Friday, 3 January 2020
Spain's indie(pop) labels really are cornering the market in jangling pop these days. Last April You Are The Cosmos sneaked out Canadian group The Top Boost's "Dreaming e.p." while Not Unloved's back was turned. Thankfully, it was written-up in issue 98 of Shindig! so I didn't miss it completely. The title track is an immaculately recorded, sweet-voiced stomper that conjurs up images of clean-cut fellas in crisp duds and Ray Ban shades tapping their Chelsea booted feet in unison. Also, it's a real pleasure to hear the word 'reciprocate' in a song. If you've been flipping over Slumberland's essential round-up of The Springfields' stellar output, you could do worse than spending 8 minutes and 58 seconds in the company of the "Dreaming e.p.".
Thursday, 2 January 2020
Last year a friend (thanks E, you did me a real favour!) gifted me a copy of Ean Eraser's sole 7", 2008's "Illegitmate Love". I hadn't even heard of it but the spare, hand-stamped sleeve suggested that it could contain some kinda great secret and so it transpired. From the first spin I was smitten. "Ilegitimate Love" is jittery, slightly thug-punkin', but 100% catchy and with a smart The Real Kids plays The Modern Lovers vibe; each power chord is a surge of electricity. A perfect statement made all the more powerful by the lack of a follow-up. Seek it out and BLAST IT OUT!