New Soundbites: February 12-25 (album reviews)


The Getintothis Twitter-inspired Twakeover: making 140 characters work for their money.

Extra Golden: Thank You Very QuicklyAlbum of the Week
Thrill Jockey
Aptly-named this lot, radiating smiles by the bucketload. Imagine Mahavishnu Orchestra & Fela Kuti jamming in Nairobi & you’re nearly there.
For fans of: Freshly squeezed juice, afro-jazz fusion, summer grooves.
Catch em at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on March 4 as part of the African Soul Rebels tour.

Empire of the Sun: Walking On A Dream
Virgin Records
Not nearly as good as Sleepy Jackson; Mr Steele covers MGMT by way of Labyrinth before runnin out of steam. Film poster cover art sucks too.
For fans of: Dressing up boxes, schizophrenia, Parade.

Emmy The Great: First Love
Close Harbour
If you’re attentive after 45 minutes of this positively ungreat leafy folk you’re made of stern stuff. Laura Marling‘s position is safe. Zzz.
For fans of: Sunday school homework, car ad musik, Vashti Bunyan.

Easter Parade

Phantom Band: Checkmate Savage
Chemikal Underground
Neu! theyd have u believe, bah! This is The nearly Earlies: beats yeh but real beauty rests in the more conventional 8-minuter Islands. Dig.
For fans of: Wind-up watches, Beta Band, T-1000.

War Child: Heroes
Lacks wowzer of Help but consistently ace. Highs: Elbow‘s U2, Lily‘s Clash, Hot Chip‘s camped-up Joy Division & Hold Steady‘s Springbean : )
For fans of: Good times for good causes.




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