Song Selection from 88 Kilos Of Sunshine
It is this writer’s prerogative to not name the songs, just play them in order from bottom to top and attempt to capture the illusion of understanding and the reality of this music’s allurement.
The instrumental starts it all. Hollywood played in an empty small town hall. The drums as willful steady as a drunk’s inconsolable rage the guitar is devious widescreen thoughtful. The Clean here is a wicked clean, a Neil Young solo tempered by intellect and latent horror. This is a tune Stretched between school boy yearning for the redemptive solo, and the modern detachment.
Then chant then confess swim in the warm bubbles of regret, this treated ocean this seductive call and wanting response. Don’t want to get lost in this? I couldn’t, ‘’even if I tried.’’
As John Peel was known to say, ‘this one fades in slowly’’ this is warped Americana played in the old house across the road, you stop and listen on your way home and weep, and leave strangely enriched. The ragged reserve of the (treated) singing, the two personas within connects you to this drama, traces still there even as you lock your front door walk to the living room and switch on the babbling evening news.
Thank fuck for a modern pop maker whose idea of the 80s is darker than skewed memories of big hair and Duran Duran. I recall fragile 7 inch singles cased in cardboard two tone manifestos.
This song is a slow growl, scary and beautiful. That’s all that needs to be said except perhaps listen to all the songs on the page and look for it. You will know it the second you hear it, and then your day will change slightly, no matter if you are sneaking time from office work, or surfing idle in your bedroom.
Another slow fade in, another capture of the minutia of a moment in time, this is subtle true alternative.
If you have lost your faith in the power of music to provoke and please, to entrance and edify, then this collection shall attempt to find it for you.
Go NOW and listen
You can hear tracks from the band on the NBT Podcast going out on the 27th May 2010
And this will be the featured artist on the NBT portal page in JUNE
Also check out a couple of tunes (if you use internet explorer) on the
http://nextbigthing.co.za website (after the intro just Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page).