♪ Something We Heard Today

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RADIOHEAD HAVE A NEW SONG! AND IT’S… oh, forget it! This song has been heard over 16 million times on YouTube, the new album has now been out for a month or so now, and it’s no longer trending, or in vogue or whatever the heck you crazy kids call it! Regardless of my tardiness, this is an amazing song that many people more intelligent and sophisticated than I have harped on about already, but I simply cannot get enough of those pizzicato strings, or the wonderful contrast between the more serene verses and the twisted chorus. Bravo, good sirs of Radiohead!

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Something We Heard Before

OH MY GOD, THE AVALANCHES ARE BACK! ‘Tis the season for musical resurgence it seems, what with Radiohead releasing an altogether spiffing new track (and album) that I’ve yet to post about because I am quite the dunderhead, and now with the Avalanches FINALLY announcing that a new album is out next month! Oh happy days!

For the uninitiated or those who have forgotten, the Avalanches are an Australian electronic outfit, known for releasing only one, supremely excellent album in 2000 and then vanishing without a peep for many, many years. News of a follow-up album always persisted, and the flood gates have now finally broken! Here is the first single from the new album, which seems to carry the air of a Parov Stelar track, but more importantly, it suggests that something pretty awesome is on its way come July 8…

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I think it’s time to shake up this ol’ bloggy blog thing with some new posts! Am I right? Anyone?

To the two people still reading, here’s a tune that’s guaranteed and certified to be fresh. I will have a very stern word to my friend (who’s in this group) if it is not the case! Allow me to introduce Saint Abbé, a Sydney-based group with tunes that flirt very sensually with funk, hip-hop and good ol’ fashioned alternative rock to create something delightfully smooth but still quite vivid.

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2016 has been an abysmally depressing year for music. To lose so many prominent, larger than life artists in such quick succession and at ages that that felt like there was so much more to come from them is truly heartbreaking. Unfortunately, we’ve had to do it all over again with the passing of Prince earlier this year.

Prince’s flamboyance and showmanship were matched by his infectious and varied musical output, which is exhibited beautifully in this wholly epic, sweeping track. He was a true talent, one of the truest to ever grace this world, and one that will continue to inspire and mesmerise artists and audiences to come.

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Remember Equador? I certainly don’t. Regardless of my shoddy memory, here is an earlier collaboration that Henry Binns (of Equador and Zero 7) did with Bo Bruce (of Equador and… Bo Bruce). It certainly has the feel of a Binns track, what with it being all dreamy and downtempo-y and stuff, but this one has a hint of mid-90s pop sensibility in those drums. It’s all brought together by Bruce’s incredibly lovely vocals, which just goes to prove that not all things connected to The Voice are terrible.

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Into the 80s we go! Figuratively, that is. Never go back, people. Anyway, take a healthy dose of synth drums and a gloriously sexy bass line and mix it with some more laid back, electronic tones and sultry singing and you’ve got yourself a winner! For Esmé has evidently followed this recipe with aplomb with a tune that simply begs to be listened to at night.

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Trying to lock down specific musical influences for artists these days is an inherently difficult task. I submit that this is an awesome thing: it means we’re all getting the equivalent of a musical menagerie with every new song that’s released. Not that we’re getting stuff that’s jam-packed with a thousand different styles and origins, but more that there’s a whole lot of interestin’ experimentin’ goin’ on.

With that, here are Methyl Ethel (so much fun to say), hailing from Australia with their blend of 80s electro-pop and darker synthetic tones and composition. It is all kinds of interesting and tingly, like a good coffee pared with an even better coffee.

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A touch of the downtempos? A touch of the David Bowies? Yes please! At least, that’s the kind of feel I get with this track from Toronto-based rockers, The Smoking Bells. And as we all know, my musical similes are 100% TOP NOTCH AND ACCURATE.

All that aside, this is a tremendously slick tune that sometimes feels like an amalgamation of a whole bunch of songs and styles you’ve heard before, and other times a completely unique experience. Regardless of how you feel about it at any given time, it damn sure isn’t going to put you to sleep.

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Oh my god, it just gets better! I am in aural bliss! Much drooling has occurred! SOMEONE SEND HELP!

Ahem. Allow me to regain my composure. Following on from yesterday’s wonderfulness, here is another track from Equador, which is even more aurally titillating. So please excuse me while I go listen to this until YouTube’s servers collapse into a pile of melted metal and plastic.

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And here was me, like a fool, waiting for Zero 7 to drop some delectable downtempo delights when instead I could’ve been checking out Henry Binns’ (co-founder of Zero 7) side project, Equador. Granted, they’re pretty darn new, so I can forgive myself. For now!

For those of us that aren’t entirely enamoured with Zero 7’s apparent shift in tonal direction, Equador might be the group to fill out that hole. They seem to have taken the former’s sublime, chilled DNA and run with it – undoubtedly modern and with more of an electronic influence, but oh so damn easy on the ears. Equador’s debut album is coming out sometime this year apparently and OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD RELEASE IT ALREADY AND TAKE ALL MY MONEY.

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Let’s have some music, shall we? Here is a 70s drenched tune that sounds a bit like a mellower version of Crowded House, but has also had secret sexy time meetings with The Foreign Films.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with secret sexy time meetings between two consenting musical groups, but that is a matter for another time. For now, enjoy this wonderfully relaxed, musical love child.

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