The NBT Review 43

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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


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