I've bought a few cd's this last week, most of them ridiculously cheap in a silly MVC sale. Here's what I think of them.
It's Jo and Danny ---The Quickening
This is the third album from the Welsh based London duo Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan. It's a lot more folky and acoustic sounding than their previous efforts and although it's not as immediately infectious as 2003's 'But We Have The Music' it still has that delicious laid back feeling of hazy summer nights. Jo's fragile voice goes perfectly with the gentle 60's sounding music. Very pleasant listening.
MC Solaar ------ Mach 6
Hip Hop is a music that sounds good in three languages, English, Spanish and French. Solaar is THE name in French hip hop. It's not all banging beats and cock thrusting either (well my school boy French doesn't think it is anyway). He goes back to his West African roots on a number of tracks to use traditional instrumentation over the beats. His delivery is very laid back and, well, French. Beats all that Gangster nonsense about whose got the biggest gun and whose 'bitch' is the baddest anyday.
Goldrush ---- Ozona
Lovely bit of Americana on the fab Oxford based label Truck Records. I took a punt on this one as I guy I know who is not only part of the Truck Records set up, but is also involved with Attitude Is Everything. He metioned to me that I might like this lot knowing my passion for a bit of Alt-Country and Americana. He wasn't wrong. It gets quite rocky and dare I say it psychodelic at times. Well worth a listen.
The Fiery Furnaces ----- The Fiery Furnances EP.
A bit of a bargain this one. £5.99 for a ten track 41 minute EP. Some albums aren't long these days. The Fiery Furnaces are brother and sister duo Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger. The EP is a lovely mix of qurky pop music(I really like quirky pop music) and the down right odd. It doesn't all work as sometimes it does sound a bit self indulgent but when it does like on the fabulous 'Single Again' and 'Tropical Iceland' it goes down a treat.
The Von Bondies ----- Lack of Communication.
This sounds like a beefed up White Stripes. It was produced by Stripe main man Jack White. Good old fashioned late 70's sounding punk rock. Nothing new or special but crank up the volume and it's a great way to get your Sunday morning started.