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Review – Splashh’s “Comfort”

Splashh’s “Comfort” is a solid record. This is not the first time Splashh have been promoted by YourMusicIsAwful, they’ve made multiple podcast playlists. This has gone down largely due to the strength of “All I Wanna Do“. A track that both Tyler and myself enjoy. While Tyler hasn’t gone deeper into the catalog… I took the plunge.

Much like Swim Deep, I was worried that if I scratched the surface I wouldn’t find much underneath. Their facebook page is usually updates of the band pulling faces before, during, or after drinking. I wouldn’t expect less from 20 something rock n rollers. However, I gave them a pass on the aesthetics because the image fit the tunes. The summer-ish tone of the record, coupled with the Kinky Wizards vocal styling lends itself to the boyish-school just got out feel. This may have to do with the bands Kiwi/Aussie/English make-up, or their need to create sunny music as an escape from Hackney. Either way, it works. They don’t seem out to push any musical boundaries, but simply do what they do well. Which seems to be such a tall order for most.You may be inclined to their sound whether you’re looking for surf rock, shoegaze, or straight-forward indie rock.

The 11 (10 plus bonus) track record easily has 5 singles, and I’ll leave it up to you to figure out to which tracks do I refer. In this day and age of simply having a decent single, mediocre follow-up, and an album’s worth of filler, Splashh (and I know we all share the same hope that the extra ‘h’ is a legal necessity) have rendered “Comfort” an effort worthy of your cash. If you’re stingy, “Sun-Kissed Bliss” has been offered as a free download, but note that if you’re in the US it is the “bonus” track. So just splurge, blow your allowance and pick up the entire album.

Verve – Slide Away / The Thaw Sessions

Lead single from the brilliant album, A Storm In Heaven. The boys never should have abandoned this style.

Longtime listeners of the podcast know how I feel about The Verve and the direction that they took starting with “A Northern Soul.” But if you’re unaware, the early EP, singles and the debut album were amazing. Sadly, after those releases they never properly recaptured the sound that made them an important band to begin with.

While the album “Forth” is… well, a band attempting to re-establish relevance and a weak lob of an attempt at that, The Thaw Sessions, released for free just prior to Forth, actually managed to signal hope that Verve hadn’t entirely lost their bearings. That hope was quickly erased upon the release of Forth.

Luckily, we have the incredible legacy of Verve’s catalog prior to the release of “A Northern Soul.” They were masters of creative, blissed out soundscapes meshed with fantastic hooks.

Episode 173 feat. Jon from SULK with EXCLUSIVE SULK TRACK

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keep_calm_featured173Jon Sutcliffe, lead singer of SULK, joins us once again and this time he’s brought an exclusive edit of SULK’s “End Time.” More details on their forthcoming album, “Graceless”, are buried in the episode as well.

PLAYLIST:
Ride – Birdman
Elastica – Line Up
Charlatans – Happen To Die (Long Version)
The Telescopes – Celeste
Drop Nineteens – Winona
SULK – End Time Danger Mix
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – When Jokers Attack
Exit Calm – Rapture
The People’s Revolutionary Choir – The Breeze That Blows
The Lucy Show – Melody
The Field Mice – Emma’s House
Julian Cope – Head Hang Low
The Verve – A Man Called Sun
Suede – Sleeping Pills
SULK – Flowers – Get this track for free from SULKTHEBAND.COM

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DOWNLOAD: Troubadour Dali – “Heavy Feather”

When it comes to music, I’m not only picky, I’m fickle.  Troubadour Dali is my new favorite band of the moment and their songs “Washaway” and “Heavy Feather” are my new favorite songs of the moment.  The  St. Louis quintet, made up of Kevin Bachman, Drew Bailey, Ben Hinn, Andy Kahn and Benjamin Marsh, plays poppy, melodic, psychedelic, shoegaze influenced music.  Troubadour Dali  will release their second album, Let’s Make It Right, August 8th on St. Louis’ Euclid Records’ eponymous record label, Euclid Records.

Click here to download Troubadour Dali – “Heavy Feather”

Incidentally, if you liked “Heavy Feather,” you can listen to two tracks from the upcoming release,  “Pale Glow” and “Washaway,” by clicking here.

WATCH and DOWNLOAD: The Bavarian Druglords (TBD) – “Leaf”

As far as I can tell, The Bavarian Druglords (TBD) are pretty much Syed Druglord and his sometimes drummer/collaborator.  Although TBD have Facebook and MySpace pages, information about the band is limited.  Most of what I learned was via Pete Cogle’s interview of Syed  from December of 2010.  Syed claims Detroit as his hometown, but is currently based in Brooklyn. He started his own record label, Kill Art Movement, for the single purpose of unleashing himself upon the world.

Although loosely fitting, Syed doesn’t especially like the terms psychedelic or shoegaze to describe his music.  Instead, he finds the term “hollowrock” more interesting than the former labels.  So what is hollow rock?  Check it out below.

Click here to download The Bavarian Druglords – “Leaf”

DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms – “Sugar”

If you are a regular listener of the Danger Radio podcast at yourmusicisawful.com, then The Young Prisms debut full-length album, Friends for Now, on Kanine records, will be new but familiar territory to you.  The Young Prisms ably represent the current crop of shoegazey, neo-psychedelic acts from California (we can argue about labels later).   Overall, you can expect distorted, contrasting, layered guitars that rise and fall, echoing drums, and vocals that add another layer of sound – don’t expect decipherable lyrics.  The music borrows from bands like Lush and the Jesus and Mary Chain, but two tracks in particular, “Eleni” and “Sugar,” sound like a fun house mirror reflection of what a collaboration among  Brian Wilson, Phil Spector and Kim Deal might have sounded like.

Click here to download Young Prisms – “Sugar”