Perfume — Voice

Still jaunty, still bright, still sounds entirely computer-generated.

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The Brilliant Green — It Really Makes My Day!

It really made my day. Well actually, the gangsta rap video my friend made with his hamster really made my day. But this great song came a close second. The Brilliant Green are back and sound as if they never left with this sunny ’90s indie-pop singalong. It’s an extra track on their “I Just… Read more »

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My Dead Girlfriend — My Piggish Girl Died Miserably

Song name of the year. The name of the group is interesting too because it reminds me of My Bloody Valentine, and so does this track. A wall of guitar with slow lazy vocals and languid drumthumping. One to get lost in. Via Japanator Radio 146.

Vampire Weekend — White Sky

The Basement Jaxx remix is really nice. The nice falsetto hook from the song over an old-school 4/4 dance beat. Solid and compelling. Best Vampire Weekend track I’ve heard, actually. Jim and Fenny were really on a roll this week. OTW FTW! Via OTW 7 August 2010

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The Tansads — Fit to Drop

Oh, another folky melody, this time nestled in a folky pop band setting. Lyrically gritty, though sweet-sounding. There’s a slightly wild-eyed edge to the vocla though, which really works well. The Tansads were active in the ’90s, and maybe I need to investigate more to find out just how active. They’ve had some of their… Read more »

Johnny Flynn — The Water

A lovely and plaintive folk duet with Laura Marling. I could listen to this imagery and harmony till the river runs dry. From the album Being Listening. Via OTW 7 August 2010

Dau Cefn — Buwch 33

A very nice cut-up of a preacher of some sort, but not the cliched evangelical type: rather a more philosophical tone. There is a very soulful vocal line running throughout, though it’s completely undecipherable to me. The musical backing has a simple beat building up gradually while still maintaining interest, and there’s a slow plaintive… Read more »