Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sharp Focus - January's Albums & Singles

So yes, the first month of 2008 is over, a year that promises so much and has delivered tit bits of excitement so far.

Lightspeed Champion was the first band to release something of note (if you dismiss the actual release of Radiohead which i will for purposes of this blogs reputation: see albums of the year). Songs to kill to, songs to lie to and strangely songs to love to, Dev Hynes is a modern day tale teller of quirky sorts and his album sort of delves in to the less fanciable places of society, ironically for Hynes he delves far too deeply but it's wondrous to know the failures in such a beautiful creation....

Another band that entertained us in January was the strangely adaptive These New Puritians, i could possibly spill the usual bullshit journalist jargon about them being from stella Southend (Yes stella is spelt that way due to it being mostly full of stella lager drinkers), but no the album speaks for itself, it speaks largely in tongues but its quality. From Swords in Truth almost a nod to all those similar sounding hip hop records, but hell its out of tune English white kids to the almost brilliantness of Colours and yes they improve music ten fold.

January also said hello to Vampire Weekend with a collection of fun filled frolics, Cat Power singing a load of covers and Sons and Daughters releasing something extreme in delight.

February kicked in with Lupen Crooks latest effort, not only is it on par with his brilliant debut its almost too little, the Murderbirds have added a spike that was missing but it needs more yet still best to leave the audience as such. As for the Morrissey best of, please hardly a best of at least the two extra tracks nod interestingly at the new album due later this year.


Little has really excited me on the single front as of yet, except the odd gem. Firstly we had the dull affair of One Night Only, frankly one album only is too much for these Keane sounding chancers. Laura Marling's been kicking about but she's frankly too annoying to like and Biffy release another record of their latest sham fest, what a god awful record it was. Still Los Campesinos are as chirpy as they were in 2008 and it bodes well for the forthcoming album. Attic Lights seem capable of smashing into the music mind in 2008, and Blood Red Shoes build up to what surely will be a contender for album of the year with the latest single You Bring Me Down.

So finally this brings me to the chirpy almost ludicrously brilliant Hot Chip, Ready to a Floor betters anything on the debut and though I’ve not heard the record yet, if the single precludes the album in anyway then Hot Chip have finally arrived.......Fuck me Over & Over isn't a patch on this.


Matt Hurst said...

I've removed comments added to this blog due to the fact that they had nothing to do with the article and were basically an attack on my student union activities.

If the person wants to question why i made a mess of the wording of what i believe is a sound policy then i'm willing to debate it further.

Just drop me an email, should be able to find it on the email list or the like, you found this after all.

Anonymous said...

Yo scumbag. I hope you fail at the elections what you did at the student union meeting will go against you and no one will vote for you you fucktard

Freedom of speech rules


Matt Hurst said...

I'm not frankly bothered about the elections.

I have the best policies but we all know no one votes in these elections on policy, they vote on popularity.

Freedom of Expression indeed does rule, the fact that you and your freinds failed to notice that the policy was based on the platform to speak not otherwise.

You believe in Hell do you?
Hell surely can't exist as God forgives everyone if they repent.

Your an extremely sad individual seriously if you had any guts you'd email me but no you just basically threaten me with death and failure.

The only failure round here is the failure of you.