All entries for January 2012

January 16, 2012

Leisure – The Invisible Hand

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Leisure - The Invisible Hand
4 out of 5 stars

Leisure - The Invisible HandWhen a band hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Harvard University, you’d expect their music to have a touch of class and more than a dash of intelligence. It’s no surprise then that with ‘The Invisible Hand’, American trio Leisure have crafted a subtly layered, and hugely enjoyable slice of indie that more than passes with distinction.”

Taking the ambient guitar work of Foals, the yearning vocals of Robert Smith, and a distorted chorus that The Shins would be proud of, Leisure craft a song that nonetheless firmly establishes their own, unique sound. From the opening notes to the final fade out, this song screams the kind of easy charm that lesser bands could barely hope to imitate.

They may sing about being invisible, but if they keep producing material as good as this, their days of anonymity may be fairly short lived.

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The Wanted – Warzone

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The Wanted - Warzone

In the immortal words of Mariah Carey, “All I want for Christmas is an awkward dubstep ballad”. Wait, you mean those aren’t the words? In that case it looks like the only people we have to blame for inflicting “Warzone” on our poor, defenceless ears are The Wanted themselves. Good one guys, way to make the post-Christmas come-down a million times more depressing.

This single is beyond pointless; too bass-heavy to be a ballad, and too slow to be a floor-filler, it would just about make a passable accompaniment to some kind of cinematic, slow-motion action sequence, and frankly my afternoon jog doesn’t quite live up to those expectations. Hell, it could have been a critical satire on the commercialism of the season, blaring out as desperate shoppers nationwide spend the next few days picking over the remains of decimated, desecrated Winter Sale rails.

Instead, it’s a yawn-inducing anti-climax that makes us feel all sad inside. At least we can take comfort in the fact that, all being well, by next Christmas no one will remember who these lot are anyway.


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She and Him – Christmas Day

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She and Him - Christmas Day

Christmas singles are like the ponchos of the musical world; it doesn’t matter how cool you are, people just can’t seem to pull them off. She & Him (aka hipster pin-up Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) clearly felt they were up to the challenge, and put a whole album’s worth together for A Very She & Him Christmas. New single ‘Christmas Day’ is a joyous little throwback to a time when Christmas singles used to be, well, pretty damn good.

Their trademark 60s sound is particularly appropriate here, evoking those classic Christmas records by the likes of Brenda Lee or Love Unlimited. Its California surf sound with a rock’n’roll swing creates an ambient but infectious little tune, and Zooey Deschanel’s almost child-like vocals add the touch of innocence needed to make the twee Christmas sentiment convincing.

Those of you familiar with their back catalogue ‘Christmas Day’ will not disappoint; Sweet as a candy cane and marginally better for your teeth, I can guarantee this is one Crimbo cracker that won’t turn out to be a turkey.


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