Elton John vs Pnau,神奇迷幻跳舞台

我敢說,Elton John vs Pnau這張【Good Morning to the Night】真係意想不到地又懷舊又新潮。其實早在收音機聽單曲《Sad》一輪,但不認真聽也沒有留意。到今日唱片正式推出,聽下聽下,哇,我相信係其中一張老一輩歌手同新一輩歌手合作最成功的一個project。我真係估唔到歸於最老土最傳統pop的Elton John 會響六十幾歲時忽然會咁潮,你會想像到響舞池聽到呢張碟的歌時會幾興奮!
Elton John你當然識啦,但Pnau就未必知。 來自澳洲的Pnau其實是二人電子跳舞duo,由Nick Littlemore 及Peter Mayes組成。而Nick 就係澳洲紅到爆組合 Empire of the Sun的一子。

單聽單曲《Sad》你已經覺得神奇,屬於Elton John 那個年代的keyboard riff 及melody 但卻出現如在未來城市一般的fuzzy riff及節奏中。再正係用o既聲又有真又有電,又有極度懷舊的brass 但你又好似star trek咁的感覺。哇,好鬼好聽o者。成張碟都係類似感覺,surreal 後現代,十分神奇迷幻,睇埋你就知有幾正,睇佢點玩舊電影同蒙太奇(montage)同埋elton john個iconic 就知正。look


Mystery Jets你與我的精選

英倫樂團Mystery Jets新碟【Radlands】基本上首首好聽,有一貫的懷舊及的好玩外,亦有那份像回到brit pop 時期的樂團的氣質。當然,最新單曲《Greatest Hits》便係其中一首我聽得十分高興的作品,老土其實唔一定要用最老土手法玩,呢首歌就既老土又玩味又有廿一世紀guitar pop 的味道。內容就其實有d 似The Divine Comedy的《Indie Disco》,一樣好玩。

Mystery Jets Greatest Hits

You can take ‘The Lexicon of Love’ away but I’m keeping Remain in Light’
You can take away ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ but I’m holding on to ‘Country
Life’ (Ohhh)
You can keep ‘No Need to Argue’ and I’ll keep ‘The Aeroplane Over the Sea’
But hold on to ‘The Boy with the Arab Strap’ cos I’m holding on to ‘Village
Green’

I don’t know if the knot just needs untangling cos the tapes get stuck all
The time
Either way I’m keeping ‘Double Nickles on the Dime’

These were our greatest hits (Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)
The best of me and you(Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)
These were our greatest hits (Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)
The best of me and you
I still remember buying you ‘Band on the Run’ on the first day that we
Kissed
But you always did prefer ‘McCartney I’ because it reminded you of being a
Kid
No way your having ‘This Nation’s Saving Grace’ you only listen to it when
Your pissed
But when you sober up it’s always “Why the fuck are you still listening to
Mark E. Smith?”

I don’t know if the knot just needs untangling or if we forgot which way’s
Up and which way is down
But still the tape keeps going round and round

These were our greatest hits (Shalalalalalala lalalalala)
The best of me and you (Shalalalalalala Shalalalala)
The best of me and you
Of me and you

Still the tape keeps going round and round.
The tape keeps going round [repeat til the end]

These were our greatest hits (Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)
The best of me and you (Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)
Our Desert Island Discs (Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)
The best of me and you (Shalalalalalalala Shalalalala)


Jake Bugg你是六十年代

聽Jake Bugg實在想不到又是一個年紀輕輕但聲音極老的聲音,不過十八十九歲,玩的卻是六十年代的音色。當然,你第一下聯想到瑞典的The Tallest Man on the Earth,我就想起同樣受著六十年代影響的挪威唱作人Jonas Alaska。同時歌曲亦令我諗起《No Milk Today》。

不過,來自英國Nottingham的Jake Bugg就是有英倫的angst, grunge及傲骨,第二支單曲《Lightning Bolt》的氣味貫徹英國(尤其北部城填)的反叛味道,最叫人醒神係guitar solo的那個很不60s的結他。簽了Mercury Records的Jake Bugg,相信又係英國新一代寵兒。

Jake Bugg 官網


零二夏日爽神大碟Cornershop【Urban Turban】

真正踏入夏天,這個星期天氣好得要命。夏天真的是需要配合夏天音樂,不然夏天就會變得悶悶熱熱,沒有生氣。來自英國的Cornershop 新碟【Urban Turban】正正是這個夏天的最好的消暑良方。

如果對Cornershop認識不深的,大概可以從其名字先了解。Cornershop其實即是像士多一樣的店舖,但通常在街角處,在英國十分流行,而通常店主都是亞洲人。那Cornershop為何要叫Cornershop,就是因為亞洲血統的他們玩的是印度與電子音樂的結合,不只funky好玩,更是古怪過癮。

最新大碟【Urban Turban】由《What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag?》作帶頭單曲及專輯的opener,加上小朋友和唱,我在電台時已經聽到十分高興,現在終於可以鍾意就聽,就更加高興。


23歲以莫扎特之名開Parties

當全世界都是豬的時候,點解你想要做一隻雞?

