挪威Heroes & Zeros向糖灑鹽

挪威樂隊Heroes & Zeros一直在挪威的成績也不錯,不過一直以來我對佢地都沒有好好認識,僅聽到佢地的singles。雖然上一張碟【Simian Vices Modern Devices】找來我喜歡的挪威藝術家Bjørn Bjarre合作封面設計已經令我好想仔細重溫他們的音樂,可惜都仲未有時間。

不過呢個世界冇野係太遲,即將推出新碟的他們的單曲《Salt Where the Sugar Should Be》真係好聽到痺,電子的冷峰打上搖滾當然讓人想起Archive了,力度十足,爽快到極。若然佢地係英國樂隊應該可以被hype走紅了,因為真係既流行亦簡單亦出色亦有型。另一單曲《Change Is Nothing》亦出色好聽,今張碟一定要聽。

Salt Where the Sugar Should Be by Heroesandzeros


Lasse Passage Say Say Say挪威人肉叉燒包

挪威唱作人Lasse Passage首張專輯【IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO COOK, YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO LIVE 】單是專輯名字已經人嘰嘰笑了。上次的音樂較laid-back,這次反而變得神經兮兮起來。最新單曲《Say Say Say》找來Johanne Birkeland一起唱,Åndheim&Lossuis執導的MV再一次上演挪威式的家庭暴力,男女打得充滿美感,讓我看得心驚膽跳,只覺creepy。


Morrissey英國金句王︰冇人肯錄我新碟

從來喜歡睇Morrissey的訪問,佢講野直接大膽,真真正正有果句講果句;亦勁在佢講野真係有佢的想法及不是瘋人瘋語,雖然每次本人都不甚認同,但至少我都睇得開心。但估唔到原來Morrissey都會冇唱片合約,他剛接受Pitchfork訪問,原來佢新碟已寫好,只待有唱片公司肯畀錢錄佢地,唱片便成事。其中佢談及internet如何破壞music industry,另一點搞笑非常的係佢點樣寫U2

“U2 have an enormous Star Wars set with drumsticks that light up northern Africa, and a sound system that would drown out an earthquake. I can’t compete with that.”

不過咁,Morrissey犀利的係在好似好差的情況下佢都沒有老羞成怒,仍然能夠自嘲,哈。

Morrissey Talks Label Troubles, Glastonbury


Patrick Wolf深情款款唱我愛我的城市我的家

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英國一向閃閃發光的queer Singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf從來不盡得我心,因為總覺得太pop 太直接,不是我杯茶。怎知近半年在電台上不斷聽到他的新單曲,反而終於被打動。先是《The City》的”Don’t let the city destroy our love”,起初還覺得其實是與保育及與強權抗衡有關;到《House》的”I love my house I love my house, gives me the greatest peace I’ve ever known.”,以物當人予以情,實在可愛。原來這位廿七歲男孩將會與其男朋友結婚,幸福開心的佢就將【Lupercalia】的專輯變為歌頌戀愛的專輯。聽罷,我就還是喜歡佢的醒神singles 多於side tracks 了。


Rebecca & Fiona話你知如果佢唔響度我地就可以⋯

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瑞典的Rebecca & Fiona二人女子組合,或者並非是品味之選,但相信有潛力成為Pop icon或型格之選。兩個女生稱自己為Best DJs in the world,簽上Universal,首支單曲《Luminary Ones》唔聲唔聲取得好唔錯的播放率及注目,《Luminary Ones》展示的是結構簡單不斷重覆的流行曲撞上電子跳舞編排,編曲上稱不上是精彩但在minimal的主線上算是取盡各家大成,確實十分好跳好易上口,it’s been a long time since I have some fun。

好了,相隔一年來新單曲《If She Was Away》就更加進取,歌詞到歌曲到MV都更explicit,旋律上減去了重重覆覆的洗腦式流行編排,更峰迴路轉。其實二人女子組合從來很多遐想,這對靚靚冷酷北歐模特兒身形的女生走在一起,不是Cocorosie的怪誕,相反是那種略帶意淫性感很hot很直接的爽朗電子跳舞作品。《If She Was Away》進一步的更有其瑞典口音,聽起來特別不一樣。

Rebecca & Fiona – If She Was Away from UniversalMusicSweden on Vimeo.


