I think my formative years in Oz must have had a profound effect on my ears. Yet again another excellent song from down under. Taken from The Bag Raider’s excellent eponymous debut album from last year, this song certainly made my tube journey home more interesting (although the drunk who spent the distance between two stop on the floor with his flip-flop caught in the tube door was a close contender).
I think one of the reason I’m drawn to Aussie electro outfits is because their weather seems to infuse into their music. ‘Sunlight’ is obviously no exception.
So maybe this post is one way of proving my eclectic, varied and superior music taste . . . or maybe it because i’m too lazy to put any thought into it today, but the idea is that the powers of fate shall be deciding today’s offering via the serendipitous medium of iTunes shuffle.
Winner! Although Tahita’s lazy London drawl makes them unmistakably British in their sound, these guys (espesh this song) always remind me of New York. Partly because of their name. Possibly because I was residing there at the time when I found their first EP and music is intrinsically nostalgic, but also because the song seems to capture that slinky NYC edginess that I was so enthralled with at the time. It tightly bolts together pop and electro, with a coolness that although lacking any immediate heart and soul, still draws you in and holds on till it later bathes you in it’s version of emotional warmth. A bit like New York.
This little equation comes to you from down under. Take 2008 zeitgeist band Empire of the Sun and subtract weirdo alt-folk band Sleepy Jackson’s frontman Luke Steel (his vocals are instantly recognisable) and you are left with the more frenetic dance pop producers Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes who make up PNAU. Add to this another antipodean, Phillipa Brown, more commonly known as Ladyhawke, and you have one of the most uplifting pop songs of the last decade. It’s a crime that it never got the attention it deserves, unless you were anywhere near the corner of Fashion Street and Brick Lane circa 2009, in which case you probably never want to hear it again.
I have yet to listen to Cut Copy’s latest album Zonoscope, which i’m sure without a doubt will be seven shades of amaze. In the meantime, a little number they released as a pre-cursive teaser on their Far Away EP has had frequent airings on Salmon Stereo. It’s a simple track that adds melancholy layers atop some spartan vocals before bursting into the electro-pop goodiness that we are used to from this aussie outfit. Slightly reminiscent of The Beloved’s Sweet Harmony, which is no bad thing. As for the album, I’ll let you know.