Guardian Band of the Day看到英國新名字Mozart Parties,將作品結集為電子EP【The Memory Thunderstorm EP】免費供人家download。但哈哈,一定係Guardian的威力,令該download page 死了……慢慢等。

Paul Lester作者用lo-fi chillwave Spector-pop來label《Where Has Everybody Gone?》。唔,確實係lofi 又chillwave,但果種矇矇的聲音及低音聲牆讓我想起當時得令的John Maus,不過此曲又開心又低沉的對撞真係好神奇。只能講23歲的James Bennett 相信前途無可限量。

 

Where Has Everybody Gone? by Mozart Parties


BBC Sound of 2012 英國新Hype Spector著陸

今天下了今年冬天的第一次雪。

不過,其實是很弱雞的雨雪。

很久沒update 我的長角了,不是因為懶惰(其實也有一點),而是因為很多東西要處理,my status is literally shit.

最近都只在聽收音機,真正自己播的音樂少之又少。不過今天看到BBC Sounds 2012的名單了,那就去聽一下這些音樂新動力。

還未聽哂,但Spector榜上有名其實就如上年James Blake的榜上有名一樣,因為都係已經在唔同媒體被hyped被講了。記得老早之前聽《Never Fade Away》時已經覺得有趣,Never Fade Away,是一個很勁的statement,很具力量亦有一種很混亂的思緒。再聽最新單曲《Grey Shirt and Tie》,唔,難怪被會被人扣上Roxy Music x Killer x The Strokes這些名字。其實還是很重的Shoegaze的味道,不過整個手法及表達便有不一樣的浪費感覺,感覺有點像北歐dreamy電音撞上英國brit pop,很妙。(不過MV 尾段的footage 竟然係瑞典文…諗返其實成個mv 都頗北歐)

單看宣傳照以為他們的形象又是另一隊indie hipster,怎知來自East London 的他們原來都喜歡西裝上陣,有點posh,或者真是想學Roxy的形象吧?至於主意Fred Macpherson原來已經在MTV當過主持,台上的他被形容為光鮮愛打扮的Jarvis Cocker,哼,目前為止,都係等Spector 出左張Debut Album 再討論。種種跡象,加埋下年support Florance and the Machibne,佢地gonna be big。

Guardian 繼續


King Krule十七歲大哂

又有遠朋自遠方來,忙得要死,最近計算自己的時間怎運用,發現時間很少但要做的東西實在太多,所以原來忙得一直不可開交是正常的。不過點都,點都要用十分鐘時間寫呢篇。

前幾日看到之前寫過的London十七歲男孩Zoo Kid,原來現已用另一名字King Krule來闖江湖,並剛在美國進行first gig,哇,十七歲;然後再在英國巡遊。

我只能說,佢呢個死o靚仔Archy Marshall真係不得了,talented到爆炸。出生於一個父母均在創意工業工作的佢話自己八歲開始就做歌,你話真係唔係講笑。佢仲話自己從未學過音樂,咁樣答︰

AM: When I was eight as well. I never got lessons. I took influence from Chet Baker, Ian Dury, and Joe Strummer. I don’t hear my voice and think, “Yeah, that’s a banging voice!” It’s more about putting the right emotions into the right words and the lyrics than anything else to me.

哇,Chet Baker, Ian Dury, and Joe Strummer唔怪知得你玩得出一首《Out Getting Ribs》好聽又極度低沉傷感具情感爆發力的作品。最新單曲《The Noose of Jah Cit》一樣好聽到痺,加入中板鼓聲及電子trippy tone,由傷感變得迷幻愜意一點,噢,難怪你可以咁形容主流音樂

“I didn’t really care about anyone else liking it because the mainstream music that everyone likes is shit anyway,”

有關倫敦學生遊行,佢更加不怕被人看小或笑,話自己最近睇了不少馬克斯理論,亦正在消化中。

I’ve never been a real big fan of capitalism. I’ve studied quite a lot of Marxist theory. I’m still quite confused about it, to be honest, but I just like learning about all of it. Knowledge is power.

唔,好,King Krule,你好野。

King Krule- The Noose of Jah City by truepanther