Soundtracking #7 – Amanda Palmer’s Ukulele Anthem

Please take 5 minutes out of your day to rejoice in the amusing and faintly ridiculous Ukulele Anthem as played on a 4 string joy-bringer by Amanda Palmer. You have to respect a song writer who manages to get the words rosary, vibrator and fruitloops into the same song. It’s even more epic than The Darkness squeezing ‘extracurricular activities’ into Friday Night.

Soundtracking #6 – Real Estate

A recently discovered love, courtesy of Sister Ray of Soho, Real Estate’s third studio album is a perfect accompaniment to the dusky end of a beach barbeque. Atlas provides easy going, melodic guitars and melancholic vocals in a New Jersey surf rock style. If you’re looking for loud, Real Estate are not your final destination but it is rather soothing for the ears. Here’s a live version of the album’s opening track, setting the tone for the record.

Soundtracking #4 – Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman (sadly no relation to the band Better than Ezra) and his band The Boy-Friends  lay out a chilled, fun rock ‘n’ roll with added brass. Happy, jig-about-in-your-seat kind of brass. The lyrics are equally as entertaining and mildly angry too.

And this one too..

Soundtracking #3 – She Makes War

So Laura Kidd, AKA She Makes War, also makes music and visual art too. I’ve read that this type of tunage is classed as ‘gloom-pop’… seriously, is that an actual thing?

I suppose it is a bit angsty and has that poppy harmony melody thing going on in quite a catchy manner…

Regardless of genre, I quite like it so I’m shoving it in your earholes, so there.

Soundtracking #2 – The Charlatans

Rewind and replay.

A quoted lyric sent me off on an audio perambulation of rediscovery and we ended up here.

The Charlatans – who I should have listened to as a teenager. Instead they appeared on playlists almost a decade after they should have. Better late than never…

Loving the Brit pop summer jangle of guitars and a slightly slurred approach to vocals.

Very nice indeed.

 

Soundtracking #1 – Tender Prey

Today I’m mostly treating my ears to the talents of Laura Byron. Otherwise known as Tender Prey (is that a Nick Cave reference methinks?), she creates a self-described sleaze blues sound that  I quite like…Actually, I like it a lot, it sounds dirty and reminiscent of very lazy alcoholic days in hot, dusty places (except she’s from Cardiff).

Best enjoyed with a tequila and a cold beer chaser.