Greetings, readers who bought all 2 copies of my self-help guide, Surviving Christmas Break Ups with Turkey marinated in Rum! Welcome to another edition of our “off again, off again, hey it’s on again!” single reviews column. Granted, some of them aren’t singles, but I liked them and made my stupid human collaborators review ’em. Mahalo.
This week’s singles come courtesy of Robert Patrick, the Terminator and Agent Doggett. His brother is in a fucking awesome band called Filter and he dropped by in a concert to shout and headbang. AWESOME.
Ah, singles, right:
Captives on the Carousel – Turn off the sun / In the Bleak Midwinter.
The always magical Captives on the Carousel once again charm us with their dreamy music. ‘Turn off the sun’ is a slow, understated groove with the solemnity of the day after a blizzard. Some regret in the vocal delivery (and the lyrics) make it quite emotional. B-side included in your download is ‘In the bleak midwinter’, that classic posthumous poem by Christina Rossetti. A beautiful piece of writing is rendered even more beautiful (all about the subtle swell in the cello bit). Lovely. – Sam.
obLONG – Mothership / Tinkerboo
obLONG comes back to the fray with a rockier bit of retaliation in the form of ‘Mothership’. Slowly smouldering beneath your feet (and deftly produced by Ross Orton), the song builds and builds and when it seems it will end in a whimper, you get a cool freakout. ‘Tinkerboo’, on the other hand, backslaps you with the classy obLONG bass line that made us fans. The song is much more aggressive than ‘Mothership’, where the freakout is now a full-on street fight. Get the Baseball Furies on your side, you’ll need them. –Sam.
Model Village – Next Xmas
Playmobil! Awesome! Sorry, got carried away… Model Village offer a free and very seasons greetings-like download in the form of ‘Next Xmas’, a dreamy, ethereal song that follows their sound. Pop but never disposable, folk but never psychedelic, it’s a sweet sweet song for the good vibrations of family reunions. A build up with some sleigh bells thrown in? Count us in. Oh, and it has Playmobil on the cover, which is always good. Playmobil > Lego. – Orestes P. Xistos.
Niña – Una ardilla en el camino
A poppy little number from the incredibly likeable Niña. Although it might seem like another twee love song (which is a part of it, no doubt ’bout it), it sports a very seventies styleeeee guitar solo (with a catchy bass line sorta hidden like La Llorona). Can’t keep a frown after listening to this one. Incidentally, once upon a time there was a squirrel and it died. The joke is funny because the squirrel dies. Woof. – Orestes P is for Dug Xistos.
The Wooden Birds – Criminals Win / Somebody’s baby
Andrew Kenny, easily one of the most solid melody makers right now. ‘Criminals win’ has that intimate, warm and lovely sound that was all over Two Matchsticks (review, interview) and the video paying tribute to Smokey and the Bandit is simply a hoot (and a holler), the perfect match to a fantastic, intimate song. In true The Wooden Birds tradition, they give away for free a cover with this download. This time around it’s Jackson Browne‘s ‘Somebody’s Baby’. Another The Wooden Birds tradition is to make the cover memorable. Leslie Sisson‘s vocal elevate this cover to somewhere in the stars, between Polaris and Kochab. Fantastic! – Sam.
Until next time, I’m Orestes “P. is for Phat ass bassssss!” Xistos and I rule this dump. See ya and kisses and (((sholay))) (((hugs))). Yeah, we like Hey Sholay. They are blackmailing us with pics of that wild night of February 2010 @ Soyo… darn! On the other hand, Cats:For:Peru aren’t blackmailing us and they have a gig at The Harley (Sheffield) on January 14. Why not check ’em out?