of this track last summer on broken tail records split EP exclamation at asterisk hash. In its new guise its lost none of its lustre. Jim's voice is as emotive and tuneful as it ever was and the growl in the line "And suits that fight like lions" is as good as it is live.

The song has benefited from the addition of a full band arrangement and i can safely say this is one my favourite tracks of the year thus far.

Atlases by Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun is out on the 5th of June.


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Ami-Beth Phipps - Eat Out Of The Cans

Last year I went on a whistle stop tour of the UK to watch my good pal Ben Marwood promote his split EP with Jim Lockey and Oxygen Thief. It was one of the best weeks off work I’ve had in years and although my liver wouldn’t agree I would to do it all again at some point in the future.

Anyway along the travels of last year we rocked up to the Mothers Ruin in Bristol where an all day music event had been organized. During the course of the day a young lady by the name of Ami-Beth Phipps took to the stage. Outside of the guys I was following she was easily the best new act I discovered that week.

I snaffled an MP3 of her hauntingly amazing song ‘Eat Out of the Cans’ as soon as I returned home and have been eagerly waiting for more recordings ever since. Until then I thought I’d share this rare treat with y’all as it has been one of my favorite tracks of the last 12 months.

If you’d like to hear a bit more of Ami then head over to our sibling site at www.editradio.org and play podcast 22, which is hosted by a drunken Ami and her friend Pete.

Eat Out Of Cans.mp3