Well, kids, it's almost the end of the
year, and you don't need me to tell you that it has been a year where a lot of
good things have happened in popular music. Admittedly there has been a lot of
rubbish as well, there always is, but this year wading through all that crap
to find the good stuff seems to have been a little easier. There have been
memorable comebacks from old favourites, and there has been a wealth of
exciting new music to pleasure our ears. I'm not really going to go on naming
names because, well, frankly there just isn't the time or space here, but I
will say that perhaps, nay, absolutely the most exciting prospect to emerge in
the last year is without doubt The Boyfriends.
I am going to resist the urge to wax
lyrical about just how brilliantly innovative, passionate, and hopefully
optimistic they are, I'll not tell you how despite all the positive elements
of the lyrics they retain an edge of musical melancholia that compliments the
music perfectly, it'll be hard, but I will. I'm not going to tell you how they
are carefully and cleverly crafting songs of self hope and self belief, I'm
not going to allude to how their song writing is consistently brilliant - to
be compared to the great British songwriters of recent years, the Ray Davies',
the Lloyd Coles, The Morrisseys and the Marrs - you can see what I said about
all that here...
All I will say is that The Boyfriends are
a band that you should check out immediately, they have two new songs
available for FREE download from their site, and that is
and I assure you that they will not disappoint.
I will not review the songs here, I'll
just trust you to go and download them, listen to them and make up your own
mind. I have that much faith in this band, they're going all the way to the
top kid, all the way.
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Breath in deep. Let the clean fresh sound
fill your lungs. Breathe out and let your troubles leave your body as you take
comfort in the tranquillity of the music which mirrors the natural beauty of the
Ladies and gentlemen, you are listening to
"Thee Moths", who although they seem to have a line-up which changes more often
than the weather they are primarily a Scottish-Canadian duo of Alex Botten and
Their new E.P. "Sand in our Pockets" is a
simple and sweet lo-fi recording that weaves gentle guitars and endearing vocal
harmonies. It begins with "Universe Prayer" which trips through a whimsical
conversation between a lost soul and the universe.
"the path is there beneath your feet,
walk far and free."
By contrast the "The Stream", the third
song on the E.P. tells the story of a man very much at one with his
surroundings. The splendour of the surroundings are described in vivid detail to
a backdrop of an understated yet dramatic drumbeat.
Sand in our pockets is proof that life
doesn't need to be complicated and hi-tech. In fact it is proof that it is
better when it is not.
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