No, it may have seemed otherwise recently but certainly not dead.
I’ve been in something of a bind – a lack of time, no resolution to the Fileden issue and a lack of a clear idea of where I want to take the blog (if anywhere) . These have all contributed to the unprecedented gap between posts.
Normally in situations like this I would do a quick post and shove up an MP3 to tide me over. But the Fileden problems scupper that approach.
So finally a little about a couple of albums I downloaded in June, in amongst the deluge of good CD purchases.
Now, I may have used the word ‘twee’ about Zoey van Goey at some point (I’m pretty sure I did) but if their debut LP ‘The Cage Was Unlocked All Along’ does little to dispel that notion, it’s still a fine pop LP. And there’s a little more darkness perhaps than might have been expected. As the video for ‘City is Exploding’ illustrates:
Spookily enough, just as I was drafting this post, the LP has been picked up by Chemikal Underground for a wider release in October. Well deserved.
Another LP to catch the ears in an unexpected way in June was Beerjacket’s ‘Animosity’. Initially I was disappointed in the record, not because of the quality of the songwriting but because it seemed just to consist of voice and guitars. Paying more attention, however there is a subtle backing to the two leads and after a few listens it’s kind of wormed its way into my consciousness. So, again, it’s highly recommended. [Download it]
I promise there won’t be two more weeks plus before the next posting.