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Jebediah Goodthrust – Jebediah Goodthrust (Choose To Lose Music)

Ashes Of Bridges – The Hit & Mrs. (Choose To Lose Music)

The lonely souls take a darker path and the mystery figure heard on demos and 4 track gifts comes into slightly sharper focus.

So ok let’s take Goodthrust for the moment. Oh the boy/man sure dances weird, it’s like the ghost of Buddy Holly has discovered distortion and spent the afterlife catching up on Bob Mould’s career. Sometimes you have popBoys, kinda clean and neatly beardy trimmed, emotional and polite, (where did these nice kids get their tattoos?) sometimes you have the scrawl of letters and surges on the back of a glossy magazine, an escape in the turmoil if you will, and those popBoys I mentioned slink away un-noticed and (yay) unloved.  It’s the time of that weird dancer and his deconstruction of country and chart tunes.

Cap in hand we say good evening to the Hit and Mrs, asking quietly why the apprehension? We are told it’s coming on cold, cold days and we notice that while the tunes are almost folk-rock nostalgic, the themes drift into more uncomfortable areas, one is reminded of that old 50s movie about the boy swimming out there in the middle of the lake, losing energy, a woman watching him sink, some beauty in the fear.

Glancing back at Jebediah, he seems to have aged slightly, lost the Holly glasses that’s for sure, and the way he holds that guitar, why mother its almost sexual, this isn’t pop this is alternative the very American lo-fi simple, small town boy self release hand printed sleeves alternative, singing honest to the fortunate few, Friday night aint ever gonna die.

We follow the Hit and Mrs into another room, a family room where stories are sung, intricate sketches of places and faces. Slipping into the not too safe thoughts of volatile wallflowers, we are taken back to Murmer era REM, and I for one love this sinking into the murk, and shadows.

Simply put

 The Goodthrust is dirty delightful

The Hit and Mrs is something that slinks in and quietly chats to the heart and soul. And for my money the best thing the Heise Brothers have done in ANY of their disguises.

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Secrecy and Sex – Readers Wives (360degree Music)

You have to love the slow build pop song, the one that curls Out and stretches cat-like steady, ready soon for the leap, sure and controlled and fierce, straight into our fickle hearts. Add  deadpan humour carefully calibrated to be not TOO clever (which would snap us from our trance) or TOO self-aware (which would merely itch and irritate) and BOOM, a sly BOOM at that, we are sexually attracted to this music.

As the bar man once said, it’s the kind of collection that make the boys smile and the girls dance.

Then ok, this is Costello for the new century, NewWavePub-Rock sharp bitter Bubblegum, hey forget the fast twist away, this has hooks that are shiny sharp and lets face it, we ALL want to see a song called ‘Advertising Heroin’ knock the latest X factor off the top of the charts.

It’s a rare pleasure indeed to hear hints of the Last Shadow Puppets socializing with bits of Randy Newman all within one EP.

Then walking out of the chaos of the gig, we discover the poet bum outside suddenly insightful, minimal Jamie T, we stop and listen, feeling weirdly touched, caught out in a very good way.

There is tenderness when needed and ice cold detachment when desired. It’s a collection that rewards with every new listen.

Cant wait for the album.

Hear a track or two from this EP on the NBT Podcast going out on the 28th October 09

 And then more in depth on the show going out on the 10th November 09

Sounds Of The 504 – Broken Keys (Independent Release)



Images conquered up by the music, hazy for a while, jelly-dreamlike then slowly solidifying, Polaroid snapshots, the picture shimmies across the surface.

The Beats the thing.

Swing  with him, there is water in the air, summer perhaps, sticky bright, the ballroom hints of sadness, ‘We Miss You’ indeed.

Time travel down the banks of the great river, we glide past great trees and old houses, the drummStutter is our uneasy machine, the song the very fadeout even full of a quiet longing.

Rise up fallen soldiers,  reach out for the hands of the grieving and shy ladies,  elegant but jerky ballets for the almost forgotten, these things are more than mood, more than beats laid down for some future sonic adventure. (Though listen hard and listen long and in some song played  weeks, months years from now there they will be)

They are sonic captures of what twists and crawls and dances in the heart of the music-maker.

Find out more

hear tracks from this collection of beats and sounds on the NBT podcast going out on the 3rd November 09

The NBT Review 42


Keep The Change – Spoonfull and D-Mitch (Downwrite Records)

Right from the opening title track we are aware that we will be taken for a strangely reticent ride on the dark thoughts highway. The music doesn’t so much pump out but slithers Pixie snake bass crawl from the player. Indie blues knocked up to story telling, each song a novella, cracked insights into volatile souls.

These are songs cut to the bone, minimal barely pausing for breath, not resting, letting the sometime alt folk clatterNstrum fight along/against the turbulence.

Brooklyn Heartbreak veers from high romantic Portishead ballad, to 3am world weary resignation, only the music perhaps will save the story teller from this damning self knowledge.

Unlike some strong ego damaged boys that became international whiners, this collective is in love with the dirt and vulnerability of the acoustic, the electric lo-fi, ironic dancers and tortured torch singers. It’s a sound a mood that slinks in, makes itself at home struggling out of a mini van stranded in the desert or a neon club situated in deepest coldest Berlin.

What attracts and astounds with this album is how brilliantly observed the situations and characters are.  Take ‘Guilty Pleasure’ for example and the opening description of the women in the environmentally friendly car, note the humor gentle yet still sharp. No need for the video here, the song, the music tells it all.

Its these wry portraits, these sly vignettes coupled with an instinctively apt sonic design, that elevates this release head and shoulders above so much that has come out this year.

Find out for yourself

Tracks from this cool album will be played on the NBT Podcast this upcoming 3rd Nov

Also catch them on the special NBT show hosted by Hypoetical and Memphis Reigns