Albums of Note... Mark Oliver Everett (better known as ‘E’) returns as eels, with new album Wonderful, Glorious. It’s a return to the form that we saw from Eels in the ‘90s. In recent years, Eels albums have been a rather bleak affair, as Everett has had to deal with the death of his parents, his sister and his cousin, all in a relatively short space of time. Wonderful, Glorious sees Eels get some of the fight back – literally, in ‘Kinda Fuzzy,’ in which he snarls “don’t mess with me I’m up for a fight.”“this teeth-grit, eyes ahead attitude is something we've come to expect from Eels, and Wonderful, Glorious is at its best when he's at his growliest… By the end you even sense a form of happiness has fallen upon this most maligned performer…"
Frightened Rabbit have parted ways with Brighton indie label Fat Cat and release their third album Pedestrian Verse on Atlantic Records. With most of the album’s tracks having been written around the time of Scott Hutchinson’s relationship breakup, it can make for a pretty uncomfortable listen at times. With a new producer at the helm the band seem to have developed a more free-flowing musical ideal, even if the emotions contained within are high in intensity.“In summary, 'Pedestrian Verse' can perhaps best be described as the sound of Frightened Rabbit doing what they do best. Just how many more fall outs and break-ups Scott Hutchison can through to continue the cycle remains to be seen, but for now this is up there alongside 'The Midnight Organ Fight' as one of the band's finest collections to date.”
It might look like an out-of-control episode of the popular reality TV show Shipwrecked, but actually, what you see here is the video for Fine Times’ latest track ‘Hey Judas.’ Set on a beach, with the cast trussed up in intricate tribal gear, what starts out looking like a chilled out beach party (with, er, some questionable fancy dress choices) soon turns into a more sinister get-together.
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Canadian indie pop twosome Fine Times are here with the video for their new single 'Hey Judas' which is taken from their debut self-titled album which came out in Canada September 2012 on Light Organ Records. The album will be released in the UK in April 2013.
The video is tribal, very macabre and highly colourful just like the track itself. We see the duo sat alone on a beach together before being ambushed by a vibrant masked tribal group who paint their faces. The song has a distinctively upbeat tune but the vocals are really the stand out feature in this track, courtesy of Matthew Moldowan. They are slow and rhythmic and present us with an infectious chorus bound to stick itself in our brains for at least a few days.
Moldowan and bassist Jeffrey Josiah Powell make up Fine Times following disbanding from their original outfit. It was something that they admitted was a risk when they joined up with producer Howard Redekopp, but is definitely worth it. The brilliantly catchy hooks in this awesome track were down to Moldowan's 'short attention span'; something he credits with creating an immediately engaging tune. 'If a record doesn't catch me in the first listen or two, I probably won't put it back on the record player', he says.
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