Pulp it!重溫Pulp

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真係唔記得我幾時迷上Pulp,或是Jarvis Cocker 了。我真的記不得。Brit Pop 年代我真正迷迷迷的應該都係Pulp。我諗,來自Sheffield呢個小城市的他們是特別有一種quirky 及草根味,所以才能解釋為何有《Common people》的出現吧。(在訪問中,Jarvis Cocker 說歌曲的靈感其實是他當時的一位女同學,是一個富家女兒,卻跟他說想成為common people ⋯⋯)

很多人不知道其實Pulp 早於七十年代尾已成立,亦不知道其實Jarvis Cocker 係六三年出世,以為Pulp 與Oasis 及Blur 都是同期。而大家普遍認識的Pulp 都係由【His ‘n’ Hers 】開始,或者甚至係 【Different Class】。唔,趁Pulp重組演出,我們是時候懷舊,當然,Jarvis都明白,所以Pulp 將會Reissue 一直冇乜人提同識的首三張專輯【It】、【Freaks】及【Separations 】。

遠自1983年,Pulp 的Debut【It】是出奇地被認為受Leonard Cohen 影響的一張laid-back、淸新專輯。搵了一陣子youtube都找不到他們現場唱當中的歌曲,唯有聽《Wishful Thinking》的The Peel Sessions version。

當然,重讀他們的wiki page,以下是Pulp 的奇事分享︰

一,Jarvis Cocker 為追女仔扮蜘蛛俠跌落街

in November 1985, Cocker fell out of a window while trying to impress a girl with a Spider-Man impression and ended up in hospital, temporarily requiring the use of an wheelchair in which he appeared during concerts.

二,Jarvis 曾讀電影,在第二張唱片推出之後,

This led to him leaving for London to study film at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, effectively folding the band.

三,Jarvis 曽在Brit Awards踩MJ 台,然後被拉,有興趣朋友可看TFI Friday Interview。十多年後在電視節目Question Time上重提此事時更串串地說,he invented Moonwalk。

It was at this time that Cocker gained significant media exposure due to an notorious prank at the 1996 BRIT Awards, where he invaded the stage in protest during pop singer Michael Jackson’s performance of “Earth Song” and “wiggled his backside” at the audience. After complaints by Jackson and his entourage, Cocker spent the night in Kensington Police Station charged with actual bodily harm and assaulting the child performers. However, with British comedian and former solicitor Bob Mortimer acting as legal representation, he was released without charge.[21] This incident propelled Cocker into great controversy in the UK and elsewhere, and Pulp’s record sales soared as a result. The event also coincided with the beginning of their first arena tour and the Daily Mirror, who had attacked the band months earlier, set up a “Justice for Jarvis” campaign backing his actions and carried out a stunt at Pulp’s Sheffield Arena gig on 29 February, handing out free T-shirts. The NME described Cocker’s actions as a “great publicity stunt” which was “creative, subversive and very, very funny”,[22] while Melody Maker described Cocker as, “arguably the Fifth Most Famous Man In Britain”[23] and suggested he should be knighted.

四,九六年的Compilation是未經Jarvis同意出版的專輯,佢叫大家唔好買,

In March 1996, a compilation of Pulp’s early recordings on Fire Records entitled Countdown 1992–1983 was released on the Nectar Masters label. It received largely negative reviews, but due to the band’s popularity at the time it reached the top 10 of the UK charts. Cocker, who’s permission was not sought before release, urged fans not to purchase the album, comparing it to “a garish old family photograph album”.[23]

八月份便會現場見他們,好緊張!


冷郵差的奧斯陸夜景匯演MV

挪威的Cold Mailman其實不太冷,與其名字相反,像《Pull yourself together and fall in love with me》不冷之餘音樂是充滿了一陣陽光溫暖的舒服indie pop,或者我會想起瑞典Gothenborg的Day。上年的第二張專輯【Relax; the mountain will come to you】實在是張被忽略的好專輯,平實不多搶眼的東西掩眼法卻十分動人。大碟其中一支單曲《Time is of the essence》突然惹來不少目光,全因其MV。

導演 André Chocron利用住宅建築物的方塊結構及設計,以開燈熄燈來玩了過癮又美麗的方塊遊戲。其實一直覺得城市的夜景本身已十分好看,人影加燈光已是無敵組合,加點twist與智慧要有stunning 的影像絕對不難。當然,MV不是那麼簡單,利用Oslo的近郊住宅大廈,由遠到近,由動到靜,由歌詞到將音樂與音軌visualise都十分好看。請去片。