Friday, 7 January 2011
You fail when you quit, not when you lose
This is spectacular. There are no other words. It just goes places. The bass especially. Right from the off. A pace is set and followed. And the mid-section (1.59 until 2.52) is fucking simple, brilliant, genius, and all the rest of it, likesay. The 'pause' button is, well, pushed down for a minute - hard - except no one told guitars and keys it was going to happen! Drums then crash and roar to take us to the finish line. Vocals soaring by the sidelines of the ocean, insisting I AM THE MAMMAL YOU ADORE. Seriously, this is one of those records that grabs you in places where you are the very most sensitive and forces you to accept the riff that drives forward into your shallow wee life. It lifts and floats and raises the bourbon-soaked bar, until both hands on the clock hit Twelve and you fall over into the streets declaring love to anyone who will hear you. I don't want to say too much else, that'd only be proper spoiling it, a bit like adding salt to the soup before you first sink the pepper in and stir it around a bit. The ground black pepper is always first, mind. A light flick-of-the-wrists and then really go for it. Just take a listen. Take a trip to Wellington, NZ if you really have to. Just make an effort. This is the sound of the New Year.
The Phoenix Foundation - 'Buffalo' (4.15)
The Phoenix Foundation - 'Love is the drug' (live cover version) (3.16)
The Phoenix Foundation are here. Their delightful new album, 'Buffalo' is out on January 24th in the UK. You can pre-order the album, released on the lovely Memphis Industries label, from here. The band visit Glasgow (Oran Mor) on February 3rd, supporting...um... The Go! Team. Tickets here. They then head to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Newcastle and many, many other places...