All entries for Wednesday 21 March 2012

March 21, 2012

Summer Camp – Losing My Mind

Writing about web page http://www.electric-banana.co.uk/reviews/single-reviews/summer-camp-losing-my-mind/

Title:
Summer Camp - Losing My Mind
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Summer Camp - Losing My MIndHaving maintained an aura of anonymity when they first broke onto the indie scene back in 2010, London duo Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey have firmly established themselves as one of the “coolest” bands around. Latest single ‘Losing My Mind’, taken from latest album Welcome To Condaleis a vibrant piece of alt-pop that proves their reputation is more than justified.

From its opening synths this song oozes retro, and the boy/girl split vocals are more than a little reminiscent of classic 80s combos like The Human League or that time Kirsty MacColl teamed up with The Pogues. However, there is a constant, underlying sense of modernity that places this very firmly in the 21stCentury, it’s almost tragic lyrics deceptively hidden amongst a wall of addictive electronics.

While they don’t yet seem to have fully capitalised on the hype that built around their first releases, Summer Camp are without doubt one of the most interesting and downright endearing bands of the moment. ‘Losing My Mind’ is three minutes of battery-powered bliss; catch them now, before everyone else does.


Words by Adrienne Law


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Waters – Take Me Out to the Coast

Title:
Take Me Out To The Coast
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Waters - Take Me Out to the CoastTake Me Out to the Coast, is the latest single taken from ‘Out In the Light’, the debut album from Norwegian-American alt-rockers Waters. Formed in 2010 following the demise of frontman Van Pierszalowski’s former band Port O’Brien, they’ve already mastered the kind of grungy, anthemic rock that should make stadium -fillers like Coldplay shake in their well-heeled, faux-leather boots.

Starting with a relatively simple drum-guitar combo, this song reaches its climax with an emotive gang vocal that echoes the disappointed nostalgia of the lyrics. However, while the opening line of “I was wrong to believe in myself” may not suggest optimism, it’s hard not to find a glimmer of hope in such a stirring, chant-like chorus.

If you like your music rough around the edges, but with a hell of a lot of heart, then Waters might just be the band you’ve been waiting for. Adding a splash of indie sensibility to an otherwise scuzzy, low-fi concoction, these guys have proven with Take Me Out to the Coast that they have the potential to stay afloat for a long while to come.


Words by Adrienne Law


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The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

Writing about web page http://www.electric-banana.co.uk/reviews/single-reviews/the-civil-wars-barton-hollow/

Title:
Barton Hollow
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Civil Wars - Barton HollowWithout a doubt one of the most exciting bands to emerge during the tail end of 2011, Nashville’s The Civil Wars made quite an impression with their debut album Barton Hollow. Title track and latest single ‘Barton Hollow’ is a perfect blend of simple, almost brutal acoustic guitar and emotive vocal harmonies, coming together to form an insidiously potent piece of americana.

Sounding like the White Stripes channelling Bonnie and Clyde through a steel string guitar, this ridiculously talented duo (John Paul White and Joy Williams) exude the kind of bluesy confidence that sucks you in from the opening line. The sense of rhythm is overwhelming, despite the absence of percussion, and the sheer power of the guitar verges on the unnatural.

Of course, the star of the song has to be the vocals, and these two have quite the pair of lungs on them. The harmonies are perfectly judged, and the lyrics hint towards a dark tale of betrayal and sin that only increases the song’s allure. Truly a fantastic single.


Words by Adrienne Law

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