Various Songs – New Pants (Independent Release)
Sometimes the present is not enough, the mere reporting of what we find and what that discovery does for us does not suffice. Sometimes we are honour bound to be fortune tellers, to seek out the potential within, to see way beyond the beginning.
So four songs tumble into my world. For once the facts are useful it’s NOT just the song, it’s the way the songwriters will progress that adds flavour, colour, excitement and most of all hope.
Double Happiness shouldn’t work,doesn’t always work, its a sparkly thing, a cute hybrid of ‘jump’ era Van Halen (without macho guitar though) and a whole bunch of French indie electro pop sounds ala Daft Punk or Justice or Air. EXCEPT.. it doesn’t have those bands hip factor or disco knowledge or experience (which sometimes makes even the most pretty things from these for-mentioned bands seem slightly jaded and too’knowing’) this song IS stuck in a time warp sure, but one gets the feeling its circumstance not deliberate. You get the feeling that its not old men looking back but rather young men learning as they go.. a far more enticing prospect.
Go East adds a touch of Cars melodrama, a melody that reminds of that pastel pop hit ‘take my breath away’, but keeps the
production a step away from glossy, or pumped up. Give this song to whoever controls Gaga’s puppet strings this week and they would blow it up to blockbuster wide-screen proportion and have this glossy soulless thing that would stay on the charts for months and then be instantly forgotten . The band does not go this way and I for one hope that they have the sort of brave advisers that will ensure they never do.
Then we are rewarded with two tracks, Disco Girl and I Dont Wanna Lose You. And we can now see the future and
its glowing bright. It’s glowing bright because of the dust, the haze, the dirt, there is sand in the oil and the oil slurps into the
machine. The pop is there but now its the kinda pop that the J and M Chain understood, or Peter Hook likes to fool around with (even back in the Joy Division days he did), that made Peel love the Undertones and that was gutter instinct with the Ramones.
The band starts moving forward wonderfully secure in the lack of knowledge about the past, time folds into itself and its shoegaze and bubblegum and fun and noise all over again for the very first time.
New Pants will either make a masterpiece of Indie music. Or they will be taken by the hand and led astray by technicians and
spin doctors and those vampires that suck the lifeforce from old hits and make them the modern pop undead.
Listening to the last two tracks here. I believe it will be the former option..
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