The Strange Death of Liberal England – ‘Come on you young philosophers! /Sometimes I just need you’
This band makes a very chamber pop sound (glockenspiels – unmissable!) and the combination of a male and female voice in ‘Come on you young philosophers’ is a nice touch. The song has a few surprises in store, with a cool guitar break (before a dramatic pause) is a “are you paying attention, children?” moment. B-side ‘Sometimes I just need you’ is more slow, almost melancholic. The banjo plucking gives it a slightly quirky spirit and whatever sad thoughts came upon with the first half of the track, the ending makes it more hopeful (or wistful – you decide).
Yonderboy – ‘All Bob Minor / Too easy’
After a recent stint at Live at Leeds, these lads from Leeds (!) release the new single, ‘All Bob Minor’ with a cool b-side, ‘Too easy’. ‘All Bob Minor’ is very breezy and catchy, with vocals delivered almost like a whisper. Very soothing with a rockier ending. On the other side, the b-side ‘Too easy’ is where things get more interesting. Again, it’s a breezy song but there are very cool moments, including some math rock riffs and the longer running time lets the song breathe much more. My fave out of the two.
Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Owata’
Smashing Pumpkins has been really a living proof of what good and changing style can do to listeners, as the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope concept is constructed little by little, as every song is released but constructs an universe full of wrapping sounds and details carefully placed and studied in every track. ‘Owata’ is the latest song from Teargarden by Kaleidyscope and certainly fulfills the description: perfect harmony in chorus to remind us this is a band, excellent retro synth, and percussions that become the winged part of the song, along with the bass and guitar. The final lines of the lyrics can really tear my heart. Mind blowing!
There ya go! Some catchy stuff from Leeds, some baroque music from Portsmouth and a trusty release from Chicago.
Words: Tonan and Sam.
The Strange Death of Liberal England